THE University of Newcastle will introducea new degree from 2018to provide engineers with specialised medical skills.
UON’s Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment Pro Vice-Chancellor, Professor Brett Ninness, said the Bachelor of Medical Engineering (Honours) will be the first degree of its kind available in NSW.
It will be launched at 5.30pm on Tuesday August 22 in the University Gallery on the Callaghan campus, where members of the public and prospective students can learn more about the four-year program.
Professor Ninness the ageing population and technological advances had driven a need for the degree.
“Our population is ageing and new technology is saving the lives of people with challenging illnesses or injuries who require sophisticated therapy and care,” Professor Ninness said.
“At the same time, technologies like virtual reality and artificial intelligence are rapidly changing the way we live and work.
“Students who choose to study Medical Engineering with us will be developing technology, from artificial organs and prosthetics to cloud storage of medical records, that can potentially benefit millions of people.
The degree will offer four majors; medical biomechanics;medical computing;medical devices andmedical signal analysis.
While the undergraduate degree is a new offering, students at the university are also doing medical engineering research.
Third year electrical engineering studentRebecca Sykestook part in a summer research project that focused on type 1 diabetes and ways to overcome the issue of blood glucose regulation.
“Combining engineering and medicine is exciting as it provides a new and unique perspective in the area of health,” she said.
“Through this project, I was able to gain a deeper understanding of how the human body works and apply engineering solutions to a current health issue.”