Biomedical, Industrial, and Human Factors Engineering


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Bioinstrumentation Lab

Located in 203 Russ Engineering Center this multidisciplinary lab has students use a variety of instrumentation, test equipment, hardware, and software to perform experiments in electronics and biomedical engineering; including electronic circuit analysis, ECG generation and manipulation, various sensors such as strain gages, and a host of other BME-based lab activities.

Ergonomics Lab

Located in 448 Russ Engineering Center provides students studying ergonomics access to adjustable assembly space and engineering instruments to measure force and positions experienced by workers performing varying tasks. 

Biomechanics and Tissue Engineering Lab

Located in 434 Neuroscience Engineering Collaboration building the Biomaterials and Biomechanics Lab is used by students to test materials. They determine how hard, strong, and tough the materials are to determine their applicability in the human body. Based on these mechanical properties one can use different materials for prosthetics and total joint replacements. Students also use microscopes to characterize what kind of damage implants undergo during the course of usage. We collect devices removed from revision surgery and bring them here so that students can determine how they suffer inside the human body. Graduate students then determine the causes of failure.

We also have computer simulation software used by students to build atoms together to know their behavior, to make 3D models of the implants, print them, and perform computer simulations as to how long they may last inside the body. Apart from these we have 3D body scanners and digitizing walk profiles to learn how humans walk and what kind of forces they generate.

Learn more about the Biomaterials and Biomechanics Lab (PDF)

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Interactions, Design, Modeling Lab

Located in 225 Russ Engineering Center with research focuses on core areas of cognitive modeling, decision-making, simulation and modeling, computational neuroscience, and human factors engineering. We conduct research in mobile computing, technologies for health and wellness, social networking, affective computing, design theory, and other related areas. Our work seeks to understand how technology can help enable more healthy, socially connected, reflective living.

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Nanomedicine Lab

Located in the 226 Russ Engineering Center includes equipment for producing nanostructured materials and characterizing their basic structural, chemical, and optical properties. In addition, synthesis methods based on solution-phase chemistry of nanostructured materials and nanoscale fabrication by self-assembly. It also supports infrastructure for microfabrication of PDMS-based microfluidics devices by a laser engraver and an oxygen plasma etcher/cleaner system, and bacterial cultures for developing biofilms.

Neuro Engineering Rehabilitation and Degeneration Lab

Located in the Neuroscience Engineering Collaboration (NEC) building, the multidisciplinary NERD lab has students from different backgrounds (engineering, neuroscience, biology) conducting a variety of biomedical experiments (computer modeling, electrophysiology, immunohistochemistry, behavioral) to study neurodegenerative diseases (e.g., amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, ALS, and frontotemporal dementia, FTD), aging, neuroprosthetics, and brain-machine interface.

Visit the Neuro Engineering Rehabilitation and Degeneration Lab

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Smart Manufacturing Lab

Located in 220 Russ Engineering Center the GP8 Robot Cart features the same robot and equipment, including electric gripper and vision camera, that student will use in industry after graduation. It features the 6 axis Yaskawa GP8 robotic arm used in high speed assembly and material handling applications. The robot cart will be used to introduce students to Smart Manufacturing and give students hands-on experience with technology that will position them for an exciting career in engineering.

Baxter is helpful in understanding human machine teaming.  It can take simple directions and place things like blocks or move items.  It can be used in smart manufacturing.

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Tissue Culture Facility

Located in the 252 Russ Engineering Center supports research by providing space, equipment, cell cultures (mammalian), media, supplies, and training. The Facility also offers technical expertise and hands on support for custom research projects. Labs are equipped with laminar flow hoods, incubators, centrifuges, refrigerators/freezers, basic microscopes, and automated cell counters.


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