BioE C 117/ MEC 117/ MEC 215: Structural Aspects of Biomaterials
This course covers the structure and mechanical functions of load bearing tissues and their replacements. Natural and synthetic load-bearing biomaterials for clinical applications are reviewed. Biocompatibility of biomaterials and host response to structural implants are examined. Quantitative treatment of biomechanical issues and constitutive relationships of tissues are covered in order to design biomaterial replacements for structural function. Material selection for load bearing applications including reconstructive surgery, orthopedics, dentistry, and cardiology are addressed. Mechanical design for longevity including topics of fatigue, wear, and fracture are reviewed. Case studies that examine failures of devices are presented.
MEC 223/BIOC 223: Polymer Engineering
A survey of the structure and mechanical properties of advanced engineering polymers. Topics include rubber elasticity, viscoelasticity, mechanical properties, yielding, deformation, and fracture mechanisms of various classes of polymers. The course will discuss degradation schemes of polymers and long-term performance issues. The class will include polymer applications in bioengineering and medicine.
E1: Engineering Your Life: Skills for leadership, discovery and service
This course provides the framework for engineering an empowered life through leadership, discovery and service. The class focuses on development of self, emotional intelligence, strategic thinking, problem solving, teamwork, diversity, and service learning. Skills include developing of self-awareness; understanding our unique strengths; debunking the imposter syndrome; creating plans of action and setting goals; giving and receiving assessments; interpreting body language; managing time and life-balance; and creating mission statements. Teamwork skills include methods for inspiring others; variations in leadership styles and team dynamics; rhythm of action for projects and teams; difficult conversations and conflict resolution; mechanisms.
ME 224: Mechanical Behavior of Engineering Materials
This course covers elastic and plastic deformation under static and dynamic loads. Prediction and prevention of failure by yielding, fracture, fatigue, creep, corrosion, and wear. Basic elasticity and plasticity theories are discussed.