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MS Biomedical Engineering


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Biomedical engineering is a twenty-first century career. The goal of the MS in biomedical engineering program is to provide a foundation in biomedical engineering expertise and a trained workforce of leaders to support economic development, industry and academia. ECU offers academic programs in engineering, medicine, dentistry, nursing, allied health and business on one campus. Students will be engaged in multidisciplinary research focused on device and equipment design, and the application of innovative, advanced technologies to solve complex problems in the life sciences, medicine and health care industry.

Program Description

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Two-year program with thesis.

  • 14 semester hours in the Department of Engineering
  • 6 semester hours thesis credit
  • Additional courses selected from the Departments of Physiology, Pharmacology, Kinesiology, Biology, Physics, Computer Science, Mathematics and Biostatistics.

Core Curriculum

  • Introduction to Biomedical Engineering Research
  • Life Science
  • Biostatistics
  • Mathematics
  • Thesis
  • Electives

Biomedical Instrumentation and Measurement

  • Biomedical Signal Processing
  • Cardiac Electrophysiology
  • Cardiovascular Biomechanics
  • Biomaterials in Medicine
  • Biomolecular Engineering
  • Introduction to Tissue Engineering
  • Selected Topics in Biomedical Engineering

Suggested areas of focused study:

  • Cardiovascular Biomedical Engineering (Cardiovascular Biomechanics, Cardiovascular Electrophysiology, Biomedical Instrumentation or Biomedical Signal Processing)
  • Biomolecular and Tissue Engineering (Introduction to Tissue Engineering, Biomolecular Engineering, Biomaterials, Biomedical Instrumentation)
  • Biosensors and Biosignals (Biomedical Instrumentation, Biomedical Signal Processing, Cardiovascular Electrophysiology)

How to Apply:

Application for admission to the graduate program in biomedical engineering must meet the general requirements of admission set forth by the Graduate School. The graduate admission process and application forms can be found on ECU's Graduate School website.

A complete graduate application includes an application form, GRE scores, 2 letters of recommendation, Personal Statement and Official Transcripts.

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Application Deadlines:

Application deadlines for fall admission:

March 15th –All applicants to be considered for graduate assistantships
April 15th –International applicants
June 15th –Domestic applicants

Admission Requirements:

Applicants are expected to have a bachelor's degree in engineering with a minimum 3.0/4.0 grade point average in the last two years of undergraduate study.

The following minimum preparation is recommended:

  • Biology- one semester
  • Mathematics- calculus through differential equations, probability and statistics
  • Physics- two semesters
  • Chemistry- one semester
  • Engineering - one course in basic electrical engineering
  • Engineering - an introductory course in three of the following five areas:
    • materials science or biomaterials
    • mechanics or fluid mechanics
    • transport or heat and/or mass transfer
    • instrumentation
    • systems physiology
  • Engineering research or design experience

Provisional Admission:

Applicants may be granted provisional admission if they do not qualify for unconditional admission. Students entering from disciplines other than engineering may find it necessary to take preparatory undergraduate and/or graduate level courses that serve as prerequisites.

Dr. Tarek Abdel-Salam

Dr. Tarek Abdel-Salam is a Professor in the Department of Engineering. His research interests include solar energy, solar assisted heat pumps, wind energy, alternative fuels, supersonic mixing and combustion, atomization, sprays and fuel injection and thermal-fluids systems. He is an active member of ASHRAE, SAE, ASME, and ASEE.

Dr. Barbara Muller-Borer: Program Director

Dr. Barbara Muller-Borer is an Associate Professor in the Department of Engineering. Her research interests include cardiac electrophysiology, cell-to-cell communication, stem-cell based therapies, and computational biology.

Dr. Ricky Castles

Dr. Ricky Castles is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Engineering. His research interests include mechatronics, human factors in design, cognitive ergonomics and human physical capabilities.

Dr. John (Jeunghwan) Choi

Dr. John Choi is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Engineering. His research interests are in the area of Biothermal Engineering with applications in cryosurgery, cryopreservation, and thermal therapies.

Dr. Stephanie George

Dr. Stephanie George is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Engineering. Her research interests include computational modeling of the cardiovascular system using MRI, pulmonary hypertension with sickle cell disease, and heart failure patient monitoring.

Dr. Colleen Janeiro 

Dr. Colleen Janeiro is a Teaching Assistant Professor in the Department of Engineering. Her research interests include tissue engineering, especially in the musculoskeletal system;bioabsorbable polymers, their uses in vivo, and their processing quirks;and how to improve engineering education.

Dr. Sunghan Kim

Dr. Sunghan Kim is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Engineering. His research includes biomedical signal processing and instrumentation. More specifically, EEG-based brain-computer interface and emotion study, cardiovascular perfusion monitoring, diabetic neuropathy balance study, continuous blood pressure monitoring, and intracranial pressure estimation.

Dr. Loren Limberis

Dr. Loren Limberis is an Associate Professor in the Department of Engineering. His research interests include biomolecular engineering, bioprocess engineering, and biohybrid devices. His research involves the development of novel biomolecules for use in a variety of biotechnology devices, such as biosensors, research and diagnostic tools, and other bioengineered applications.

Dr. Jason Yao

Dr. Jason Yao is an Associate Professor in the Department of Engineering. His research interests are wireless/wearable medical sensors, sensor networks for home environments, telemedicine, and industrial process monitoring and control.

Dr. Zhen Zhu

Dr. Zhen Zhu is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Engineering. His areas of interest include unmanned systems and autonomous operations, real-time imaging systems for medical applications, remote sensing and sensor integration, satellite navigation embedded systems, software radio and programmable hardware.

Integrated Bachelor's/Master's of Science in Biomedical Engineering

The integrated bachelor's/master's program is intended for outstanding engineering undergraduate students. Graduate student course work begins in the students' fourth year of undergraduate study and is completed with one academic year of study beyond the bachelor's degree.

Students are expected to apply to the program during the fall semester of their junior year. Minimum requirements for students applying to the integrated bachelor's/master's program:

  1. Completed graduate school application (http://www.ecu.edu/cs-acad/gradschool/Admissions-Information.cfm). Application requirements, include GRE scores, 2 letters of recommendation, Personal Statement and Official Transcript.
  2. Minimum 3.5 GPA at the time of admission and entry to the program.
  3. Completion of a minimum of 81 eligible undergraduate credit hours.
  4. Currently working with or have research experience with a thesis advisor.

 

For additional information please contact:

Dr. Barbara Muller-Borer
E-mail: mullerborerb@ecu.edu
Phone: (252) 737-1034

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