- Adaptive optics for optomotry and opthalomology and next generation contact lenses
- Design and optimization of prosthetic devices
- Medical imaging
- Modeling, stress analysis, characterization, and nondestructive evaluation of an aortic valve under fatigue loading; modeling, stress analysis, characterization, and nondestructive evaluation of aorta/arteries under pulsating loading; and development of advanced biomedical engineering devices (Keun-Myung Yoon)
- Orthopedic prosthetic devices (Dana Medlin, James Sears)
- Prosthetics and assistive devices (Carter Kerk)
- Stents and vascular mechanics (Linxia Gu)
Facilities and Labs
The School of Mines maintains state-of-the-art research laboratories to which students in the BME program have access. These facilities include the biomedical engineering laboratory, left heart simulator, physiologic parameter recorder, echo machine, tissue processing equipment, tissue culture facility, and tissue testing equipment, among others. There are laboratories in various departments which are also available to students.
BME students also have access to the Computational Mechanics Laboratory; the Direct Write Technology Laboratory; the Center for Accelerated Applications at the Nanoscale; the Center for Development of Light-Activated Materials; the Cardiovascular Research Institute, Sioux Falls, SD; The Sanford School of Medicine, Sioux Falls, SD; and USD, Vermillion, SD.
The specialties of the physicians available for collaboration include cardiac surgery, cardiology, orthopedic surgery, prosthetics and assistive device technology, ophthalmology, neurology, traumatic brain injury, radiology, and geriatrics.