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Biomedical Engineering Principles

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The updated edition of this popular textbook offers an overview of the major components of the field, including signal processing in bio-systems, biomechanics, and biomaterials. Introducing capstone design and entrepreneurship, the second edition examines basic engineering, anatomy, and physiology concepts to facilitate an in-depth and up-to-date understanding of flow, transport, and mechanics in biological systems and the human body. The book begins by addressing the principles of conservation of mass and development of mathematical models of physiological processes with detailed examples appropriate for an engineering student at the sophomore or first semester junior level.


Praise for the previous edition:

… not only an in-breadth overview on current BME fields, but also an in-depth analysis of specific selected topics that are supported by appropriate mathematical models, equations, quantitative data charts and tables.

-Biomedical Engineering Online, 2005

For university faculty, [this] book is an excellent textbook for a class. Each chapter contains numerous examples and contains many figures to enhance learning. References and suggestions for further reading are included at the end of each chapter. Problems are included at the end of chapters, where they will best test the student's knowledge. … For practicing engineers without biomedical engineering background, the book provides an excellent resource to explain the many intricacies of biomedical engineering and provides sufficient background material to make the subject understandable.

- Richard C. Fries, PE, CRE, Baxter Healthcare, Inc., in IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Magazine, December 2006

… written at a reasonably high scientific level; it employs mathematics, basic physics, chemistry, and thermodynamics of the main medical processes. … well illustrated with figures, schemes, various plots, and mathematical equations. …will definitely be useful for biochemists, biophysicists, and specialists in cell biology and medicine.

- G. Ya. Wiederschain, Doctor of Biological Science, Moscow State University, Russia

… a very well-organized and thorough survey of the field of biomedical engineering (BME).

– Mary D. Frame, Biomedical Engineering, Stony Brook University, in The Quarterly Review of Biology, Vol. 82, No. 2

Table of Contents

Introduction: Modeling of Physiological Processes

Cell Physiology and Transport

Principles and Biomedical Applications of Hemodynamics

A Systems Approach to Physiology

The Cardiovascular System

Biomedical Signal Processing

Signal Acquisition and Processing

Techniques for Physiological Signal Processing

Examples of Physiological Signal Processing

Principles of Biomechanics

Practical Applications of Biomechanics


Principles of Biomedical Capstone Design

Unmet Clinical Needs

Entrepreneurship: Reasons why Most Good Designs Never Get to Market

An Engineering Solution in Search of a Biomedical Problem to Solve

Tissue Engineering

Future Trends in BME

About the Authors

Dr. Ritter received his BChE degree from the City College of New York, and his MS and PhD degrees in ChE from the University of Rochester. Before returning for his PhD degree he had over 10 years of industrial experience in the aerospace industry for the US Navy and United Aircraft in solid rocket propellant development and as a development engineer for the Mixing Equipment Company and the DuPont Co. His first academic appointment was at Stevens Institute of Technology in the department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering where he did research on solar energy storage and conversion and optimal control of chemical processes. He taught courses in transport phenomena and process control. While at Stevens he met Francis Chinard, MD from UMD-New Jersey Medical School and started collaborative research in pulmonary transport and metabolism in-vivo. This led to a full time position in Dr. Chinard's lab in the department of Medicine at NJMS. After a few years he was recruited to the department of Physiology where he spent the next 20 years teaching Cardiovascular and Respiratory physiology, statistics for the life sciences and physical chemistry to Medical, Dental and Graduate students. His research areas were microcirculatory and cardio-respiratory physiology. He was course director of the medical physiology course for 5 years before returning to Stevens to start the Biomedical Engineering program. He still maintains an adjunct appointment at NJMS. He was the PI or Co-Pion grants from NSF, NIH, AHA and New Jersey Commission on Science and Technology.

Dr. Ritter has mentored 7 PhD students in Physiology and Biomedical Engineering and over 40 Masters student's in Biomedical Engineering. He is the co-author of over 40 publications in peer reviewed journals and numerous abstracts and presentations at local, national and international conferences. He is the primary author of an undergraduate textbook in Biomedical Engineering. His current research interests are in Systems Physiology, Rotary Protein Motors, and The Failing Heart.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MEDICAL / Biotechnology