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A Multilayered Major Changing Quality of Live The Newly Established Biomedical Engineering Department (UST-KIST Campus, Biomedical Engineering Major)

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As the average life span is extended, how to raise the quality of life is drawing a huge attention, and in this regard biomedical engineering comes to the forefront. Biomedical engineering major based on the biomedical technology performs researches about the functions of human body and educates and studies conversion disciplines compassing medical science and engineering. It is said that in US, the world leader of biomedical research, this major can only be attended by the best brains. Let's take a view of biomedical engineering, which was newly established in 2013.

 

 

Multilayered study for multidisciplinary research


Biomedical engineering educates and studies conversion disciplines compassing medical science and engineering, which is a new department established in the first semester of 2013. The major, which is currently opened only in KIST Campus, has 39 faculty members including all full-time and affiliated instructors in Korea and KIST research center in Europe teaching 50 students in master's and doctoral course. The dean of the department Gwideok Park said students had a great deal of enthusiasm about biomedical engineering, and that the strong interest in the major was proved in the recruitment promotion event.

 

"For the first semester of the year 2016, 17 students applied for this major, but we have an entrance quota of only four. I recognized once again that students had a great interest in biomedical engineering. But it is regretful that we couldn't accept all of them because of the limited quota."

 

Studies of biomedical engineering entail cross-disciplinary researches, and its department curriculum is organized in accordance with its academic characteristics. Its main research subjects are medical imaging, medical device and human-mechanical interface for microsurgery, biomaterial and tissue engineering for replacement or reproduction of human organ or human tissue, molecule imaging or biomarker for diagnosis and treatment of cancer, and microfluidic chip-based biological microsystems. In this department, where student can obtain a variety of technological knowledge across the board, boasts diverse lectures including introduction to biomedical engineering (I, II), medical software, computer assisted surgery systems, medical ultrasound, visual servo control theory, biomaterial engineering, reproduction tissue engineering, molecular imaging applications, nano-medicine, microfludics, basic MEMS, and biosensor.

 

 

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Nurturing talents of integrated thinking capability


The dean continued to say, "The main interest of the major is applying the innovative technology to the people who needs it, particularly the patients. So medical engineering majors should have values besides the excellence in their learning ability, such as challenge spirit, acceptability of unfamiliarities, and warm heart to humans as they need to take humanism as the goal of technology development. Students don't need to make any particular preparation for obtaining admission to UST biomedical engineering major. However, basically in-depth understanding and knowledge from their four years' study in undergraduate major are more important than anything else. Along with them, foreign language skill is also recommended.”


Biomedical engineering involves the fields of biomedical technologies, therefore students of the major learn and study about multidisciplinary knowledge and skills. Specifically, the department is nurturing high-quality human resources skilled at the various fields of nano or micro technology, replacement and reproduction of tissue, early diagnosis of cancer, medical device for surgery, and reproduction research.
"Biomedical engineering requires talents of integrated thinking capability, who can understand and encompass a variety of disciplines (such as material engineering, biology, or clinical science). Creativity and challenge spirit are also necessities, but ultimately, as the goal of the major is raising quality of human life by treating diseases, having commitment to realizing humanism is the most essential quality."

 

 

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Devoted to development of biomedical source technology and technology commercialization

 

Professor Park continued to say, "Actually biomedical field is well known as one of the most promising field and having a great growth potential. Though our major was newly set up just a few years ago in 2013, its performance has been well above par. For instance, the professors of the major published their research outcomes in globally prominent journals (e.g. Nature Materials and Nature Communications) in 2015. The major also aggressively pushed ahead with research institute start-up projects to finalize one of them already and to make progress for another one. It has already made a history of technology transfer worth of a hundreds million wons. Also the ongoing research project for clinical study of fracture using a biodegradable magnesium will be one of our remarkable achievements."

Until now, the major has not had significant exchanges with other campuses or other majors except the cooperative projects between professors. Its greatest goal is to foster globally recognizable research and education capability in 10 years. To this end, it is essential to striving for building differentiated curriculum, such as industry connected courses, and for developing biomedical source technology and technology commercialization.

Its short-term objective is to strengthen its research and education capability by consistently recruiting excellent human resources, complimenting and solidifying curriculum, enhancing quality of English lectures, and improving education environment. In longer term, it aims to develop research and education system differentiated from undergraduate courses, to build up connection with industries (for start-ups or employment) and universities at home and abroad (credit exchange or exchange student program), and to forge a global network.