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Degree Programs
Biomedical Engineering (M.S.E.)
The major areas that are emphasized in Mercer’s graduate biomedical engineering program are biomedical instrumentation/imaging, biotransport and biofluids, biomechanics and biomaterials, and tissue and cell engineering. The program is open to all qualified engineers, regardless of undergraduate engineering major. Students who do not have an adequate background may be required to take additional courses. The Master’s degree program in biomedical engineering requires a minimum of 30 credit hours with a minimum of 18 hours in major, at least 12 of which must be at the 600 level.
BME Courses
BME 512. Biomechanics (3 hours)
Prerequisites: EGR 232, EGR 236.
Stress-stain characteristics of bone, muscle, and soft tissues. Analysis of human motion. Design of orthopedic appliances. Study of fracture and failure mechanisms. Evaluation of joint and muscle forces and moments. Time-dependent mechanical properties. Function, lubrication and wear of diarthroidal joints. (Every year)
BME 513. Advanced Biomechanics (3 hours)
Prerequisite: BME 312 or (consent of the instructor).
Current topics in biomechanics research including musculoskeletal mechanics, sports biomechanics, tissue engineering, 3-D segmental analysis, fracture fixation, implant design, and/or clinical biomechanics are examined. Students will be exposed to current issues in the field through discussions, presentations, and paper. This course is available only to students enrolled in a graduate program and contains learning activities consistent with a graduate level engineering course. (Occasionally)
BME 520. Advanced Tissue and Cell Engineering (3 hours)
Prerequisites: C or better in BME 320; or with instructor permission.
A review of current applications of tissue and cell engineering through lecture and discussion of scientific literature. (Every year)
BME 530. Advanced Biomedical Modeling (3 hours)
Prerequisite: BME 340, MAE 330, or BME 540.
In this course, students will learn about a variety of topics pertaining to the important field of biomodeling applications including medical image processing (ScanIP, ScanFE, and ScanCAD), mesh generation (ICEM-CFD), computational solid mechanics modeling and simulations (ANSYS-CFX). The course follows a lecture-lab format, and includes a significant amount of hands-on lab works. The goal of this course is to provide students with a working knowledge of all fundamental biomodeling technology including rapid prototyping, rapid tooling, and biomodeling techniques (i.e., virtual prototyping). Additional concepts important to product development and medical application of prototyping technology will be addressed and exercised in conjunction with the class project. (Every year)
BME 540. Dynamics of Biological Fluids (3 hours)
Prerequisites: BME 340.
Fluid statics. Cardiovascular system function. Rheology of blood. Mechanics of blood vessels. Naiver-Stokes equations. Reynolds number and Womersley parameter. Flow of Newtonian and non-Newtonian fluids. Steady and pulsatile flows. Wave propagation. Design of cardiovascular systems. (Every year)
BME 550. Advanced BioFluids (3 hours)
Prerequisites: BME 440, MAE 430, or BME 540 (or consent of instructor).
The course objectives continue to build on advanced theories and solution techniques related to biological fluid flow phenomena primarily concentrating on the flows in cardiovascular and respiratory systems. Topics covered include: hemodynamics in carotid artery bifurcations, coronary arteries, abdominal bifurcations, arterial anastomoses, and air-particle transport in the lung airways. Computational fluid dynamics modeling and simulation are the tools to solve the flow phenomena numerically. A group project report and presentation, in the form of a conference paper/presentation, are required. This course is available only to students enrolled in a graduate program and contains learning activities consistent with a graduate level engineering course. (Every two years)
BME 560. Biomedical Materials (3 hours)
Prerequisites: BIO 205 or BIO 211, CHM 221, EGR 232.
Chemical and physical properties of metals, polymers, and ceramics for use in biomedical applications. Biological corrosion of materials, and response of living tissue to foreign substances. Criteria for evaluation of materials for prostheses and artificial organs. Design considerations for implantable prostheses materials. (Every year)
BME 570. Biomedical Applications of Microcontrollers (3 hours)
Prerequisite: EGR 245.
