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Biomedical Engineering and Biomechanics

Purpose

To use the principles of engineering to address problems in the broad areas of medicine and biology. Research is performed in collaboration with the University of Tennessee Medical Center at Knoxville, the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine, the College of Arts and Sciences, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Capabilities

  • Tissue engineering
  • Cellular biomechanics
  • Exercise equipment design
  • Human body and hand/arm vibration analysis
  • Trauma biomechanics
  • Computational biofluid mechanics
  • Biofluid rheology
  • Aerospace physiology

Graduate study in biomedical engineering (BME) at the M.S. and Ph.D. levels is presently offered under the Engineering Science Graduate Program. Students specialize their Engineering Science program to BME through enrollment in an appropriate set of engineering, mathematics, and life sicence courses in support of a chosen BME research topic. Several biomedical engineering courses are available for graduate credit as listed in the current University of Tennessee Graduate Catalog.

Recent Initiatives

Currently, BME graduate research opportunities are being expanded through the addition of new BME faculty and the establishment of new collaborative arrangements with professionals at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville, the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine and area biomedical companies and practicing physicians. Research areas that have been given special priority of rapid development include, but are not limited to

  • Computational biofluid mechanics
  • Bioimaging
  • Cell and tissue engineering
  • Advanced biomaterials

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