Teaching Facilities

The following facilities are maintained by the Department of Biomedical Engineering to support teaching and project activities.

Bioinstrumentation and Biosignals Laboratory (GH 007)

This teaching laboratory provides the necessary equipment and supplies for the computer-based acquisition and processing of biological signals. It supports the laboratory component of our undergraduate-level (BME 1001, BME 2210, BME 2211, BME 3011, BME 4023, and BME 4011) and graduate-level (BME 523 and BME 551) biomedical engineering courses in bioinstrumentation, biosensors, and bioelectric signal processing. The lab is also available for project activities and graduate-level research.

The laboratory is equipped with digital multimeters, waveform generators, power supplies, oscilloscopes, and the necessary accessories and electronic components for effective and productive hardware project development.

Biomechanical Engineering Laboratories (Higgins First Floor)

(Maintained in cooperation with the Department of Mechanical Engineering)

This laboratory complex provides experimental and computational facilities for the laboratory component of BME courses (BME/ME 4504 and BME/ME 4606), Major Qualifying Projects, and graduate research. The laboratory features equipment for measuring force, deformation, and kinematic variables, as well as fluid flow, pressure, and velocity. It also contains PC-based computational and data acquisition facilities. Faculty associated with these facilities include Allen H. Hoffman, (ME, Lab Director), Brian J. Savilonis (ME), and Holly K. Ault (ME).

Included in this complex are the following individual laboratories:

  • Biomechanics/Biofluids Laboratory (Higgins First Floor)
    This lab provides experimental facilities in the areas of biomechanics and biofluids. The laboratory features equipment for measuring force, deformation, and kinematic variables, as well as fluid flow, pressure, and velocity. It also contains PC-based computational and data acquisition facilities.
  • Rehabilitation Engineering Laboratory (Higgins First Floor)
    Here, you’ll find experimental facilities for the design, development, and testing of electromechanical assistive devices. The Assistive Technology Resource Center is part of this laboratory.

Biomechanics Teaching Facility (GH207)

This laboratory provides experimental and computational facilities for the biomechanical human balance control and body movement analysis component of BME courses (BME350X, BME3300) and Major Qualifying Projects. The laboratory is equipped with two AMTI AccuSway Balance force platforms (manufactured by Advanced Mechanical Technology Inc., Watertown, Mass.), as well as NetForce acquisition and BioAnalysis software, which helps to conduct human balance and gait control experiments.

The latest addition to the lab is AnyBody software, which helps to provide computer simulation experiments and visualize the internal interactions between musculoskeletal components, such as bones, muscles, and ligaments. The laboratory also supports the Solid Biomechanics course (BME3504), which provides hands-on experience in characterizing the mechanical properties of hard and soft tissues. This laboratory is supplied with Instron 5544, MTS 858 MiniBionix, and BlueHill software, which are necessary for these measurements and strength tests.

This teaching facility supports our undergraduate-level (BME 2504 and BME 3504) biomedical engineering courses in biomechanics. The laboratory has specialized electromechanical equipment for compression, tension, and torsion testing, as well as force plates for pressure analyses.

MQP/Projects Laboratory (GH 006)

Because project work is a significant component of a WPI education, the Biomedical Engineering Department maintains a dedicated laboratory for Major Qualifying Projects (MQPs), Interactive Qualifying Projects (IQPs), and independent projects. The facility contains network-attached PC-based computers, computer-based data acquisition systems, general electronic testing equipment, biomechanical and biomaterial testing equipment, and other common laboratory equipment and supplies with which to complete these projects.

Physiology Teaching Facility (GH 306)

This teaching facility supports the undergraduate laboratory segment of our Physiology & Engineering (BME 3111) course and the graduate-level biomedical engineering course in experimental physiology and small animal surgery (BME 562). The laboratory and associated animal holding quarters contain all the necessary equipment and supplies for anesthesia, surgery, and physiologic manipulation in small animals.

 
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