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6voldman - BE.010 Spring 2005 Session#6 notes...

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BE.010 Spring 2005 Session #6 notes Bioengineering Activities in EECS: Electrical Engineering Outline of this session: - description of biology related coursework taken by electrical engineering students - overview of the biological engineering research in the electrical engineering department Introduction Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) Joel Voldman is interested in the integration of biology and engineering in the development of small scale devices such as biological micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS). His research focuses on improving information storage and transfer at the cellular level. Faculty in Electrical Engineering (EE) with Interest in Bioengineering The EECS department (Course 6) at MIT is biology friendly. Approximately 25% of the department is involved in some type of biology related research that makes use of applied electrical engineering. The following slides outline the research areas of these faculty members. Bio-Electrical Engineering on Course 6 Course 6 students interested in biology take the same four core courses as traditional EECS students. They are listed below: 6.001 Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs 6.002 Circuits and Electronics 6.003 Signals and Systems 6.004 Computation Structures 18.03 Differential Equations In addition, they may choose a biology-oriented concentration and choose to take additional classes such as: 6.021J Quantitative Physiology: Cells and Tissues 6.022J Quantitative Physiology: Organ Transport Systems 6.023J Fields, Forces, and Flows in Biological Systems 6.121J Bioelectronics Project Laboratory Freeman: Hearing Research Associate Professor of EECS Dennis M. Freeman is interested in the study of how the motion of hair cells is translated into hearing in the tectoral membrane. In this slide, the leftmost picture is a cartoon of moving hair cells. The right images are projections of the movement of hairs at different heights above the surface of the membrane. Freeman also studies the mechanical properties of hair cells by tracking the movement of magnetic beads on the surface of the membrane when exposed to electromagnets on either side. In this slide, a probe pulls on the membrane to determine the stiffness of the
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