September/October 2015

3-D Printed Pills: A New Age for Drug Delivery

Author(s): Colin J. H. Brenan
3-D Printed Pills: A New Age for Drug Delivery 150 150 IEEE Pulse

A critical and often underappreciated step in the development of a new small-molecule drug is its manufacture into a pill for oral delivery. It is critical to maintain the biochemical potency…

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From Annoying to Appreciated

Author(s): Leslie Mertz
From Annoying to Appreciated 618 372 IEEE Pulse

There’s a big difference between driving suggestions that come from a newly licensed, know-it-all teenager and those that come from a professional racecar driver who has spent years honing skills…

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Figure 1 The many iterations of the screw cutter, including our latest 3-D-printed prototype iteration.

Rethinking Education

Author(s): Gregory Allan
Rethinking Education 618 372 IEEE Pulse

The Engineers in Scrubs (EiS) training program at the University of British Columbia, affiliated with the Faculty of Applied Science’s Biomedical Engineering Graduate (BMEG) Program, is not a typical graduate…

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New Imaging Technology May Help Doctors Diagnose Amyloidosis

Author(s): Summer Allen
New Imaging Technology May Help Doctors Diagnose Amyloidosis 618 372 IEEE Pulse

One December day in 2013, Michael Rasmussen realized that just chewing his food made him tired. Short walks felt draining. At one point, he became so tired that he sat…

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Breathing Easier

Author(s): Merryn Tawhai, J. Geoffrey Chase
Breathing Easier 618 372 IEEE Pulse

Mechanical ventilation (MV) is a primary therapy for intensive care unit (ICU) patients who have respiratory failure. Up to ~60% of all ICU patients require MV, and—because they are so…

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Mind Your Composition

Author(s): Yusuf A. Bhagat, Insoo Kim, Ahyoung Choi, Justin Younghyun Kim, Seongwook Jo, Jaegeol Cho
Mind Your Composition 618 372 IEEE Pulse

When asked about our weight, most of us can name a figure based on prior knowledge. And while stepping on a scale gives us the ability to know that exact…

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Next-Gen Gene Synthesis Enables Large-Scale Engineering in Biological Systems

Author(s): Devin Leake
Next-Gen Gene Synthesis Enables Large-Scale Engineering in Biological Systems 618 372 IEEE Pulse

As scientists make strides toward the goal of developing a form of biological engineering that’s as predictive and reliable as chemical engineering is for chemistry, one technology component has become absolutely…

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Autism

Author(s): Elisa Pérez, Sergio D. Ponce, David J. Piccinini, Natalia López, Max Valentinuzzi
Autism 150 150 IEEE Pulse

[accordion title=”Introducing the Authors”] When the stream is driven by a powerful pump, the running waters can take you to the unknowns of the mind. —Max E. Valentinuzzi Elisa Pérez was…

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Opportunities to Identify Unmet Needs Outside of the Operating Room

Author(s): Jay Goldberg
Opportunities to Identify Unmet Needs Outside of the Operating Room 150 150 IEEE Pulse

The ability to identify unmet needs and new product opportunities is an important skill for biomedical engineering students planning a career in the medical device industry. Most biomedical engineering graduates…

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