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Board 2: Work in Progress: Development of a Biomedical Engineering Concentration Area within an Integrated Engineering Major Emphasizing Sociotechnical Thinking

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2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Tampa, Florida

Publication Date

June 15, 2019

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June 15, 2019

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June 19, 2019

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Biomedical Engineering Division Poster Session

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Biomedical Engineering

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Mark A. Chapman University of San Diego Orcid 16x16

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Mark Chapman is an assistant professor at the University of San Diego in the Department of Integrated Engineering. His interests lie in the fields of skeletal muscle mechanics, muscle disease, exercise physiology, international education and engineering education. He earned his MS and PhD in bioengineering from the University of California, San Diego and a B.S. in biomedical engineering from the University of Minnesota.

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Gordon D Hoople University of San Diego Orcid 16x16

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Dr. Gordon D. Hoople is an assistant professor and one of the founding faculty members of integrated engineering at the University of San Diego. He is passionate about creating engaging experiences for his students. His work is primarily focused on two areas: engineering education and design. Professor Hoople’s engineering education research examines the ways in which novel approaches can lead to better student outcomes. He is the principal investigator on the National Science Foundation Grant “Reimagining Energy: Exploring Inclusive Practices for Teaching Energy Concepts to Undergraduate Engineering Majors.” He has also co-developed a unique interdisciplinary course, Drones for Good, where engineering students partner with peace studies students to design a quadcopter that will have a positive impact on society.

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G. Bryan Cornwall PhD P.E. Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, University of San Diego Orcid 16x16

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G. Bryan Cornwall, PhD, MBA, PEng is an adjunct faculty member at the University of San Diego (USD) Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering.Dr. Cornwall’s academic background includes a Bachelor of Applied Science in mechanical engineering, a Master of Applied Science in material science, and a PhD in mechanical engineering, specializing in Orthopaedic Biomechanics from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. He is registered as a Professional Engineer.

Dr. Cornwall spent twenty years in the medical device industry with fourteen years as an executive in publicly traded companies. He has also completed a MBA at the Rady School of Management at the University of California, San Diego and was named a Rady fellow. He has published over 24 peer-reviewed publications, eight book chapters, and 24 US patents.

Dr. Cornwall’s academic interests include: biomechanics, biomaterials, mechanical design, entrepreneurship, and innovation in medical devices and music. He has an active and long-standing interest in not-for-profit volunteering and service. Bryan is also an active runner completing more than 20 marathons around the world. He is a member of the “7 Continent Club” completing marathons on 7 of 7 continents including Comrades (the Ultimate Human Race) in South Africa.

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In this ‘Work in Progress’ paper, we present our efforts to develop a new concentration area in biomedical engineering (BME) within a newly created Integrated Engineering major at a primarily undergraduate institution that has been a “Changemaker”-designated campus since 2011. The goal with the development of our BME concentration area is to provide students with an engineering curriculum that is explicitly sociotechnical in nature. By sociotechnical we mean that our students should understand engineering is not simply technical problem solving but requires an understanding of how engineering solutions must integrate both social and technical elements. This is a theme across our entire Integrated Engineering major and is of particular relevance for students interested in biomedical applications.

Chapman, M. A., & Hoople, G. D., & Cornwall, G. B. (2019, June), Board 2: Work in Progress: Development of a Biomedical Engineering Concentration Area within an Integrated Engineering Major Emphasizing Sociotechnical Thinking Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--32293

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