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Introducing High School Students to Biomedical Engineering through Summer Camps

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Conference

2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

Indianapolis, Indiana

Publication Date

June 15, 2014

Start Date

June 15, 2014

End Date

June 18, 2014

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Innovations in Pedagogy

Tagged Division

Biomedical

Page Count

15

Page Numbers

24.809.1 - 24.809.15

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https://peer.asee.org/20701

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123

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Mansoor Nasir Lawrence Technological University

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Dr. Mansoor Nasir received his B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from University of Cincinnati and Ph.D.in Bioengineering from University of California-Berkeley. Thereafter, he pursued his research interests first as a postdoctoral associate and then as a Mechanical Engineer at the US Naval Research Laboratory in Washington DC. He has several publications in the areas of microfluidics, chemical and biological sensors and MEMS technology. He is also is passionate about engineering pedagogy and has attended several workshops on using techniques that make the classroom instruction more engaging and effective.

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Joseph Seta Lawrence Technological University

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Joseph Seta received his B.S in biomedical engineering from Lawrence Technological University in 2012. While at Lawrence Technological University, served as the president of the Biomedical Engineering Society student chapter and is a member of Alpha Eta Mu Beta, the national biomedical engineering honor society. He currently holds a research position at Wayne State University with interest in tissue engineering of the musculoskeletal system and clinically translatable technologies.

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Eric G. Meyer Lawrence Technological University

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Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering Program
Director of Experimental Biomechanics Laboratory
Dr. Meyer directs the Experimental Biomechanics Laboratory with the goal to advance experimental biomechanics understanding. Recently, the EBL has partnered with ME and EE faculty to develop a “Biorobotics” facility that provides practical, hands-on experiences to students focused around the topics of sensing, perception, and control in next generation robotics. Meyer teaches Introduction to Biomechanics,Tissue Mechanics, Engineering Applications in Orthopedics and Foundations of Medical Imaging. He has been an active member of the engineering faculty committee that has redesigned the Foundations of Engineering Design Projects course that is required for all freshman in the College of Engineering at LTU. He has published 31 peer-reviewed journal articles. At LTU, Meyer offers a number of outreach programs for high school students and advises many projects for undergraduate students.

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Introducing High School Students to Biomedical Engineering through Summer Camps Joseph Seta, Eric G. Meyer and Mansoor NasirBiomedical Engineering (BME) is a relatively new addition to the traditional engineering schoolsand the number of academic institutions offering Bachelors (BS) degree in BME is everincreasing. However, the graduating high school students have varied perceptions about what aBS in BME entails. This includes an unclear understanding of BME concentrations, the type ofcourses taken by BME undergraduates and the future jobs filled by Biomedical Engineers. Partof the reason for this is because many BME departments are still in the process of finding theright mix of classes that cover both engineering and biological sciences. The other may be theinherent wide range of topics that can be classified as BME.The authors of this abstract are affiliated with a regional technical university that emphasizesengineering pedagogy. The university offers many outreach activities where high schoolstudents have an opportunity to learn and experience different engineering degrees. Thisabstract highlights the efforts of the authors to introduce BME to high school students throughthe week-long summer camp. The goal of the summer camp is to give the participants anopportunity to explore the role of biomedical engineers in ‘designing procedures andequipment that assist in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disease and injury’. Theparticipants in these camps have different backgrounds and motivations for being there andtechnical information must be inclusive and presented in an engaging and informative mannerusing a variety of media. The best methodology of conducting such camps is to introduce thedifferent areas of BME through a combination of oral presentations, hands-on activities, toursand discussions of future opportunities. Some of the BME areas in this summer camp werebiomechanics, bioMEMS, microfluidics and medical sensors. Of the 16 students that attended,14 students responded in the exit survey. 71% of student rated the summer camp as good and57% said that they will probably recommend the camp to others. The students were alsosurveyed about the specific hands-on activities and provided vital feedback about the ones thatwere popular and the ones which were not well-received.Ultimately, the success of such activities lies in providing a glimpse of the basic engineeringdesign tools and instrumentation used in medical settings and by getting the participantsenthusiastic about pursuing a postsecondary degree in an emerging engineering field that aimsat enhancing the quality of life.

Nasir, M., & Seta, J., & Meyer, E. G. (2014, June), Introducing High School Students to Biomedical Engineering through Summer Camps Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. https://peer.asee.org/20701

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