Can We Engineer Our Way To Good Health?


Program Description:

Engineering technologies contribute to our health. Purification of drinking water has been of great benefit to public health. Large-scale production of penicillin is another engineering triumph, which improved our health. Medical imaging technology has come a long way since the X-ray. Ultrasound and MRI’s are now commonplace. Can imaging technologies be used in new ways in our search for better health? Computer simulations promise greater understanding of physiologic processes in disease and health. Simulations require quantitative mathematical models of physiology. Digital wireless communications can be used to build a national medical database. The benefits of such a database are great. What challenges must be overcome to make this a reality? The more technology we introduce into health care, the more expensive it becomes. Can we make these technologies affordable?


Russell Carr

Russell Carr began his chemical engineering training at Brigham Young University in 1974. He graduated with a BS in chemical engineering in 1980, after a break from school to serve as missionary in Belgium and France. He earned a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Rochester in 1984. He has been a member of the chemical engineering faculty at the University of New Hampshire since fall 1984 teaching dozens of courses including biomedical engineering.

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