Bioengineering Doctoral Degree

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The emerging global engineering workforce market expects new PhDs to work in multi-disciplinary teams and to have a good grasp of the overall issues while being specialists in their own fields. The collaboration between a research intensive institution and an engineering industry practice-oriented institution provides a unique opportunity to address this challenge. The students’ exposure to researchers and doctoral students with different backgrounds during the course of their academic study and research, and the requirement to collaborate and exchange ideas with faculty on two campuses, will help graduate students develop skills necessary to become effective team players on multidisciplinary engineering research projects.

A Ph. D in Engineering Science with concentration in Biongineering will be offered by the joint faculties of the College of Engineering at San Diego State University and the Department of Biongineering at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) as early as 2009-2010. The Doctor of Philosophy degree is awarded jointly by the Trustees of the California State University and the Regents of the University of California in the names of both cooperating institutions. Graduates of this program are expected to establish skills necessary to recognize, understand and identify unique problems in his/her field of expertise to advance the state of art. They will be able to conduct basic and /or applied research in the field of their expertise, mentor graduate students and disseminate research results through research reports, publication in journals, monographs and conference presentations. Graduates of this program are competitive for a variety of faculty positions at various academic institutions and can also provide leadership for basic and applied research in government agencies and industrial organizations across the state and the nation.

  • Conduct basic and /or applied research in the field of Bioengineering;
  • Disseminate research through research reports, publications in journals, monographs and conference presentations.
  • Supervise and mentor undergraduate and/or graduate students in research projects in the field of Bioengineering.
  • Recognize, understand and solve unique problems in his/her field of expertise to advance the state of the art.
  • Teach basic and advanced courses in the field of Bioengineering or Engineering Sciences.
 
 

The graduate program offers three different types of specialization in consultation with the bioengineering graduate adviser.

Biomechanics Specialization

Biomechanics requires an integrative understanding of physiology and mechanics. Design of medical devices including choice of materials, tissue mechanics and computational mechanics modeling, are focuses of our program that reflect the rigorous mechanical engineering backbone. Applications in orthopedic, cardiovascular medicine range from microscopic MEMS to joint kinematics and computers in the surgical ward.

Core Courses

  • BIOL 590 Physiology of Human Systems (4)
  • ME 580 Biomechanics (3)
  • ME 610 Finite Element Methods in Mechanical Engineering (3)
  • ME 681 Biomaterials (3)
  • ME 685 MEMS Design and Applications (3)
  • List of Electives

Bioinstrumentation Specialization

Bioinstrumentation includes the design, development and manufacturing of medical instrumentation and sensors, as well as signal processing and control. This area is founded on the fundamentals of physiology and electrical engineering. Current research areas include rehabilitative, exercise and physiological measurement devices and BioMEMS.

Core Courses

  • BIOL 590 Physiology of Human Systems (4)
  • EE 503 Biomedical Instrumentation (3)
  • EE 539 Instrumentation Circuits I (3)
  • EE 685/ME 685MEMS Design and Applications (3)
  • ME 580 Biomechanics (3)
  • List of Electives

Biomaterials Specialization

Biomaterials engineers must develop new materials or manufacturing techniques for implants and devices, develop new sensors to measure physical and chemical properties in tissues and implants, and assess biocompatibility. For these applications, the focus is on the interaction of biological tissues and fluids with synthetic surfaces. This area requires proficiency in cell and molecular biology as well as materials science.

Core Courses

  • BIOL 585 Cell and Molecular Immunology (3)
  • ME 540 Nonmetallic Materials (3)
  • ME 681 Biomaterials (3)
  • ME 685/EE 685MEMS Design and Applications (3)
  • List of Electives