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Concentration

Engineering: Biomedical

Biomedical Engineering (BME), or Bioengineering, is the application of traditional engineering expertise and practices to problems in biology and medicine.

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Biomedical engineers work alongside other health care professionals in a wide range of capacities. They might perform research to improve our understanding of how the human body works, design new devices or techniques to diagnose and treat diseases, perform motion analysis to improve the performance of professional athletes, or develop new materials that are used to make prosthetics or implants more durable.


INTERESTING CLASSES YOU'LL TAKE

The curriculum Biomedical Engineering concentration consists of a broad interdisciplinary engineering core, supplemented with biology courses and completed with upper-level BME courses and research.

  • Biomechanics
  • Human Anatomy & Physiology
  • Junior Biomedical Engineering Research
  • Biosignal Analysis

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PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

Our biomedical engineering courses include hands-on projects in musculoskeletal biomechanics using research-grade equipment in  Biomedical Engineering Lab. Our students will have research experiences in their Junior Biomedical Engineering Research I & II and Senior Design I & II. Some of their work has been presented at national academic conferences. 

 

 

Research in the BME Program

One of the current research focuses on the biomechanics of uni-lateral transfemoral (above-knee) amputee gait and designing a more functional prosthetic leg including the knee and ankle joints. One of the problems in a prosthetic knee joint is “knee-buckling” that is unwanted sudden knee flexion (bending) during weight-bearing. Since individuals with transfemoral amputation do not have muscles to directly control their prosthetic leg, they fall once the prosthetic knee starts to buckle. In order to prevent knee-buckling and consequential falling, they need to fully extend their prosthetic knee during weight-bearing. But this “straight-leg” requirement causes deviations from normal gait pattern, and leads to secondary physical conditions such as joint injuries on the intact leg. Also, the “straight-leg” condition may not always be achievable when negotiating uneven terrains. BME students can work on this project in their junior research classes and/or in senior design. Recent national conference presentations by some BME students related to this project include:

Hayley, B., LaVier, H., Iverson, M., Moon, A., Patterson, K., and Sasaki, K. (2018). Intact Leg Loading in Simulated Unilateral Transfemoral Amputee Gait. Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Biomedical Engineering Society, October 17-20, Atlanta, GA.

Henson, D., Lichtenberg, J., Saldana, R., SosaSaenz, S., and Sasaki, K. (2017). Preliminary Validation of Transfemoral Prosthetic Gait Simulator. Proceedings of the 41st Annual Meeting of the American Society of Biomechanics, August 8-11, Boulder, CO.

 

Engineering World Health (EWH) Design Competition

Our BME senior design team won first place in the 2019 Engineering World Heath Design Competition with their Noninvasive Hemoglobin Screening Device.  Clemson University took 2nd place and the University of Minnesota Twin Cities took 3rd for their entries, which included a breast pump to reduce mother-to-child HIV infections and a low-cost infusion pump, respectively.

LETU engineering professor and faculty advisor Dr. Paul Leiffer said he was particularly proud of the students for their first place win, considering that this was the first year that LETU had entered the competition and that winners in the past five years included top-rated universities, including Purdue University, which had won first place in the international competition the previous two years.

 

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3D Printed Assitive Device

Individual special-topic projects are also possible based on students’ interest. For example, a BME student has recently designed a 3D-printed assistive device for a girl to play the violin. 

    

https://www.tallahassee.com/story/news/2018/08/08/students-pink-prototype-allows-tallahassee-girl-one-hand-play-violin/650865002/

 

 

Students pursuing a B.S. in Engineering, Biomedical concentration participate in a variety of senior design projects.

 


WHAT CAN YOU DO WITH THIS CONCENTRATION?

  • Biomedical Engineer
  • Quality Engineer, Medical Devices
  • Manufacturing Engineer
  • Research Engineer
  • Design Engineer

With a degree in engineering with a biomedical concentration from LeTourneau University, you'll be equipped to find a fulfilling career in a dynamic, challenging environment right out of school. Biomedical engineering graduates are employed in universities, hospitals, medical research facilities and even government agencies. However, many LETU students also go on to study engineering at the graduate level or choose to enter medical school.

 

MEET THE FACULTY

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Dr. Ko Sasaki

Program Coordinator Biomedical Engineering

Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering

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Dr. Paul Leiffer

Professor, Electrical Engineering

 


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