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Teaching Of Biomedical Manufacturing In The Undergraduate Manufacturing/Mechanical Engineering Programs

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Conference

2010 Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

Louisville, Kentucky

Publication Date

June 20, 2010

Start Date

June 20, 2010

End Date

June 23, 2010

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Manufacturing Division Poster Session

Tagged Division

Manufacturing

Page Count

8

Page Numbers

15.1182.1 - 15.1182.8

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https://peer.asee.org/15707

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Dave Kim Washington State University, Vancouver

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Wei Li University of Texas

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Tamara Wogen Washington State University, Vancouver

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Biomedical Manufacturing in the Undergraduate Manufacturing/Mechanical Engineering Programs

Abstract

Biomedical manufacturing defined as “the applications of manufacturing technology to advance the safety, quality, cost, efficiency, and speed of healthcare service and research” is a rapidly growing field. This field is unlike many other businesses in the US manufacturing industry where downsizing is common in a slow economy. According to the US Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, a 21 % employment growth can be expected for the biomedical engineers over the next decade. Only a few manufacturing programs offer biomedical engineering related courses. This paper describes the definition and characteristics of biomedical manufacturing. Topics (biomedical device manufacturing, biomedical product manufacturing, and surgical tool manufacturing) in biomedical manufacturing are also discussed. A survey of existing biomedical manufacturing related courses in the manufacturing engineering programs will be presented. The contents of these courses often contain an overview of anatomy, physiology, tissue and biomaterials, US FDA’s good manufacturing practice, and medical device manufacturing.

1. Introduction

Manufacturing has changed drastically in the past years and the manufacturing engineering curricula has also changed. Recently, leaders in manufacturing education have been working on the recommended curricula, so called Curricula 2015 [1]. According to the paper published in 2009 ASEE conference [1], bio-product manufacturing was chosen as a new discipline that the educators should focus on. For bio-product manufacturing or biomanufacturing, a unified definition is definitely lacking. Often, biomanufacturing deals with the production of pharmaceuticals and agricultural products [2], which is mainly a subject under the disciplines of chemistry, biochemistry, biology, and chemical engineering. The term, ‘biomanufacturing’, could be too broad and the manufacturing educators need to narrow down the scope. In 2008, Mechanical Engineering Professor A. J. Shih at University of Michigan published a paper on biomedical manufacturing [3], which has been studied actively in the manufacturing research community. In the same year, the special issue on biomedical manufacturing was published in the ASME Journal of Manufacturing Science and Engineering. In 2009, SME also published the special issue on Medical Manufacturing [4]. In this paper, biomedical manufacturing was chosen for the topic, because it can be well related to the manufacturing/mechanical engineering programs. This survey paper will introduce its definition and characteristics, and various topics such as biomedical device manufacturing and biomedical product manufacturing. A survey of existing biomedical manufacturing related courses in the manufacturing/mechanical engineering programs will be presented. The contents of these courses often contain an overview of anatomy,

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Kim, D., & Li, W., & Wogen, T. (2010, June), Teaching Of Biomedical Manufacturing In The Undergraduate Manufacturing/Mechanical Engineering Programs Paper presented at 2010 Annual Conference & Exposition, Louisville, Kentucky. https://peer.asee.org/15707

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