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Biomedical Engineering

Biomedical Engineering Accreditation

The bachelor of science in biomedical engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET, http://www.abet.org

The program is one of only fifty Biomedical Engineering Programs in the United States to be accredited by Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET, http://www.abet.org, and was the seventh program to achieve accreditation.

Biomedical Engineering Program Educational Objectives

Graduates of the program are well prepared for taking the Fundamentals of Engineering examination. Established in 1972, the Biomedical Engineering Department remains one of the oldest, largest and strongest such programs in the United States.

Biomedical Engineering Program Educational Objectives (adopted September 29, 2000, revised May 2, 2008)

BIENOb1 (Careers): Graduates of the program will find employment as biomedical engineers or be admitted for continued study in engineering, science, business, medicine, or other professional programs.

BIENOb2 (Skills): Graduates of the program will apply the skills obtained from the program to biomedical or other multidisciplinary fields.

BIENOb3 (Professionalism): Graduates of the program will communicate effectively, undertake professional responsibilities, and function effectively as members and leaders of multi-disciplinary teams.

BIENOb4 (Life-Long Learning): Graduates of the program will continue to develop their knowledge and skills throughout their careers.

The Biomedical Engineering program educational objectives are directly linked to the university's fundamental mission of maintaining "as its highest priority, the education of its students" and "preparing students to achieve their goals." BIENOb1 refers to the way that the graduate's solid engineering and science foundation will serve the students in a variety of careers. We expect that most of our students will work in a field of engineering or medicine, but we also know that the background they obtain from our program will serve them if they choose another career path. BIENOb2 states that our students are expected to contribute professionally upon graduation. This objective has a basis in the University's mission to "provide opportunities for interaction between students and the larger business and civic community," to ‘integrate advanced technology into teaching and learning," and to provide students with "advanced technological skills." It also relates to the stated need to "see research and teaching as intertwined" by fostering the hands-on experiences that come from inclusion of undergraduates in our research laboratories. BIENOb3 states that we expect our graduates not only to be productive in the biomedical community, but also to flourish and to "fulfill community and civic obligations," as stated in the University's mission. BIENOb4 enables students to lay the seeds for their continued professional growth and is aligned with the university mission to "regard learning as a lifelong process."

Biomedical Engineering Program Outcomes

Graduates of the Bachelors program in Biomedical Engineering will have:

BIENEOBIENOc1: An in-depth understanding of engineering principles and biological/medical concepts in a core area of engineering.
BIENEOBIENOc2: A broad understanding of engineering, and scientific principles, and the ability to apply these principles to design and analysis.
BIENEOBIENOc3: A broad understanding of social, cultural, and ethical principles and professional responsibilities. {BIENP03; ABET f}
BIENEOBIENOc4: An ability to identify, define and solve complex problems that cut across disciplines.
BIENEOBIENOc5: An ability to apply math, science, and engineering to problems at the interface between engineering and biology.
BIENEOBIENOc6: An ability to communicate effectively using appropriate technology and efficiently use information resources.
BIENEOBIENOc7: An ability to work collaboratively in multi-disciplinary teams and understand team dynamics.
BIENEOBIENOc8: The ability to generate questions and hypotheses, design experiments that will provide meaningful answers, and collect and interpret measurements from both living and non-living systems.
BIENEOBIENOc9: The ability to adapt to sociological and technological change.
BIENEOBIENOc10: The ability to use modern engineering tools in experiments, analysis and design, and to assess the appropriateness of these tools.
BIENEOBIENOc11: An understanding of contemporary Biomedical Engineering applications of Technology and their uses in health care.

Constituents

The constituencies for the Biomedical Engineering program include our students, current and potential employers of our students, graduate and medical schools, the Biomedical Engineering Advisory Board, our faculty members, our alumni, the people of the state of Louisiana, and the administration of the College of Engineering and Science and of Louisiana Tech University. The primary relationship of each of these constituencies with our program is described below.

Students

Students have an interest in maintaining a program that is effective in forming their education and in providing them with opportunities for their future careers. They interact with the faculty on a daily basis and provide direct input in the assessment process.

Employers: Employers are constituents because we supply them with well-educated and high quality employees. Our relationship with employers, in turn, benefits our students by keeping them in high demand. Many of the companies that employ our students, such as Wyle Labs, Baxter Healthcare, BrainLab and LSU Health Science Center, have provided representatives over a span of several years to serve on our Advisory Board. Other interactions between the faculty and employers occur on a less formal basis.

Graduate/Medical Schools

By sending high quality students to graduate schools and medical schools, we satisfy the needs of these schools and maintain the demand for our students. We also further the capabilities of our students by enabling them to attend high quality professional schools.

The Biomedical Engineering Advisory Board

Our Advisory Board provides our closest connection to industry and post-baccalaureate education. Twelve board members (three-year rotating terms) are selected to represent a mix of all our major constituencies, including medical device companies of different technologies, aerospace biomedical contractors, medical supply industries, hospitals, graduate schools, and medical schools. Most board members are alumni, but many non-alumni have also served on the board. A current listing of Board members is provided in Appendix E.

Faculty Members

The faculty is the heart of the Biomedical Engineering program. We rely on our faculty to maintain the quality education and research programs that directly benefit our students. They design a curriculum (especially at the upper level) to achieve the Program's educational objectives and program outcomes. Faculty and students are the two constituencies that interact most frequently. With a faculty-to-student ratio of 1 to 19, the faculty is able to closely monitor each student's academic progress.

Alumni

Our alumni benefit from the status of our program in that a positive public impression increases the perceived value of their degrees. Our faculty members receive formal feedback from our alumni through alumni surveys and receive less formal, but more frequent feedback through correspondence and email.

College and University Administration

The Louisiana Tech and College of Engineering and Science administration and leaders are stakeholders because their success or performance is related to the success or performance of the BIEN program.

The State of Louisiana

Louisiana Tech is established for and partially funded by the State of Louisiana. Thus, all residents of the state are stakeholders. The Biomedical Engineering program impacts education directly, but it also indirectly impacts the health and economic vitality of the state.