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Biomedical Engineering

30 Posts authored by: Charles Tritt

Here are a couple of links to Biomedical Engineering employment statistics.

Clearly, the job market for program graduates is very good. Students should still start early, use the resources provided by MSOE's Career Services office and work hard at finding a good position.

MSOE is very fortunate to have an alumnus, Brian Biersach, deeply involved in medical device testing, standards and compliance. In fact, he runs a company,  Medical Equipment Compliance Associates (MECA Home: IEC 60601-1 Standards Compliance and Certification (IEC, UL, AAMI, CSA, EN)) that provides medical device testing services. Brian is very supportive of our program allowing class field trips to his company's labs, often hiring our students as interns and frequently speaking to our classes.

A particular useful resource he has provided online to the medical device design community is an extensive summary of international medical device standards. This list is available at: http://mecalabs.com/assets/meca-60601-ed3-standards-list-(2013-10-15).pdf. I urge students to consult this list as they investigate standards that may apply to their capstone design project.

Here's an unusual opportunity for graduate study (and I suppose summer research)...

We invite seniors who plan to pursue graduate education in Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Computer Science, or any of the Engineering disciplines to explore the Tufts University Soft Material Robotics – IGERT website. Information on how to apply for a Soft Material Robotics – IGERT Fellowship is available on the website.

Charles Tritt

Useful Presentation Tips

Posted by Charles Tritt Oct 29, 2013

There are many presentation tip sheets available on the web. This one -- A Geek’s Guide to Presenting to Business People | Leading Geeks Company -- seems pretty good. It never hurts to look over one of these before you prepare an important presentation and pick a few suggestions that will make your presentation more effective.

Charles Tritt

Disease Outbreaks

Posted by Charles Tritt Oct 17, 2013

Biomedical engineers are generally not involved with infectious diseases, but I found this list of outbreaks interesting and thought BE students, faculty and alumni might too: http://www.healthline.com/health-slideshow/10-worst-disease-outbreaks#1.

This short medical device industry news story illustrates several points: http://www.mddionline.com/article/st-jude-medical-buys-leadless-pacemaker-developer-nanostim-1235m?cid=nl.mddi01. These include:


Large medical device companies often grow and introduce new products by acquiring smaller companies. Most biomedical engineering jobs are at smaller, entrepreneurial companies.


Innovation and miniaturization of medical devices continues. Minimally invasive surgery continues to be a growth area in medical device development.


After over 50 years of experience and use, pacemaker leads are still problematic and need continued development. B.t.w., Wikipedia has a pretty good description and history of the pacemaker at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Artificial_cardiac_pacemaker.


There are lots of biomedical engineering companies and jobs in the Twin Cities area.

Here's a link to a sort article stressing the growing need for innovation in the medical device industry:

Medtech's Business Model Is Broken, But There's Hope: PwC Report | Qmed

Previously, company had to innovate in terms of performance, now its cost. Either way, they will need biomedical engineers.

Those crazy biomedical engineers. What will they think of next?

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This is an excerpt from a Facebook post by a recent MSOE graduate:

After working at B. for only 4 months, it's already been drilled in me the ways of documentation in big medical device companies. It's funny to think how much I used to complain about the MSOE version DHF (called a DHR here) and lab notebooks for our BE classes, not too long ago. Times were simpler then.

It sounds to me like we’re doing it right here.

Here are some ideas that might get current freshmen and sophomore students thinking about possible design projects:


The Class of 2015 Junior Progress and Feasibility presentations will take place immediately before at an IEEE sponsored dinner meeting on Thursday, December 12. Details will be announced later, but save the date.

Biomedical Engineering seniors Jared Barfknecht (right) and Alexander Kollman (2nd from left) displayed a poster at the 2013 Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) Annual meeting held in Seattle. Their poster described@ the battery-powered microbial incubation system they developed for testing water quality in remote. They did this project with as part of MSOE's Engineers Without Boarders (EWB) program.


Charles Tritt

$1.7 Billion Investment

Posted by Charles Tritt Sep 26, 2013

Here is a link - http://www.qmed.com/news/stryker-bets-17-billion-mako - to a news story about Stryker spending $1.7 billion to buy a surgical robot company. I think this is indicative of the optimism of companies in the medical device marketplace and the potential for continued growth in BE jobs.

This is mainly a clinical medicine website, but BEs might find it interesting and/or useful: Medical News and Free CME from MedPage Today

Charles Tritt

Paper topic...

Posted by Charles Tritt Sep 14, 2013

For anyone looking for a topic on which to do a research paper for business law or a similar course, consider this...


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