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Prof. Saliterman teaches in the Department of Biomedical Engineering. He develops medical device technology, consults to industry and teaches the following courses:

BMEN 5151 Introduction to BioMEMS & Medical Microdevices (2 cr.) - Spring 2025

This course is open to senior and graduate students in BME and others during spring semester. Junior students may take this course if  they feel prepared. (Prof. Saliterman is author of the textbook, Fundamentals of BioMEMS and Medical Microdevices.) The course content is largely based on current literature, and topics include:

  • Nano- and Microfabrication of Silicon & Polymers.
  • Microfluidics - Design, Transport, and Electrokinetics.
  • Biosensors, Microsensors, Quantum Dots and Nanoparticles.
  • Lab, Organ and Body-on-a-Chip Systems.
  • Microactuators & Drug Delivery.
  • Clinical Laboratory Medicine & Micro Total Analysis Systems.
  • Genomics and Proteomics - Gene and Protein Chips.
  • Clinical Applications & Point-of-Service Devices.
  • Biocompatibility, FDA & ISO 10993.

PHSL/BMEN 3701 Physiology Lab  - Fall 2023

Exercise physiology, fall semester. Lectures on standard & cardiopulmonary exercise testing.

Past Courses

Prof. Saliterman founded, but is no longer teaching the courses below. Please see your Academic Schedule Builder to learn more about their availability, who is teaching them, and the curriculum content.

BMEN 2151 Introductory Medical Device Prototyping - Traditionally Spring

This course is for BME sophomore students in the spring semester, and may be taken by other students in the College of Science & Engineering or Health Sciences by request.

  • Design opportunities in medicine.
  • Engineering drawing with SolidWorks.
  • 3D printing (FDM, polyjet and bio), and laser cutting.
  • Modeling anatomical structures from imaging data.
  • Lathe, mill, and other shop instruction.
  • Biomaterials & biocompatibility.
  • Digital and analog electronics, simulation software & test equipment.
  • Programming microcontrollers in C.
  • Microcontroller, sensor and actuator hardware.
  • Medical device innovation and regulation.
  • Industry tour.

BMEN 3151 Medical Device Practicum - Traditionally Fall

This course is for junior students who already have basic skills in shop, engineering drawing, electronics and programming, and now wish to build a medical device prototype. Having taken BMEN 2151 (or similar course in ME or EE) is a prerequisite. You may work in teams of 1 to 4 students, and will have access to physician and nursing advisors from the medical school and the BME department as needed. You may select any project you wish, or from a list of projects. Devices may also incorporate molecular and cellular biology, and neuromodulation based on your interests. Facilities include the EBMDC and Anderson Labs. Prof. Saliterman will provide technical and clinical support for every team.

The course also includes a seminar series on medical device innovation with guest speakers from industry. Refreshments are served at every session. The seminar series occurs in the Brainstorming room of the EBMDC.

Grading is based on your participation, projects, and small poster (or optionally a paper). There are no examinations. Seminar topics include:

  • Physician lead discussion of design opportunities in medicine.
  • Device discovery and ideation, product life cycle, and design controls.
  • FDA regulations, including premarket (510k and PMA) and post-market requirements.
  • Intellectual property, including patents, trademark, copyright and trade secrets.
  • Technology transfer and commercialization.
  • Risk management and human factors engineering.
  • Entrepreneurship in the medical device industry.
Prof. Steven Saliterman

Prof. Steven Saliterman is a VentureWellTM Faculty Grant recipient, and member of the Department of Biomedical Engineering for over 20 years. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and member of SPIE (International Society for Optics & Photonics). As a member of the Lunar & Planetary Society, Prof. Saliterman has served from time to time as a scientific community participant in the Artemis program Lunar Surface Science Workshops.

A graduate of Mayo Medical School and Mayo Internal Medicine, Prof. Saliterman also worked at the NASA Johnson Space Center as an intern in Life Sciences Division, and as a Research Fellow at the NASA Ames Research Center Cardiovascular Lab. He is a past Chair, Dept. of Medicine, Methodist Hospital.

Selected to attend the renowned National Youth Science Camp (NYSC, MN'69) in West Virginia, Prof. Saliterman has spent a lifetime engaged in science, volunteerism (having never accepted compensation for teaching), working towards resolving social strife and promoting those historically underrepresented.

While having authored peer-reviewed articles and books, he considers his students' accomplishments far more important than his own. Students and others are invited to meet and discuss their classes and projects at his office in NHH (see below).

He served as Co-Chair and moderator of the Design of Medical Devices (DMD) 2021 Conference COVID-19 Session; and the 2023 & 2024 Medical Education Training Contributing Papers Topic.

Set Up a Meeting

Office hours are Monday & Wednesday afternoons this spring 2024. Please call, text or email the day before or sooner to schedule a time. You may arrange to meet at an alternate location based on your needs - e.g. conference room, lab or your office.

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