A Tale of Two Lab (Courses): BMED 3110 and 3610

Research experience is invaluable to many students interested in graduate school, medical school and even industry after Tech. As And as part of the biomedical engineering curriculum here at Tech are some classes that provide students with an exposure to the research side of the field: gleam into the research side of BME and put their conceptual knowledge to work as a team in BMED 3110 and 3610, the quantitative engineering physiology labs. Taught by Dr. Essy Behravesh and his team of teaching assistants, these lab courses challenge theits students by giving them incomplete information at the start of a lab to encourage students tochallenge their ability to plan and complete the experiment with real world conditions. Here, These sStudents also learn to use LabVIEW in their experiments to help them with everything anything from data collection to data analysis and can apply the conceptual knowledge gained in other classes.

LabVIEW, short for Llaboratory Vvirtual Iinstrument Eengineering Wworkbench, is an important part of the class and does take some time to get used to. As a type of programming, LABVIEW has many different functions and parameters with which beginners tend to fumble but are eventually able create specific, data-collecting applications. rules In fact, many students remark that previous programming experience with MatLab helped them get familiar with using LabVIEW, although differences in use between BMED 3110 and 3610 still cause for a learning curve.

Another important component of BMED 3110 and 3610 is cell culture. Cell culture is a major part of biomedical research, and if anyone has done BME research here at Tech, they most likely started with feeding cells. For students in BMED 3110, cell culture can be difficult, not because of principle or technique but rather due to the need for good time management. Students only occasionally finish their labs within the 3-hour period, with many groups staying late and cominge in on extra days to ensure their experiments are performed and completed as goes as planned. Teams quickly learned to plan their experiment in detail before starting the lab to ensure no mess-ups and do-overs, which could mean unnecessary additional hours at work. However, despite even with careful scheduling and planning, students learn have learned from their time in the engineering physiology labs that the unexpected can, and definitely will, happen. As they progresssed from 3110 to 3610, students claim to have they becoame more experienced and equipped to handle these unexpected situations, and though these classes come with their challenges, students express that both classes have been incredibly useful for preparing them for future research and lab work.

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