Interface of memory and other devices such as analog-to-digital converters and digital-to-analog converters to microcontroller chips. Selection and assembly-language programming of microcontrollers for interfacing to peripherals. Design of microcomputer systems for medical use. Includes laboratory exercises and design projects. (Every year)
BME 591-592-593*. Special Topics (1-6 hours)
BME 610. BME Practice/Emerging Topics (3 hours)
Instruction in the practice of Biomedical Engineering including Good Manufacturing Practices, FDA regulations, and medical device/instrumentation markets. Investigation of emerging biomedical engineering topics of interest such as tissue engineering, surface modification, and implantable controllers. (Occasionally)
BME 620. BME Project/Practicum/Research (3 hours)
Faculty supervised student initiated/directed study that may include a more in-depth analysis of engineering design project, industry practicum, or research project. (Occasionally)
BME 631. Joint Modeling (3 hours)
Prerequisite: undergraduate biomechanics class or permission from the instructor.
Mathematical models for human joints will be developed. Reverse engineering software, such as Mimics or Simpleware will be used to create three dimensional finite element models (3D FEM) from two dimensional Computed Tomography (2D CT) scan data. The finite element models will then be analyzed using commercial software such as ANSYS. The course introduces the basics of CNC machining to design selective orthopedic joint mechanical models for analysis and testing. Students will be expected to complete a class project. (Every two years)
BME 632. Musculoskeletal Injury Mechanics (3 hours)
Prerequisite: undergraduate biomechanics class or permission from the instructor.
The biomechanics of bone fractures and of musculoskeletal injuries related to accidents, including sports injuries, are analyzed. Case studies of bony fractures of patients are the main focus. The mechanisms of orthopedic implant failures are also discussed. Students will be expected to complete a class project. (Every two years)
BME 633. Rehabilitation Engineering Applied to the Musculoskeletal System (3 hours)
Prerequisite: undergraduate biomechanics class or permission from the instructor.
The fundamentals of rehabilitation engineering design, the biomechanics of musculoskeletal mobility/manipulation and FDA regulations for assisting patients with disabilities will be presented. Prostheses and orthoses, including manual/power wheelchairs will be designed. Students will be expected to complete a class project. (Every two years)
BME 636. Advanced Biomaterials in Orthopedic Implants (3 hours)
Prerequisite: undergraduate Biomaterials class or permission from the instructor.
This course emphasizes the applications of orthopedic implants. The material properties and complications of implants and the in vivo environment are presented. Biomechanical aspects of the materials used for most of the endoprostheses in the human body are discussed. Students will be expected to complete a class project. (Every two years)
BME 640. Advanced Bioinstrumentation (3 hours)
Coverage of advanced and emerging topics of bioinstrumentation such as telemetry, imaging, signal processing, and diagnostic/therapeutic instrumentation. (Every two years)
BME 670. Advanced Computational Fluid Dynamics (3 hours)
Prerequisites: BME 440, MAE 330, or BME 540. Undergraduate biofluids or fluid mechanics.
This course is in the field aimed at advanced computational fluid dynamics (CFD) users rather than developers. This course is specifically designed to give an application lead, software oriented approach to understanding and using CFD. This is coupled with a complete grounding in the necessary mathematical principles of CFD. Core mathematics are developed in a step by step fashion, with no assumed steps left out in order to develop a solid understanding of the conservation laws, mathematical transport equations and basic concepts of fluid mechanics and heat transfer that comprise the key to effective use of CFD. A graduate level course for a wide audience of engineering students including Biomedical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering Programs. (Every year)
SPECIAL COURSES: BME 691, 692, 693, 698, 699 for variable credit. May be repeated for credit with permission of advisor. (Occasionally)
BME 691-692-693. Special Topics (1-6 hours)
Possible topics include:
Health Care Delivery Systems
Clinical Information Systems
Biomedical Applications of Digital Signal Processing
Advanced Cardiac Mechanics
Neurophysiology and the Cardiovascular System
Pharmacokinetics and Drug Delivery Systems
Radio technology and Radiological Safety
Clinical Laboratory Procedures
Clinical Laboratory Automation
Kidney Function and Kidney Dialysis
BME 698. Professional Seminar (1-6 hours)
BME 699. Thesis Research (1-6 hours)
A maximum of 6 hours of research may be counted toward the degree if the thesis option is chosen. Only grades of satisfactory or unsatisfactory will be assigned.