Bioengineering is attracting many high quality students. This invaluable book has been written for beginning students of bioengineering, and is aimed at instilling a sense of engineering in them.Engineering is invention and designing things that do not exist in nature for the benefit of humanity. Invention can be taught by making inventive thinking a conscious part of our daily life. This is the approach taken by the authors of this book. Each author discusses an ongoing project, and gives a sample of a professional publication. Students are asked to work through a sequence of assignments and write a report. Almost everybody soon realizes that more scientific knowledge is needed, and a strong motivation for the study of science is generated. The teaching of inventive thinking is a new trend in engineering education. Bioengineering is a good field with which to begin this revolution in engineering education, because it is a youthful, developing interdisciplinary field.
Roles of flow mechanics in vascular cell biology in health and disease, S. Chien; perspectives of biomechanics, Y.C. Fung; the implantable glucose sensor - an example of bioengineering design, D.A. Gough; design and development of artificial blood, M. Intalietta; analysis of coronary circulation - a bioengineering approach, G.S. Kassab; what lies beyond bioinformatics?, B. Palsson; tissue engineering of articular cartilage, R.L. Sah; cell activation in the circulation, G.W. Schmid-Schonbein; molecular basis of cell membrane mechanics, L.-P.A. Sung; biomechanics of injury and healing, P. Tong and Y.C. Fung; pulsatile blood flow in the lung studied as an engineering system, M.R.T. Yen and W. Huang.