UC San Diego bioengineering undergraduates are close to wrapping up the winter quarter of a new hands-on bioengineering course designed to expose freshmen to central topics and tools of bioengineering work on three hands-on projects. The class meets in the new EnVision Maker Studio at UC San Diego and is part of the Jacobs School's Experience Engineering Initiative.
* Glucose monitoring for the blind
* 3-D bone printing
Rachel Daniels, a student in the class, says she learned a lot about the human spine from the bone printing project.
"By analyzing real life CT scans we were able to pull important data, allowing us to print a replica of the T10 vertebrae using plastic printing material," she said. "Once several prints were made we tested the correlation between load and displacement in the inter-vertebral disks by simply placing varying forces upon the vertebrae and measuring displacement. We concluded the heavier the load, the larger the total displacement until a plateau was reached."
We wrote about the very first iteration of this experiential bioengineering course in Pulse magazine last summer.
Below are images from the course.