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“Innovations in Biomedical Engineering in West Michigan” by Samhita Rhodes, PhD, Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering Chair, Grand Valley State University
Biomedical engineering integrates physical, chemical, mathematical, and computational sciences and engineering principles to study biology, medicine, behavior, and health. It advances fundamental concepts: creates knowledge from the molecular to the organ system level; and develops innovative biologics, materials, processes, implants, devices and informatics approaches for the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disease, for patient rehabilitation, and for improving health. The new Master of Science in Engineering program in Biomedical Engineering at GVSU is designed to leverage the rapid growth of health care technology in West Michigan. Our program is designed for students to be involved in cutting edge biomedical research and work on projects that directly affect patients’ lives. Three such projects will be described – the power wheelchair trainer, registration of CT images, and development of an electronic trainer for laparoscopic surgery. In addition, information regarding the MSE Biomedical Engineering program at GVSU will be provided.