Special Topics in Biomedical Engineering

Dr. Amy Doll received $200 from the ELIFF grant to let her students travel and meet with medical professionals to observe biomedical instrumentation and devices in the clinical setting for real-time patient diagnostic procedures. Students in her electrical and computer engineering (ECE) 499/595 courses built several electronic instruments from scratch to capture, process, and display biological sensor data, similar to the actual devices used by practicing medical professionals. 

Doll's courses provided an introduction to special topics in biomedical engineering. An overview of anatomy and physiology, biomimetics and biologically inspired design, cardiac and neuromuscular biomechanics, biomaterials, biosensors, bioinstrumentation, biomedical modeling, neuroscience, medical imaging, robotics in medicine, and biomedical optics and lasers was provided. 

Students had the opportunity to attend industry site visits and lectures with practicing clinical professionals in the medical field including WillowWood Prosthetics; Premier Health Care; and Ethicon Endo-Surgery to apply knowledge learned in the classroom to real-world experiences, and observe first-hand, how biomedical engineers work within the field of medicine. Several hands-on integrated mini-projects were assigned throughout the semester to promote experiential learning wherein the students practiced newly acquired knowledge through building and testing actual electronic devices. These projects involved: electronic circuit design to create simple bioinstrumentation devices signal processing; biosensor integration; and medical imaging analysis of X-Ray and CT scans via Matlab. 

After each industry site visit, the students were asked to author a several-page reflection paper, which highlights new information learned, as well as personal reflections about the medical procedure and technology observed, along with new ideas and brainstorming. This included a literature review of follow-along resources found after further research/interest generated by the experience. In addition, for the hands-on device-building experiments, both an oral presentation and formal written report will be required. As another reflection component, the students were asked to discuss how the experiential learning opportunity enriched their overall learning experience. 

Name & Title

Email: Amy Neidhard-Doll

Phone: 937-229-3611

Full-Time Faculty
School of Engineering: Innovation Center, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering