Heart of the Matter: Designing Implantable Devices for the Cardiovascular System

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July 08, 2019 - July 19, 20197/08 - 7/19M-F 8:30A-11:20AWaitlistedFarah Laiwalla

Course Description

Heart disease is one of the biggest causes of death and disability among human beings in modern times. The last hundred years have seen significant improvement in the treatment and outcomes of those suffering from cardiac disease. For example, devices such as pacemakers and stents have changed the face of modern medicine. This has largely been possible due to the efforts of biomedical engineers, who possess the unique skill set to combine a knowledge of biology with the analytical thinking of engineering to provide solutions for medical problems. This course provides a glimpse into how biomedical engineers work, using the cardiovascular system as an example to cover the full spectrum of engineering design methodologies.

The course will begin by exploring the biology of the cardiovascular system, from its beginnings in an embryo to its ultimate susceptibility to various diseases. Students will learn to identify critical concepts from anatomy and physiology, and use them in the context of medical device design. Currently available clinical medical devices will be studied in detail, to highlight engineering concepts as they relate to designing medical implants.

Through this course, students will focus on building critical thinking and analytical skills that are crucial for an engineer. Additionally, the course is geared to hone student skills in technical communication in the written and spoken form. Presentation of course content and design ideas is an integral part of the curriculum, and students will learn to develop and deliver an engineering design in the form of a project.

Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this course, but knowledge of algebra is highly recommended. Students will also be introduced to physics concepts in this class, though prior exposure to physics is not a requirement.


Course Information

  • Course Code: CEEN0937
  • Length: 2 weeks
  • Supplemental Fee: $50

Program Information


Brown’s Pre-College Program in the liberal arts and sciences, offering over 200 non-credit courses, one- to four-weeks long, taught on Brown’s campus. For students completing grades 9-12 by June 2019.

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