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Goodin, Bill
01-21-1995, 10:34 AM
On March 13 - 15, 1995, UCLA Extension will present the short course, "MEMS
for Medical and Biotechnological Applications", on the UCLA campus in Los
Angeles.

The instructors are M. Allen Northrup, PhD, Lawrence Livermore National
Laboratory, Gregory T. A. Kovacs, PhD, MD, Stanford University, Peter
Krulevitch, PhD, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and Abraham P. Lee,
PhD, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

Microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) are becoming prevalent in a wide range
of applications ranging from automotive to medical devices. MEMS have a
particular usefulness in biological applications due to their small volumes,
low energy, and nominal forces. Increased efficacy of instruments and new
areas of application are also emerging from specific and successful
biomedical applications of MEMS. While the future looks promising for the
continued development of MEMS for biomedical and biotechnological
applications, especially in the medical sensor field, issues have arisen
that require scrutiny and analysis.

This course examines such vital factors as material strength and
compatibility, working in fluid environments, power sources, and other
considerations. Current MEMS programs and specific design issues are
presented, along with the concept of preparing a "figures of merit" table
for evaluating the viability of MEMS technology in a particular biomedical
application.

The first day reviews current state-of-the-art MEMS technology in biomedical
device development and research. The second day focuses on the specific
design, materials, and fabrication issues concerning MEMS-based structures,
actuators, and sensors that are potentially applicable to the biomedical
arena. The third day provides an in-depth review of several on going
biomedical MEMS projects. The course ends with the "figures of merit" that
MEMS brings to the biomedical device field, and offers a critical evaluation
of what appear to be promising potential biomedical products utilizing MEMS
technology.

For additional information and a complete course description, please contact
Marcus Hennessy at:

(310) 825-1047
(310) 206-2815 fax
mhenness@unex.ucla.edu