Biomedical engineers design new technology to prolong and save miles, and biomedical engineering technologists implement that technology. They can get trained at Devry University on Route 1 South in North Brunswick, a college that teaches both theory and practice, but it emphasizes practice.
"Our students hit the ground running with a deep understanding of current technologies," says Eric Addeo, the DeVry professor who teaches the biomedical engineering technology program. "They learn the details of current instrumentation that is used today."
Two students are pioneering in this program. They are taking anatomy, biology, chemistry, and multiple courses in calculus. Both come from outside the United States and are in their third year of a four-year studying full time. Earlier in his career, ADdeo helped develop a new generation of cardiac pacemakers that are smaller and do not require surgery for battery replacement. He also contributed to the development of FDA approved medical appliances for the home.
He has bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the New Jersey Institute of Technology, a Ph.D. from Stevens Institute of Technology, and did postgraduate work at Carnegie Mellon University. Addeo has more than 18 years of experience at the senior management level in such organizations as Lucent Bell Labs, Telcordia, and most recently at Panasonic Labs in Princeton.
Addeo devised a curriculum that introduces the students to current ECG machines and the underlying technology requirements of amplifiers to realize the instrumentation, current software technologies, blood pressure detectors, ultra sonography, electro surgery, measurement of brain function (EEGs), electromagnetic interference, radiology, and nuclear medicine.
The course is lecture driven, says Addeo, but he requies a term paper on a medical instrument or a new generation of technology. Students must critique and compare the user interface, the manufacturers, the application, and the market size. They write a technical business plan and discuss the evolution of the technology – how it will migrate and change over the next 10 years.
"I am training my students to be engineering technologists," says Addeo. "They will leave DeVry capable of designing relatively sophisticated instrumentation that is matched to current technology." He expects them to take jobs at comapnies like Panasonic, Siemens, and Roche.
A surprisng job market is the health insurance companies, which are looking into technological ways to take care of the aging population.
DeVry University (DV), 630 Route 1 North, North Brunswick 08902; 732-435-4880; fax, 732-435-4856. Harold Y. McCulloch, Jr., PhD, president. www.nj.devry.edu
Based in Chicago, DeVry is a four-year, accredited, private co-educational university with more than 20 campus nationwide. The North Brunswick campus has just over 1,500 students who are pursuing careers in technology, business, and healthcare.
Full time tuition is $6,170 per term (including 12 to 18 credits). Per credit tuition, $525. The admissions office (732-435-4877) is open weekdays, weeknights, and Saturdays, and financial aid is available.
The bachelor’s degrees require nine terms full time or 15 terms attending on a part-time basis, and associate’s degrees require five terms full-time, nine-terms part time.