A New Biomedical Engineering Course Based On Aerospace Applications

William Waugaman, Brian Self
2005 Annual Conference Proceedings   unpublished
Engineering students at the United States Air Force Academy (USAFA) have an extremely full course load. Because of this, creating a new course that can fulfill an elective option and be relevant to their future Air Force careers is quite challenging. In order to accomplish this, a mechanics professor and electrical engineering professor teamed to create a new Introduction to Biomedical Engineering course, open to all senior level engineering students. The first block of the course focused
more » ... ourse focused primarily on physiology, the second on electrical engineering topics, and the third on mechanics issues. At the end of the course, teams of students completed a final project which focused on some type of control system within an aerospace cockpit. The teams had to create working hardware that collected some type of physiologic signal that would indicate pilot stressors, then determine some action based on these signals. Examples of projects include collecting electro-oculography to determine if a pilot is spatially disoriented, using electromyography and heart rate to predict G-induced loss of consciousness, and using thermal sensors to help control pilot stress and over heating. The course content attempted to provide the students with necessary tools to complete the project throughout the semester. After each lesson, each student completed the following survey answering the following questions : (1) The topic was interesting, (2) Today's lesson motivated me to learn more about the material, (3) The topic is useful to add to my "engineering toolbox", (4) The topic will be useful to me in my Air Force career, (5)The topic should be covered in next year's Intro to Biomed class. Results from the survey and open ended comments will be presented.
doi:10.18260/1-2--14628 fatcat:bakhfo7pa5g6vn2xg6lvlhewmy