June 22, 2013
June 22, 2013
June 22, 2013
Student and Curriculum Development
21.54.1 - 21.54.9
Multi-purpose Advanced Teaching and Basic Research Analytical and Physical Chemistry Laboratory at Khalifa University’s Biomedical Engineering Department Challenges in setting up a biomedical engineering focused laboratory for analytical and physicalchemistry that can support teaching and research processes in parallel, at a start-up researchuniversity, are presented. Some of the challenges are born out of the demographic circumstances ofthe educational ecosystem, such as when the institution (in this case, Khalifa University - KUSTAR)has two non-traditional constituent populations:1. a unique student population (a mix of about 80% of UAE nationals and 20% Middle East and North Africa student, nearly all of whom are ESL speakers), and2. a rather diverse faculty and administrative population (diverse in the sense of the professional research training and background, ethnicity and the outlooks on the balance between research and teaching). In the Biomedical Engineering (BME) Department, established in 2009 with the firstundergraduate class graduating in December 2013, we needed the satisfy the need to provide acreative, student-centered, interactive-engagement-friendly teaching environment, where learningoutcomes of the chemistry courses will satisfy: (1) entry standards of the leading North Americanand European graduate schools, (2) local biomedical characterization needs, as well as (3) therequirements of the ABET accreditation process, which Khalifa University is reading itself toundertake. In parallel with these teaching and learning requirements, the BME Department neededto initiate the first wave of faculty hiring, with the goal of supporting two major researchthrusts/themes, broadly titled as: (1) augmentation of human performance (such as robotics,neuroengineering etc.), and (2) metabolic diseases thrust (diabetes and related illnesses); both thrustsbeing the focus of the growing health concerns among UAE citizens.Figure above illustrates the initial organization of the first phase of such a laboratory, with two major“clusters”. In this Report, we elaborate on how these seven measurement setups are used to supporta significant fraction of the three post-freshmen chemistry courses, and, how they also serve as anincubator of the small “User Facility” type of the lab for the basic part of the startup faculty research.
Isakovic, A. F., & Ling, S. S. F., & Boularaoui, S. M., & Timraz, S. B., & Kara, M. (2013, June), Multi-purpose Advanced Teaching and Basic Research Analytical and Physical Chemistry Laboratory at Khalifa University’s Biomedical Engineering Department Paper presented at 2013 ASEE International Forum, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--17259
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