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 3012, BME 3013, BME 3014, BME 3300, 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, data acquisition equipment and the necessary accessories and electronic components for effective and productive hardware project development. Also, the laboratory recently acquired several of the National Instruments ELVIS’ which are prototyping boards with virtual test equipment incorporated in each device.

Biomechanics Teaching Facility (GH 207)

This laboratory provides experimental and computational facilities for the biomechanical human balance control and body movement analysis component of BME courses (BME 3503) 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 courses (BME 3505 and BME 3506), 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 laboratory is also used for the BME 3605 Biotransport Laboratory where students have hands-n experience in measuring heat, flow, and transport in biologically-relevant systems.

This teaching facility supports our undergraduate-level 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. It also has equipment used in the study of cell culture, including biosafety cabinets, incubators, microscopes, etc.

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. This facility is shared with the chemistry and Biochemistry Department so there is also facilities used by the CBC in their courses such as fume hoods, ovens, etc.

Tissue Culture and Biomaterials Teaching Facility (SL 219)

This teaching facility supplies the necessary supplies and equipment to support our Biomaterials Lab (BME 3811) and Cellular Engineering Lab (BME 3813). This lab is equipped with biosafety cabinets, CO2 incubators, inverted fluorescence microscope, student microscopes, ovens, centrifuges, dry baths, etc. This facility is also used by students working on their Major Qualifying Projects which involve cell culture or biomaterials.

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