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Transdisciplinary Biomedical Instrumentation Laboratory

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Vancouver, BC

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June 26, 2011

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June 26, 2011

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June 29, 2011



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Laboratories and Projects in BME

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22.1542.1 - 22.1542.11



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Vladimir Genis Drexel University

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Dr. Vladimir Genis, Professor and Engineering Technology, Program Director in the School of Technology and Professional Studies, Drexel University, has developed and taught graduate and undergraduate courses in physics, electronics, nanotechnology, biomedical engineering, nondestructive testing, and acoustics. His research interests include ultrasound wave propagation and scattering, ultrasound imaging, nondestructive testing, electronic instrumentation, piezoelectric transducers, and engineering education. Results of his research work were published in scientific journals and presented at the national and international conferences. Dr. Genis has five U.S. patents. As a team facilitator, he worked on the development of the curriculum for the “Partnership for Innovation in Nanobiotechnology Education” program in collaboration with the University of Pennsylvania and several Community Colleges.

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Donald L. McEachron Drexel University

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Dr. Donald L. McEachron is the Associate Director for Academic Operations and Assessment for the School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems at Drexel University. He holds a B.A. in Behavioral Genetics from the University of California at Berkeley and a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of California at San Diego. In December, 2006, Dr. McEachron completed a M.S. in Information Science at Drexel. Dr. McEachron has worked extensively in the areas of imaging, editing three monographs on imaging applications in biomedicine, as well as numerous papers and presentations. Dr. McEachron’s primary biomedical research has focused on pharmacological and neuroendocrinological manipulations of circadian rhythms and how these manipulations relate to affective disorders. In addition, however, Dr. McEachron has published in a variety of other disciplines, including hominid evolution and education. He has served as PI or Co-PI on a variety of grants from both N.I.H and NSF involving autoradiographic image processing, neuroendocrinology and education. Dr. McEachron is presently finalizing a new textbook entitled Chronobioengineering as well as developing a program to investigate the impact of light and circadian manipulations on immune function in an animal model of AIDS. In addition to his work at Drexel, Dr. McEachron serves as Chair of the Engineering in Biology and Medicine Society, Philadelphia Chapter, IEEE Philadelphia section. In 2005, Dr. McEachron was trained as an IDEAL Scholar in assessment practices by ABET, Inc.

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Fran Cornelius Drexel University

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Frances H. Cornelius, Ph.D., MSN, RN-BC, CNE, is a graduate of Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan and has a master’s degree in Community Health Nursing. Dr. Cornelius received her doctorate from Drexel University in Educational Leadership Development and Learning Technologies. She is currently the Chair, MSN Advance Practice Role Program, Coordinator of Informatics Projects and Associate Clinical Professor at Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Profession teaching in both undergraduate and graduate programs. She is a board certified nurse informaticist and an NLN certified nurse educator. Her area of research involves student learning, development of clinical decision making skills, faculty development in integration and application of instructional technology for classroom innovations and simulation learning experiences, virtual learning environments for DL, and information seeking behaviors among students and professionals in healthcare. For the past 10 years, she has developed and taught courses online in the CNHP’s distance learning program and has served as the faculty mentor in the design, development and delivery of online course material and integration of learning technologies into the classroom. She has extensive experience in the development and delivery of online, hybrid and traditional course content.

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Transdisciplinary Biomedical Instrumentation LaboratoryThe paper describes a transdisciplinary biomedical instrumentation laboratory that will serve as aresearch, educational, and training facility for Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical EngineeringTechnology, and Nursing students of Drexel University. Each group of students will have theopportunity to participate in high impact laboratory experiences designed to promote clinicalefficiency and efficacy while improving medical device design and maintenance and thusreducing medical errors. This will involve creating teams of biomedical engineering, biomedicalengineering technology, and nursing students who participate in a series of laboratoryexperiences and clinical simulations designed to foster a deeper appreciation of the issues andopportunities faced by individuals in these different occupations. In a pilot-scale biomedicalinstrumentation laboratory, biomedical applications and techniques will be studied throughexperiments that closely simulate health care-relevant processes or scenarios. Student teams ofbiomedical engineers, technologists, and nursing students will work together to understandingfundamental issues involving medical device performance and maintenance. These teams willalso participate in clinical simulations so that biomedical engineering and technology studentswill come to understand the environment in which their devices must perform, the individualusers’ needs and expectations, and the workload as it relates to maintenance. The developedlaboratory procedures will expose students to typical applications of medical equipment invarious medical settings and will include characterization of this equipment based on specificregulations of health care industry, including safety and effectiveness issues.

Genis, V., & McEachron, D. L., & Cornelius, F. (2011, June), Transdisciplinary Biomedical Instrumentation Laboratory Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--18355

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