Asee peer logo

Hands On Experiments To Teach Engineering Principles Through Physiologic Applications

Download Paper |


2003 Annual Conference


Nashville, Tennessee

Publication Date

June 22, 2003

Start Date

June 22, 2003

End Date

June 25, 2003



Conference Session

NSF Grantees Poster Session

Page Count


Page Numbers

8.622.1 - 8.622.9



Permanent URL

Download Count


Request a correction

Paper Authors

author page

John Schmalzel

author page

Jennifer Kadlowec

author page

Anthony Marchese

author page

Shreekanth Mandayam

author page

Stephanie Farrell

Download Paper |


The human body is an exquisite combination of interacting systems which can be analyzed using multidisciplinary engineering principles. We have developed a series of hands- on modules that introduce freshman engineering students to chemical, mechanical, and electrical engineering principles through application to the human body. Students are engaged in the scientific discovery process as they explore the engineering systems within the human body using exciting hands-on “reverse engineering” methods. The modules explore respiration, metabolism, pulmonary mechanics, the cardiovascular system, work and power, electrical signals, biomechanics, and mechanics of materials. Through the investigation of these systems, students learn basic concepts of mass and energy balances; fluid flow; work, energy, and efficiency; forces and levers; material strength and stresses; and electrical signal processing. This paper describes each module and includes an outline of the relevant measurements, calculations, and engineering principles.

Schmalzel, J., & Kadlowec, J., & Marchese, A., & Mandayam, S., & Farrell, S. (2003, June), Hands On Experiments To Teach Engineering Principles Through Physiologic Applications Paper presented at 2003 Annual Conference, Nashville, Tennessee. 10.18260/1-2--11823

ASEE holds the copyright on this document. It may be read by the public free of charge. Authors may archive their work on personal websites or in institutional repositories with the following citation: © 2003 American Society for Engineering Education. Other scholars may excerpt or quote from these materials with the same citation. When excerpting or quoting from Conference Proceedings, authors should, in addition to noting the ASEE copyright, list all the original authors and their institutions and name the host city of the conference. - Last updated April 1, 2015