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Medical Physics Curriculum for Undergraduate Engineering Students

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Vancouver, BC

Publication Date

June 26, 2011

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June 26, 2011

End Date

June 29, 2011



Conference Session

Multidisciplinary Poster Session

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Multidisciplinary Engineering

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22.1058.1 - 22.1058.15



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Renat Letfullin Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

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Renat R. Letfullin is associate professor of physics and optical engineering department at the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. He has extensive academic credentials in nanotechnology and specializes in laser physics, wave and quantum optics, aerosol physics, biophotonics and nanomedicine, where he is using laser-induced explosion of absorbing nanoparticles in selective nanophotothermolysis of cancer.

Letfullin served as senior researcher at the Lebedev Physics Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences (Samara branch), 1993 - 2002, and research associate at Mississippi State University, 2002 - 2004. His research activities have included the electrodynamics of super-high-energy pulsed chemical lasers based on photon-branched chain reactions; the auto-wave effect of photon-branched chain reactions; the effect of giant laser energy gain; optical effects of diffractive multifocal focusing of radiation; theoretical modeling of laser light interaction with biological systems containing nanostructures; development of new dynamic modes for treating cancer cells by laser-activated nanoheaters; nanoparticle optics; laser heating and evaporation of nanostructures; and optical breakdown of aerosols.

Letfullin has published over 150 articles and conference proceedings and 11 book chapters on chemical lasers, diffractive optics, ultrashort laser physics, nanotechnology, nanomedicine and aerosol physics. He owns 4 patents in laser technology and optical engineering and has presented 38 invited seminars, colloquia and talks on scientific research and higher education. He is a member of the Optical Society of America, Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers and American Society for Engineering Education.

Letfullin earned his bachelor's degree in physics, and a master's degree in optics and spectroscopy at Russia's Samara State University. He received his doctorate in laser physics from Saratov State University in Russia, followed by postdoctoral studies in optics at Mississippi State University.

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Medical Physics Curriculum for Undergraduate Engineering Students AbstractMedical physics demands expertise from a wide variety of disciplines and combines areas suchas medical imaging, radiation therapy, nuclear oncology, even a new rapidly-growing field ofnanomedicine. Medical physicists often have a physics or engineering background, but at thesame time possess knowledge about radiation-tissue interactions and good general knowledge ofbiology, anatomy and physiology. The training of professionals and contributing to thistechnological field requires multidisciplinary education. In this paper, we are striving to enrichthe science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) students by developing anundergraduate program in medical physics. We discuss the new curriculum and theresearch/design sequence in medical physics for the undergraduate students. This innovativeprogram will offer to undergraduate students both course work and intensive researchexperiences to better prepare them to lead the discovery of superior diagnostic techniques andtreatments of cancer diseases.

Letfullin, R. (2011, June), Medical Physics Curriculum for Undergraduate Engineering Students Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--18339

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