University of Vermont

2011-12 Online Catalogue

Biomedical Engineering (Master of Science)


The program in Biomedical Engineering is interdisciplinary and offers the Master of Science degree. Graduate students obtain the M. S. degree through a program administered cooperatively by the Mechanical Engineering and Electrical and Computer Engineering departments. The program is directed jointly by James Iatridis (Mechanical Engineering), Dryver R. Huston (Mechanical Engineering), and Bruce D. Beynnon (Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation).

Participating faculty with strong commitments to biomedical engineering research and education are from the departments of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Mathematics and Statistics, Mechanical Engineering, Molecular Physiology and Biophysics, Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, Physical Therapy, and Physics. The extensive research facilities of the participating faculty and departments are available to all graduate students enrolled in the program, and the program provides the flexibility necessary for students to gain competence in the area of their choice. Research includes: Bioinstrumentation, Biomechanics, Biomedical Imaging, Biomedical Systems and Signal Analysis, Clinical Engineering, Implant Design, Rehabilitation Engineering, Simulation, and Biomathematics.

Students in the program are generally supported by sponsored research projects, participating departments and training grants. Inquiries about current research and funding opportunities should be directed to Laurel Zeno, Vermont Space Grant Consortium, Burlington, VT 05405; Phone: (802) 656-1429; Fax: (802) 656-8802.

Research includes: biomedical signal processing and mathematical modeling applied to the respiratory system; (Berger) structural dynamics in motor proteins during muscle contraction; (Beynnon) sports medicine, ankle, knee shoulder and spine biomechanics, low back pain; (Clark) health care technology planning and management, instrumentation for life sciences research and medical device validation; (Fleming) sports medicine, lower and upper extremity ligament and tendon injuries, biomechanics; (Hamrell) mechanisms of sarcomere function, normal and diseased heart muscle, viral myocarditis; (Haugh) statistical process control and quality improvement, medical biostatistics and clinical trials, orthopaedics and rehabilitation, low back pain, reliability estimation, time series analysis; (Hazard) spine disability risk factors, seating design, continuous passive spinal motion, low back pain; (Henry) motor control of human posture and movement, related to musculoskeletal injuries; (Hitt) mechanics of branching blood flows, microcirculatory hemodynamics, artificial blood; (Huston) whole body vibration, low back pain, electromyography; (Iatridis) soft-tissue and spinal bioengineering; (Irvin) respiratory biomechanics; (Johnson) sports, knee and ski injuries and knee biomechanics; (Krag) normal and degenerative disc biomechanics, spinal instrumentation, spinal disorders; (Lakin) applied mathematics, modeling intracranial pressure dynamics, microgravity effects on human physiology; (Laible) computational biomechanics, analysis of flow and transport modeling in biologic materials; (Low) regulation of smooth muscle contractile proteins; (Maughan) molecular biophysics of muscle contraction; (Stokes) biomechanics of spine and spinal deformity; (Warshaw) smooth muscle physiology, including structure/function relationship of molecular motors; (G. Wu) biomechanics of human postural control and aging, modeling, and instrumentation. (J. Wu) muscle mechanics, molecular mechanics, ultrasonic biosensors, ultrasonic heating and enhanced anti-cancer action.

General Requirements

Specific Requirements

Requirements for Admission to Graduate Studies for the Degree of Master of Science

Students applying for admission to the graduate program must meet the general requirements of admission of The University of Vermont Graduate College. Admission is competitive and students are selected on the basis of their scholastic preparation and intellectual capacity.

The following minimum preparation is recommended:

  • Biology, Chemistry: Two semesters each, or four introductory courses in the following subjects - anatomy, biology, biophysics, chemistry, physiology.
  • Engineering: Two introductory courses in one or more of the following subjects - biomechanics, mechanics, thermodynamics, electrical engineering, control theory, or fluid mechanics.
  • Mathematics: One course past differential equations.
  • Physics: Two semesters of physics.

Special arrangements may be made, on an individual basis, for students who are highly prepared in one area, but less well prepared in another.

Requirements for Advancement to Candidacy for the Degree of Master of Science

Completion of any deficient admission requirements.

Minimum Degree Requirements

Candidates for the degree of Master of Science must complete thirty graduate credits of an approved program of study, including eighteen to twenty-four semester credits of graduate-level courses approved by the program faculty and distributed as follows: Physiology and Biophysics (eight credits); engineering subspecialty (electrical, civil, or mechanical engineering), seven to eleven credits; physics, mathematics or engineering elective, three credits. In addition, the candidate must present a research thesis (six to twelve credits) and pass a final oral examination. Most candidates complete a six to seven credit thesis.


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