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Chriss Swaney
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For immediate release:
February 3, 2004

Carnegie Mellon Researcher Creates Seminal Text For Biomedical Engineering Courses

PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University's Michael Domach, author of the nation's first text for undergraduate students majoring in biomedical engineering, will showcase the new book at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2004, in Doherty Hall A-100.

Domach, a chemical engineering professor, said the book is specifically designed for freshmen interested in the emerging field of biomedical engineering.

Simply put, biomedical engineers design devices and methodologies that enable the detection, diagnosis, management and elimination of disease, according to Domach.

The book, divided into four parts, covers everything from the basics of modern molecular biology to career opportunities in the field.

"Health care deliverers and patients are the ultimate users of the efforts of biomedical engineers," Domach said, "although engineers can often be found in the health care delivery system where they, for example, assist surgeons with the implementation of devices that correct irregular heart rhythms."

More than 150 students in the 2004 Introduction to Biomedical Engineering class will use Domach's book.

"This book is a great addition to our program as we see more interest in this field of study,"

said Todd Przybycien, head of Carnegie Mellon's Biomedical Engineering Department, which was formed July 1, 2002.

Enrollment in the introductory biomedical engineering course continues to climb from 70 students in 2000 to 155 in 2004, according to Przybycien.

Book publisher Prentice Hall of Upper Saddle River, N.J., is also developing an online version of Domach's book.

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