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Professor Canavan teaches a variety of classes that bring together students from diverse disciplines – chemistry, physics, biology, engineering and business – in order to solve real-world problems.

Engineering Design for Global Health

Engineering Design for Global Health

This class explores some of the most serious, real-world health concerns, then asks students to choose their own project to address the issue. Previous student projects have prototyped designs to address:

  • How to manage nebulizer asthma treatments in areas where there is no electricity
  • The ability to sterilize medical instruments using UV light and hand-cranked generators
  • The prioritization of relief supplies to disaster-stricken areas within financial, weight and dimensional restrictions

Students are also encouraged to become involved in identifying needs in their own communities. Guest lecturers provide their own perspective on pressing global health problems.

“The course was very interesting and gave perspective to other highly technical work I have done. Also, the design challenge was a great way to apply engineering techniques to the topics learned about in global health.” Student evaluation

Adaptive Design

Adaptive Design

This 3-week, interdisciplinary and team-based class connects students and technology to design, prototype and potentially patent their idea for a solution to a problem in the biomedical, medical or other health-related field.

Biomaterials Engineering

Biomaterials Engineering

Curious about what biomaterials are currently in use, including commercial and research applications? Students gain an understanding of a material’s properties, biological responses to the materials, clinical context of their use, manufacturing processes, and regulatory issues.

“I really enjoyed that we were able to discuss a lot of the material as a group in class while learning new topics (as opposed to other strictly lecture-based classes). The instructor made great efforts to make this course relevant to real-world issues and incorporate practical aspects (i.e. economics, laws regarding testing for some of the bioengineering devices we discussed, etc.) into the class material.” Student evaluation

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