Biomedical Engineering: Design of Tissue-Engineered Materials
Are you passionate about innovative approaches to improving human health? Biomedical engineers apply principles of biology, medicine, and science, along with problem-solving skills and critical thinking, to a broad spectrum of problems, from designing regenerative medicine and new methods of drug delivery to micro-devices and gene therapy.
In this course, you will explore how tissue engineering applies math and science fundamentals to the development of replacement cells, tissues, and organs -- for example, to design, grow, and build the optimal artificial heart. You will:
* Formulate solutions to biologically-relevant problems
* Explore the importance of mechanical and material properties in replacement tissue design
* Apply fundamental biology, physiology, and math principles to analyzing the effectiveness of potential tissue-engineered materials
* Interpret data from experiments involving natural and tissue-engineered materials to improve tissue-engineered designs
* Consider the societal implications of decisions relating to the ethical design of tissue-engineered materials.
Recommended prerequisite: Exploring Engineering
Please note: Students who have completed Algebra 1 and Trigonometry are best prepared to participate in this course.
You will need the following to participate in this online course:
• Computer with internet access and browser
• Headphones or speakers
Related courses: Materials Engineering: Using Nanotechnology to Design a Space Elevator; Renewable Energy: Wind Turbine Design.
You might also be interested in: Engineering Biomedical Systems (on campus course), Introduction to Stem Cells and Tissue Engineering (on campus course), Techniques in DNA-Based Biotechnology (on campus course)