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Undergraduate ProgramFischell Department of BioengineeringUniversity of Maryland Adam H. Hsieh Associate Professor and Associate Chair Director of Undergraduate Studies Fischell Department of Bioengineering University of Maryland A presentation to the Fischell Department of Bioengineering External Advisory Board May 17, 2013
Why choose UMD-BIOE? • UMD-BIOE offers a comprehensive, broad-based bioengineering education with opportunities to specialize. • UMD bioengineers are trained not only to apply engineering concepts to biological systems but also to understand the biology. • We are a young, energetic, and growing department, whose undergraduate and graduate programs are rising in prestige. • Our faculty members have a shared vision of excellence for our department. • We engage in “bleeding edge” technologies and research, and are embedded in a research-rich geographical region. • BIOE students, among the highest achievers in engineering, work together on cooperative projects and push each other in a demanding curriculum.
Bioengineering Undergraduate Program BIOE Undergraduate Population • Incoming Freshman Statistics
Bioengineering Undergraduate Program BIOE Undergraduate Population
Bioengineering Undergraduate Program Student-to-Faculty Ratio
Bioengineering Undergraduate Program 2012-2013 Curriculum Updates • BIOE 120 became Keystone course in A James Clark School of Engineering • Provides additional instructional support • Undergraduate teaching fellows provide more contact hours • BIOE 120 compiling repository of problems to supplement BSCI courses • BSCI and CHEM instructors commended our treatment of biology and chemistry • BSCI instructors indicated their desire to incorporate more quantitative problems in their courses • Re-arranged curriculum to have more balanced distributions of BSCI, BIOE courses • Defined formal track program, implemented starting Fall 2012 • Applied for, and was awarded, $40,000 from the USM Carnegie Award Course Redesign Program to assist in innovative approaches to teach our large-enrollment, multi-section BIOE 120 course (Villanueva, Hsieh, Sriram)
Bioengineering Undergraduate Program 3rd Year • BIOE331: Biofluids • BIOE332: Biological Transport Processes • BIOE340: Physiological Systems & Lab • BIOE404: Biomechanics • BIOE457: Biomedical Electronics & Instrumentation • BSCI330: Cell Biology & Physiology • Engineering Science Elective I • General Education III: Oral Communication • General Education IV 4thYear • BIOE420: Bioimaging • BIOE453: Biomaterials • BIOE485: Capstone Design I • BIOE486: Capstone Design II • ENGL393: Technical Writing • Biological/Chemical Science Elective II • Engineering Science Elective II • Bio/Chem/Engr Flex Elective • General Education V • General Education VI Curriculum 1st Year • BIOE120 & 121: Biology for Engineers & Lab • ENES100: Intro to Engineering Design • ENES102: Mechanics I • MATH140: Calculus I • MATH141: Calculus II • CHEM135 & 136: Chemistry for Engineers & Lab • PHYS161: General Physics I • ENGL101: Introduction to Writing • General Education I 2nd Year • BIOE232: Biological Thermodynamics • BIOE241: Biocomputational Methods • BIOE371: Bioengineering Math & Statistics • ENES220: Mechanics II • MATH241: Calculus III • MATH246: Differential Equations • CHEM231 & 232: Organic Chemistry & Lab • PHYS260 & 261: General Physics II & Lab • Biological/Chemical Science Elective I • General Education II
Bioengineering Undergraduate Program Bioengineering Tracks • General Bioengineering Studies • Biological Engineering • Biomechanics & Biomaterials • Biocomputational & Systems • Biomedical Instrumentation • Pre-Health Professions • Track Composition • 2 Foundation Courses Derived from the Required Program • 2 Engineering Electives • 2 Bioscience Electives • 1 Flex (Engineering / Bioscience) Elective
Bioengineering Undergraduate Program 2012-2013 Scholarship in Practice • BIOE Capstone Senior Design Project • Partner with hospital affiliates, such as UM Medical Center • Teams rotate through clinics, work with BIOE/physician mentors to solve problems • Bioengineering Departmental Honors Program *newly enhanced* • Formalized enrichment aspect of the Honors Program with seminar series • Research Based Program with Undergraduate Research Advisor • Apply in Spring of 2nd year, undertake research during 3rd and 4th years • Culminates in Research Presentation and Undergraduate Thesis • Program Director: Dr. Adam Hsieh • Individualized Undergraduate Research • Students approach faculty for research opportunities for credit or paid positions • Department disseminates research opportunities with affiliates and partners • Conferences and Symposia • Annual Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) National Conference • JHU/UMD Undergraduate Research Symposium *new*
