UCLA short course on MEMS for Medical and Biotechnological Applications

William R. Goodin BGOODIN at unex.ucla.edu
Mon Jan 23 18:08:34 EST 1995

On March 13 - 15, 1995, UCLA Extension will present the short course, 
"MEMS for Medical and Biotechnological Applications", on the UCLA campus in 
Los Angeles.

The instructors are M. Allen Northrup, PhD, Lawrence Livermore National 
Laboratory, Gregory T. A. Kovacs, PhD, MD, Stanford University, Peter 
Krulevitch, PhD, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and Abraham P. Lee, 
PhD, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

Microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) are becoming prevalent in a wide 
range of applications ranging from automotive to medical devices.  MEMS have a 
particular usefulness in biological applications due to their small volumes, 
low energy, and nominal forces.  Increased efficacy of instruments and new 
areas of application are also emerging from specific and successful biomedical 
applications of MEMS.  While the future looks promising for the continued 
development of MEMS for biomedical and biotechnological applications, 
especially in the medical sensor field, issues have arisen that require 
scrutiny and analysis.

This course examines such vital factors as material strength and compatibility, 
working in fluid environments, power sources, and other considerations.  
Current MEMS programs and specific design issues are presented, along with the 
concept of preparing  a "figures of merit" table for evaluating the viability 
of MEMS technology in a particular biomedical application.

The first day reviews current state-of-the-art MEMS technology in biomedical 
device development and research.  The second day focuses on the specific 
design, materials, and fabrication issues concerning MEMS-based structures, 
actuators, and sensors that are potentially applicable to the biomedical 
arena.  The third day provides an in-depth review of several on going 
biomedical MEMS projects.  The course ends with the "figures of merit" that 
MEMS brings to the biomedical device field, and offers a critical evaluation 
of what appear to be promising potential biomedical products utilizing MEMS 

For additional information and a complete course description, please contact 
Marcus Hennessy at:

(310) 825-1047
(310) 206-2815  fax
mhenness at unex.ucla.edu

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