Coleman Fellows


Biomedical Instrumentation Interim Report


The BME405 Biomedical Instrumentation course is a core requirement for all BME students. This course introduces basic sensors/transducers and the use of these devices in the measurement of physiological parameters such as blood pressure, temperature, cardiac output, electrocardiogram, electroencephalogram, and a variety of other clinically relevant measurements. Topics also include an initial review of the origin of biopotentials and the design of bio-electrodes that represent a key component of many measurement systems. Non-invasive approaches such as infrared and ultrasound systems as well as basic imaging methods are presented. Students also learn about both clinical and research laboratory instrumentation such as fluorescence, mass spectrometry, gas chromatography and others.

The course is given every spring and is typically taken by juniors. My goal as part of the Coleman Fellowship program was to add a focus on entrepreneurship and small business in the medical device industry while maintaining the technical aspects needed by students as they prepare for their capstone design course. To accomplish this I will be added components on FDA safety and regulatory issues, Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) funding opportunities, and the commercialization process. Students will also be introduced to the classical waterfall design process with a focus on needs assessment, creativity, and innovation as they seek to identify market opportunities as well as understand the risks and rewards of entrepreneurship. The plan is to present both lecture material as well as a case study of a SBIR recipient. A syllabus has also been uploaded.