Engineering in Medical Settings

The possible applications of engineering know no bounds. From applications in software development, to transportation, to music, engineering is seemingly limitless in how far it can advance society. Those incredible applications are also relevant in medicine.

The field of biomedical engineering is growing rapidly. Biomedical engineers assist in building technology and solutions within healthcare, ranging from creating artificial organs to improving patient’s diagnoses by developing new medical equipment.

However, one of the most influential and innovative ways that engineers shape healthcare is with prosthetics. Creating prostheses that allow now only for a full range of motion, but comfort and style leaves engineers with a lofty task. However, they certainly rise to the occasion. 

Recent developments in prosthetic components, such as sensors, controllers, and compact battery packs, made it possible to begin developing a fully-functional, motorized prosthesis.

EPICS in IEEE recently sponsored a project that also continued to develop prostheses, but this time for man’s best friend. Inspired by major advancements in wearable robotics for humans, the team from Stevens University in Hoboken, NJ set out to create an adaptive, rugged prosthesis that could be modified to fit different sizes of dogs while serving their unique needs. 

Thanks to innovation and creativity in engineering, we are striving towards a more mobile, more comfortable future for all. 

Author: Michele Currenti

Michele is a creative content intern in Educational Activities at IEEE. She is currently pursing her masters in Voice & Opera at the University of Maryland, College Park. She also completed a Bachelor of Science in Brain & Cognitive Science at the University of Rochester and a Bachelor of Music at the Eastman School of Music. She is interested in finding the various intersections of science and the arts to better humanity.