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BME 768 Biomedical Microsystems

This course is to examine Micro-Electro-Mechanical-Systems (MEMS) as a tool for detecting signals or performing functions for biomedical research and clinical purposes. Emphases are on the operational principles of microsensors and microactuators, fabrication processes, and the interface of microtransducers with biological subjects.


  • Introduction
  • Transducer Concept
  • Natural Sensors and Actuators
  • Performance and Characteristics of Sensors and Actuators
  • Materials and Mechanics
  • Microfabrication
  • Mechanical Sensors
  • Inertial Sensors
  • Electrostatic Sensors/Actuators
  • Thermal Sensors
  • Acoustic Sensors
  • Optical Sensors
  • Magnetic Sensors/Actuators
  • Chemical Sensors
  • Sensors and Actuators in Microfluidics
  • Design Tools


BME 767 BioMEMS Microfabrication

Overview of microfabrication technologies, including silicon microfabrication, polymer microfabrication, and advanced microfabrication topics. Microfabrication processes will also be presented to the students by several case studies, including representative microdevices in different fields.


  • Cleanroom Practice and Facilities
  • Silicon Microfabrication
  • Polymer microfabrication
  • Incorporation of Biomaterials
  • Advanced microfabrication Techniques
  • Packaging
  • Characterization of BioMEMS
  • Case studies


BME 441 Biomechanics

Mechanical characterization of biological tissues at the cellular, organ, and system level; exploration of biomechanical factors of physiological and pathological conditions.


  • Introduction to Biomechanics
  • Cellular Biomechanics
  • Hemodynamics
  • The Circulatory System
  • Ocular Biomechanics
  • The Respiratory System
  • Muscles and Movement
  • Skeletal Biomechanics
  • Terrestrial Locomotion
  • Lab – Bone Mechanics
  • Lab – Ligament Mechanics