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A Non Orthodox Method For A Biomedical Engineering Program

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2002 Annual Conference


Montreal, Canada

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June 16, 2002

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June 16, 2002

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June 19, 2002



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New Approaches in Engineering Curriculum

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7.79.1 - 7.79.6



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Melany Ciampi

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Claudio Brito

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A Non Orthodox Method for a Biomedical Engineering Program

Claudio da Rocha Brito, Melany M. Ciampi University Center of Lusiada


The new world that is emerging brings to the education institutions the challenge of forming a new kind of professional: a professional with solid formation, who is capable to think global and acting locally. In a Country like Brazil it is very important to have engineers committed with science and technology research principally in biomedical field, because despite of all problems of policy nature it has, it is a Country that medical and engineering fields are not behind any other, Country like USA and France for example. So it is possible to get good results in the proposal of university programs for these areas. With the goal to change the old orthodox pedagogy for engineering education the coordinating team of Engineering College of Lusiada University Center has conceived a different kind of engineering program. It is a five years program of Biomedical Engineering, which main characteristic is the inclusion of what has been named “Challenge Cycle”. It consists in extra classes of peculiar areas of human knowledge, specially selected to make the students to develop their abilities of applying their skills in the global context with success. The courses last a period of four months each and the professionals are invited, some of them belong to the academic midst, others not and they are hired specially for this program. They are engineers with solid theoretical knowledge of management, economy and law and possessing great biomedical basis. At the end of the Biomedical Engineering Program the student will have a full formation in Electrical and Computer Engineering, which is necessary in according to the Education Law for third degree in Brazil.

I. Introduction

Education has most of all, to promote the natural ability of the mind to set and to solve problems and by inter-relation to stimulate the full usage of general intelligence. This general intelligence is the human capability to deal with problem viewing the global aspects that surround it. So it is the global and the complexity that are now more than ever evident in our lives.

Are the Universities prepared to defeat the challenges promoted by the development of science and technology? The answer is yes, because it is a secular institution that has been adapted itself to the needs of society since its creation, even in a Country in development like Brazil, where the Universities are very young. In a country like Brazil it is very important to form professionals committed with the creation and development of science, principally in biomedical field, because Brazil despite of all problems of management it has, it is a Country, which in medical and engineering areas are not behind other developed Countries. So it is possible to get good results in the proposal of university programs for these areas.

Proceedings of the 2002 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright Ó 2002, American Society for Engineering Education

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Ciampi, M., & Brito, C. (2002, June), A Non Orthodox Method For A Biomedical Engineering Program Paper presented at 2002 Annual Conference, Montreal, Canada. 10.18260/1-2--11068

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