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Materials or Electrical engineering for Neural prosthetics and/or artificial muscles

  1. Oct 16, 2011 #1
    I know and have known for a while now that I want to be involved with neural prosthetics, and artificial limbs and muscles. I eventually plan on getting a graduate degree in biomedical engineering, but for the sake of knowledge, experience, and security, I plan to get my undergrad degree in one of the more traditional engineering disciplines. For a long time I was fixed on EE but I've come to realize that a lot of the EE work for prosthetic area of the biotech revolution has been done, and that the biggest concern right now is making these developments compatible with our biology, i.e. biocompatibility. My two biggest areas of interest are creating artificial muscles/tissue that can handle and work with non-biological electrical signals, and then creating prostheses that directly link with the brain and nervous system. It will only be for two years as I am transferring from a community college, so keep that in mind when thinking about work load. The school I am looking at is UC Irvine, I have friends and family there already and would not be that far of a move. The two plans I have been looking at are an EE bachelors with a biomedical Eng minor, or a Materials Sci Eng with a specialization in biomaterials. They also have a Materials Sci specialization in electronic materials, so I have also thought about doing that with the biomed minor. But with only two years to complete the workload is an issue. Any feedback would be great thank you.
    - Nate Boyle
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