Biomedical engineering: Education, research and challenges


KARAGÖZOĞLU B.

Elektrik, Elektronik ve Bilgisayar Mühendisliği Alanlarında Teknolojik Gelişmeler (TAEECE2013), Turkey, 01 June 2013, pp.430-436

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Country: Turkey
  • Page Numbers: pp.430-436

Abstract

Biomedical engineering is an engineering specialty that takes problems from biology and medicine and solves them applying engineering and scientific methods to define and understand their nature. Eventually, biomedical engineers work shoulder to shoulder with medical specialists in various health-care applications and research. They design and manufacture products that can monitor physiologic functions and assist in the diagnosis and treatment of patients. Most engineers in this specialty need a sound background in another engineering specialty, such as mechanical or electronics engineering, in addition to specialized biomedical engineering training.

Astounding developments in technology as applied in medicine will continue to change what biomedical engineers do and continue to generate new areas for them to work in. An educational program must aim at producing biomedical engineers who are skilled professionals with significant expertise in engineering technology and adequate exposure to medical sciences. Science and technology tell us how to do things without differentiating right or wrong. Accepted standards of right and wrong for a particular society are called the ethics. The educational program must satisfactorily address cognitive, affective and psychomotor domains of learning. As a result, a high quality engineering education with life-long learning skills is provided so that graduates shall enhance the health-care services through their professional, technical, managerial, communication, team-work, and research competencies.