Bioengineering Undergraduate Program Notable Scholarship in Practice Achievements 2012-2013 • BIOE Capstone Senior Design • Students from 2012 BIOE Capstone Design launch startup Wesk Medical, LLC, based on group’s endotracheal aerosol-generating (ETAG) catheter, pat. pending. • Students from 2012 BIOE Capstone Design work with Robert Fischell on football helmet attachment to minimize neck injury, form Guardian Helmets, LLC. • BIOE Honors Program • Kelley Heffner, first graduate of the program in 2012 • Janina Vaitkus (‘13) wins university-wide Honors Best Research Thesis Award • JHU/UMD Undergraduate Research Symposium • Mary Natoli (‘14) wins Best Presentation at the inaugural JHU/UMD Undergraduate Research Symposium
Bioengineering Undergraduate Program Continuing Outreach and Educational Initiatives • BIOE 100: Introduction to Mathematics with Engineering Applications • Drs. Leigh Abts, Ian White, Chris Jewell • Friendship Public Charter School, Washington, DC • Oxon Hill High School, Prince George’s County, MD • Wheaton High School, Montgomery County, MD • Research Experience for Teachers • PI: Dr. Leigh Abts • Teachers evaluated many of the hands-on laboratories within the curriculum, and helped to identify tools to evaluate the success of the course • Innovation Portal (http:\\www.innovationportal.org) • Led by Dr. Leigh Abts • Collaborative effort among educators nationally that allows students to create, maintain, and share digital portfolios • Since 2010, 9953 users have created 4836 portfolios
Bioengineering Undergraduate Program Student Affairs • Student Handbook and Student Advising • Post-Baccalaureate Workshops • Medical School Workshop • BIOE Career Workshop • BIOE Graduate School Workshop • BIOE & Study Abroad Workshop • Awards • University of Maryland • A. James Clark School of Engineering • Fischell Department of Bioengineering • FDB Outstanding Junior Award • FDB Outstanding Senior Award • Outstanding Research Award • Outstanding Volunteer Award • Outstanding Citizen Award • Bentley Award • Huskamp Award • Schatz Award • Seymour & Faye Wolfe Scholarship
Bioengineering Undergraduate Program Future of Bioengineering • Occupations with the Largest Percentage Growth Expected Through 2018 • U.S. Labor Department, Occupational Outlook Handbook • Biomedical engineers 72% • Network systems analysts 53% • Home health aides 50% • Personal and home-care aides 46% • Financial examiners 41% • Medical scientists 40% • Most Valuable Major is Biomedical Engineering • Forbes, May, 2012 • The University of Maryland is #3 in Engineering According to Industry Recruiters • The Wall Street Journal, September 2010
Bioengineering Undergraduate Program Student Internships • BIOE students participating in an internship during their tenure at UMD • Co-op or Internship Employers • General Electric Healthcare (10) • MedImmune (9) • National Institutes of Health (17) • National Institutes of Standards and Technology (8) • University of Maryland (50) • US Army Research Laboratory (6) • US Department of Agriculture (6) • US Food and Drug Administration (19) • W.L. Gore (5)
Bioengineering Undergraduate Program Student Placement • BIOE graduates entering health sciences programs (MD/DO/Dent) • Health Sciences Programs • Case Western Reserve University • Dartmouth • Johns Hopkins University • New York Medical College • Tufts University (Dent) • University of Maryland (Dent) • University of Maryland (Med) • Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
Bioengineering Undergraduate Program Student Placement • BIOE graduates at the time of graduation • Employers • Accenture • Canon Life Sciences • General Electric Healthcare • Johnson & Johnson • MedImmune • Medtronic • US Army Research Lab • US Food & Drug Administration • WL Gore • National Institutes of Health • Graduate Schools • Columbia University • Cornell University (Vet) • Duke University • Georgia Institute of Technology • University of California, Berkeley • University of California, San Diego • University of Maryland • University of Michigan (Law) • University of Pennsylvania • University of Virginia
Bioengineering Undergraduate Program Current challenges • Accommodating an Increasing Undergraduate Population • Teaching Load: fostering a superior undergrad program and research portfolio • Teaching Assistants: imbalance between undergrad and grad program Moving forward, three primary aims • Develop stronger undercurrents in mathematics and biology across our BIOE courses • Summer informal BIOE math discussions of teaching strategies • BIOE 120-initiated discussions of fundamental areas in biology • Establish a new wet laboratory course to provide greater development of practical lab/problem solving skills • Improve quality/accessibility of undergraduate scholarship-in-practice opportunities • Formal internships with local institutions/biotech companies? • Provide more opportunities for undergraduate research