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BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING, Laurea (1st degree and Bachelor-level of the Bologna process)
Academic Year 2012/13
DEPARTMENT OF MECHANICAL AND AEROSPACE ENGINEERING
Collegio di Ingegneria Biomedica
Campus: TORINO
Program duration: 3 years
Class L-9 Degree: INDUSTRIAL ENGINEERING
Seats available: 405 (6 reserved for non European citizens)
Docenti di riferimento del corso:
KNAFLITZ MARCO   marco.knaflitz@polito.it   011/0904135
AUDENINO ALBERTO   alberto.audenino@polito.it   011/0906932
BALESTRA GABRIELLA   gabriella.balestra@polito.it   011/0904136
Program held in Italian
The first year is common to other graduate programs and is also offered in English Language
The first year is common to other graduate programs and is also offered in streaming
SDSS service is available
ESPANDI Educational objectives

Engineering today has become an increasingly powerful tool for the advancement of knowledge and introduction of technological innovations. Biomedical engineers are actively involved in this change, not only working with healthcare personnel to provide safer and more effective treatments to patients, but also contributing to the improvement of human life, particularly for the most vulnerable segments: the elderly and disabled. Over the years the t... More...

Engineering today has become an increasingly powerful tool for the advancement of knowledge and introduction of technological innovations. Biomedical engineers are actively involved in this change, not only working with healthcare personnel to provide safer and more effective treatments to patients, but also contributing to the improvement of human life, particularly for the most vulnerable segments: the elderly and disabled. Over the years the terms ¿bioengineering¿ and ¿biomedical engineering¿ have become interchangeable and cover both medical devices and more strictly biological topics; however, although the boundaries are blurred, they do not include biotechnology or biological engineering. Among the sectors internationally recognised as part of this discipline are biomedical instrumentation, biomechanics, biomaterials, medical imaging analysis, analysis of biomedical signals, modeling of physiological systems, artificial organs, tissue engineering, rehabilitation engineering, clinical engineering, and medical informatics. This diversity of applications is reflected in the variety of employment opportunities available.
The BSc degree course in Biomedical Engineering aims to form engineers with expertise in medical devices and equipment who can provide after-sales service to users (doctors and other healthcare professionals), oversee testing and maintenance of equipment in public or private healthcare structures, and collaborate in design and/or production. The programme provides instruction in physiological systems that make up the human body and the main cellular mechanisms, enabling graduates to communicate effectively with medical personnel, along with basic skills in both industrial engineering (mechanics, materials science, thermodynamics) and information technology engineering (electronics and signal analysis). Training is completed with instruction in the field of biomedical engineering: principles of operation and regulatory norms pertaining to the most common medical devices, characteristics of biomaterials, the basics of tissue engineering, ergonomics and biomechanics, methods for developing and managing health information systems, and the main activities carried out by a clinical engineering department.

Career opportunities

Graduates in Biomedical Engineering will find employment in companies that sell medical devices providing after-sales services to customers, in the clinical engineering services of healthcare organisations, in service firms involved in the management of health technologies, and in companies that develop and/or produce medical devices and equipment.

ESPANDI Educational activities description

The programme comprises a set of core courses (mathematics, physics, chemistry and computer science) held in the first three semesters. During the second year there are courses in the fundamentals of biology, anatomy and physiology, and in basic engineering topics relating to the industrial and information sectors. These courses will provide: a) the basics of electronics needed to analyse and design simple electronic circuits; courses include... More...

The programme comprises a set of core courses (mathematics, physics, chemistry and computer science) held in the first three semesters.
During the second year there are courses in the fundamentals of biology, anatomy and physiology, and in basic engineering topics relating to the industrial and information sectors. These courses will provide:
a) the basics of electronics needed to analyse and design simple electronic circuits; courses include both theoretical instruction and practical experience of creating circuit boards in the laboratory;
b) the basic methodological tools for describing, analysing and modeling signals;
c) knowledge of mechanical engineering systems necessary to define simple engineering systems consisting of beams subjected to static loads and fatigue, to solve engineering problems regarding the mechanics of rigid bodies, and to describe the main characteristics of mechanical power transmission systems; courses provide both theoretical knowledge and laboratory experiments.
The third year completes the training in basic engineering subjects with courses in materials behaviour and material selection; the main technologies for converting heat into mechanical energy and vice versa (motors and refrigerators) and transfering energy as heat; and heat spread in solids, liquids and airforms or by electromagnetic waves. Students will also learn to perform preliminary calculations for determining the correct size of the most common and important types of heat exchangers.
Also during the third year are specialized biomedical engineering courses regarding norms (including safety aspects) and operating principles of the principal medical devices (devices for taking biopotentials, instruments for acquiring and processing medical images, prostheses and aids, surgical instruments, operating theatre equipment), the principles of ergonomics, chemical and physical principles underlying biological systems with particular reference to the molecular design of life, translation and conservation of energy, the synthesis of molecules of life and recent applications in clinical and diagnostic analysis, methods for managing and developing health information systems, related norms and standards, and the nature of the main activities carried out by a clinical engineering service. The teaching units are accompanied by laboratory exercises.
The course ends with an internship, conducted at a healthcare facility or biomedical company, accompanied by a series of seminars on work safety issues, which constitute the final test.

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