BE 400 Course Director:

David Eckman

David Eckmann
Horatio C. Wood Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care and Professor of Bioengineering

David studies cellular mechanics and cellular bioenergetics to understand the interrelationship between cell mechanical integrity and metabolic function. He also investigates biomimetic macromoecular surface grafting to improve biocompatibility and reduce infections associated with vascular biomaterials. David combines experimental and computational techniques to asses design parameters for optimization of molecular recognition events governing carrier binding to vascular endothelium for targeted nanocarrier drug delivery application.
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Clinical Experience

BE 400: Clinical Preceptorship in Bioengineering

Clinical PreceptorshipIn the course "Clinical Preceptorship in Bioengineering" (BE 400), students receive what few undergraduates in the United States ever have the opportunity to experience: a chance to shadow renowned physicians for 10 weeks as they treat patients, perform surgeries, and diagnose disease.

Directed by Dr. David Eckmann, this course introduces students to real-life problems in medicine through lectures and a "clinical preceptorship," which is an intensive experience under the direction of a faculty mentor. In this preceptorship, students spend about 10 to 15 hours per week in the clinic for 10 weeks. During this time, they can watch procedures, sit in on case discussions, talk with medical residents, follow clinicians, and work on a clinical research project.

Student comments from this course:

"BE 400, the Clinical Preceptorship in Bioengineering, is a unique educational experience.  There is no other course in the Engineering School like it.  I was able to work closely with an oral-maxillofacial surgeon and gain specialized and practical knowledge about both the science and medical practice associated with this difficult profession.  I learned just how far my education in Bioengineering may take me and how creative thoughts can lead to fascinating devices and procedures.  Most importantly, though, this creativity can lead to improving the quality of life for patients.  BE 400 was one of the most interesting classes I have taken, and I would encourage all Bioengineers to take it!" Comments and page photo supplied by Andrew Barr, Class of 2011.

"BE 400 was a great introduction to the clinical aspects of bioengineering. As an undergraduate, I am taught so much in the classroom, yet often do not clearly see the connections between what I am learning and  applications in the real world. Having the opportunity to see and understand how my engineering coursework directly relates to modern science and medicine was invaluable." Comments supplied by Zane Giffen, Class of 2011.