Biomedical, Industrial, and Human Factors Engineering

Research Areas and Faculty

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Biomedical Engineering

Biomaterials/Tissue Engineering

Provides the student with a background in both theory and application on the use of natural and synthetic materials and their interactions with biological tissues. Our work focuses on materials that can stimulate beneficial biological responses from the body, such as the stimulation of tissue repair. Tissue engineering has the potential to achieve this by combining materials design and engineering with cell therapy. Biomaterials can provide physical supports for engineered tissues and powerful topographical and chemical cues to guide cells. In addition, the introduction of nanoscale cues, such as nanotopography or nanoparticles as therapeutic agents, provide an exciting approach to modulate cell function.

Topics

  • Scaffold design and fabrication
  • Adult stem cell differentiation control
  • Development of tissue engineering constructs for drug development
  • Biomaterials for orthopedic prosthetics
  • Computational biomechanics
  • Nanomedical formulations

Biomedical Systems Engineering

Provides the student with a background in both theory and application that covers two or more of the departmental focus areas. This allows students with diverse interests a viable alternative within the program.

Faculty

Neuroengineering

Provides the student with a background in fundamental principles and computational methods of how the nervous system works, and electrical stimulation and imaging modalities that yield spinal cord and brain-based measurements, as well as vibrotactile stimulation to improve human performance. Emphasis is placed on employing brain imaging and neural recording techniques to analyze human motor performance.

Topics

  • Neurorehabilitation
  • Neurodegeneration
  • Brain machine interface-based decoders
  • Neuroimaging
  • Neuromodulation
  • Motoneuron recording and signal analysis
  • Haptic sensory augmentation

Medical Devices

Provides the student with a background in both theory and application of the design, development, and evaluation of medical devices. Emphasis is placed on the understanding and application of design principles, safety, and regulatory requirements, as well as usability and accessibility standards. 

Topics

  • Orthopedic devices
  • Device biomechanics assessment and failure analyses
  • Nanoengineered devices and microfluidics
  • Navigational aid for minimally invasive surgery
  • Sensorized tools for image-guided intervention
  • Visualization system for robotic surgery
  • Haptic devices for endoscopy
  • Biomedical imaging devices implementation for clinical use
  • Optimize device data acquisition, visualization, contrast enhancement and analysis of signals from biomedical instruments

Medical Imaging

Provides the student with a background in methods for understanding and applying noninvasive optical imaging of brain function and cancer in preclinical and clinical settings. Emphasis is placed on the development of novel optical imaging instrumentation and computational methods, integrating engineering, physics, medicine and neuroscience.

Topics

  • Neurophotonics & Neuromodulation
  • Cancer Diagnosis & Therapy Monitoring
  • Image Processing & Computer Modelling
  • Optical Instrumentation
  • Preclinical and Clinical Applications

Industrial and Human Factors Engineering

Supply Chain and Logistics

Provides the student with a background in both theory and application of systems-based modeling, manufacturing design, and continuous improvement. Emphasis is placed on the application of optimization, heuristic approaches, simulation, and data mining techniques.

Topics

  • Network design
  • Warehousing and distribution planning
  • Facility layout (manufacturing and retail)
  • Inventory management
  • Demand forecasting
  • Scheduling

Decision Analytics

Provides the student with a background in both theory and application of optimization-based and dynamic systems modeling. Emphasis is placed on mathematical techniques, computer modeling, and experimental methods as they relate to the design, development and analysis of complex, distributed systems.

Topics

  • Healthcare
  • Retail analytics
  • Revenue management
  • Teleoperation/Command-and-Control

Human Factors, Ergonomics, and User Experience

Provides the student with a background in human factors methods for understanding and applying usability engineering, computer interface design, simulations and virtual environments, systems modeling, and information design to enhance human and system performance. Emphasis is placed on human-computer interaction, cognitive modeling and experimental methods as they relate to the design, development and analysis of systems.

Topics

  • Petrochemical industries
  • Military
  • Healthcare

Neuroengineering

Provides the student with a background in principles, computational methods, and technologies in the area of applying brain-based measurements to improve human performance. Emphasis is placed on employing brain imaging and neural recording techniques to analyze human motor performance.

Topics

  • Cognitive neuroengineering
  • Brain imaging (CT, MRI, fNIRS, etc.)
  • Motoneuron recording and signal analysis

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