Gannon University Announces Biomedical Engineering Program Expansion
Posted: October 17, 2013
Gannon University's biomedical engineering program, the only
program in the region, has announced expansion
plans and a relocation to the W. Eighth St. building currently
occupied by Gannon University's Erie Technology Incubator
Rapid growth in the field and technological advancements created
the need for a dedicated facility that will eventually
occupy 4,480 sq. ft. on the second floor of the W. Eighth St.
building. The biomedical engineering program previously
shared classroom and laboratory space with the mechanical
engineering department in the Zurn Science Center.
The new facility will incorporate a robotic device that can be
used for understanding how the brain controls movements, and
a motion capture system that records detailed movements used in
a range of physical activities, such as running, walking or
The department will also employ an electromyography system
measures the electrical activity of muscles and correlates
that activity with the force that the muscle generates to
produce a comprehensive mathematical model of the process.
Gannon's biomedical engineering program focuses on
biomechanics-the study of force and motion on the body.
learn how to build computer simulations for the movement of
bones, ligaments, muscles, or the circulatory system to design
implants or other medical devices that can help people recover
from injury or illness.
The program includes course offerings in biomaterials,
biomechanics and biomedical systems modeling while also
curriculum from Gannon's current mechanical engineering,
biology, chemistry and computer science programs.
According to an article in Forbes Magazine, "The Best And Worst
Jobs For 2013," biomedical engineer ranked second. The
Forbes article projected a 62% rate of job growth for biomedical
engineers and an average annual salary for professionals in
this field of about $81,540.
"Right now, we are seeing a very rapid development of the
technology. Staying on top of the technology is what we're
to do by setting up this facility," said Assistant Professor
In addition to the relocation to the ETI building, Gannon's
biomedical engineering students will benefit from the creation of
new Human Performance Laboratory in the University's Rec Center,
now being modernized on W. Fourth St.
"The idea is to put together an experimental aspect so that we
will work with the human performance expert to do the
modeling part of the particular movement studied," Piovesan