Model Course ePortfolios
BME 441.01, Senior Design Project in Biomedical Engineering, Spring 2011
Introduction to product development from the perspective of solving biomedical, biotechnological, environmental, and ergonomic problems. Teamwork in design, establishing customer needs, writing specifications, and legal and financial issues are covered in the context of design as a decision-based process. A team design project provides the opportunity to apply concepts covered in class. Formulation of optimal design problems in biomedical and physiological settings. Introduces optimization techniques for engineering design and modeling for compact and rapid optimization of realistic biomedical engineering problems. 3 credits.
Instructor: Dr. Jonathan Liu
ePortoflios are a requirement for course completion.
Dr. Liu will join Dr. Gary Halada and Dr. Imin Kao and represent the Department of Engineering in the Making Connections - Connecting to Learning project involving integrative learning and eportfolios. They also have applied for a NSF grant for developing a problem-based learning model which includes the eportfolio process. For more information on eportfolios and the project, contact Nancy Wozniak in The Faculty Center, ext. 22780. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Few words from the e-Portfolio......
The schematic shown above is a representation of the potential of mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) in the bone marrow. The development of mature cells such as adipocytes and osteoblasts proceeds through progenitor cells. Mechanical biasing of MSC lineage selection suggest that physical signals influence the quantity of both bone and fat. The mechanical signals have been reported to influence the differentiation of MSC to become osteoblasts rather than adipocytes. In other words, the biasing of MSC differentiation by these mechanical signals represents a unique means in which adiposity can be inhibited while simultaneously promoting bone quality, better skeleton.