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  • UCLA Short Course on MEMS for Medical and BiotechnologicalApplications

    On March 13 - 15, 1995, UCLA Extension will present the short course, "MEMS
    for Medical and Biotechnological Applications", on the UCLA campus in Los

    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

    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

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

    (310) 825-1047
    (310) 206-2815 fax