The Accelerated Learning Academy offers three tracks: Biomedical Engineering and Technology, Applied Mathematics, and Medical Science. All workshop topics below are subject to change.

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Biomedical Engineering and Technology Track

Biomedical Engineering is an interdisciplinary field, so it has many applications to the traditional engineering disciplines, including Mechanical Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Materials Science. Each workshop in the Biomedical Engineering and Technology track will provide students with a brief introduction to a traditional engineering discipline, applications to biomedical engineering and the human body, and emphasize the use of technology. Each workshop will include a brief lecture, group activities, and hands-on demonstrations. Each workshop will also include real-world applications. To expose students to new ideas, career paths relevant to each workshop topic will also be discussed.

Workshop I: Biomimicry: Designs Inspired by Nature

December 7-9, 2018            
Engineers look to many sources for inspiration; learn how natural structures, forms and behaviors are incorporated into designs. Students will address medical and environmental problems by creating and testing their own bio-inspired designs. Then dive deeper into one particular application, using sound waves for navigation and mapping without visual feedback in the ocean and the body, based on observations of animal echolocation. 

Workshop II: Electrical Engineering: Electrical Circuit & Design Analysis

March 1-3, 2019 
Learn about electrical engineering and its fundamental laws by designing circuits with electrical components, such as resistors, inductors, and capacitors. Observe how to draw and interpret circuit diagrams and identify the function of different electrical components. Then step into the role of an electrical engineer and use your knowledge to test and redesign your circuits to solve problems based on real world applications.

Workshop III: Biomechanics: Sports Biomechanics and Human Performance

April 26-28, 2019
Delve into the structure and function of the human body through the intersection of sports, mechanics, and rehabilitation for this celebration of National Biomechanics Day. Using custom-made jump plates, design and conduct experiments to explore athletic performance and interpret results to make recommendations to improve performance. Learn how injuries can impair athletic performance and how engineers as well as clinicians design interventions to help athletes recondition and regain their strength.  


Applied Mathematics Track

Mathematics, like other theoretical and applied fields, is based on observation and theorization. Through observation and hands on learning you will develop and further extend your knowledge and become aware of how to facilitate mathematics learning.


Workshop I: Mathematically Generated Designs from Functions & Formulas                       

December 7-9, 2018
Apply differential calculus and physics to create designs, given certain requirements and constraints. Build and test a functional model of mathematical designs.

Workshop II: Mathematical Physics

March 1-3, 2019
Collaborate to construct mathematical ideas to problems in physics. Explore mathematical developments in algebra, functional analysis and probability, which encompass the subject.

Workshop III: Mathematical Modeling

April 26-28, 2019
Use equations to build and solve models that exactly or approximately model a behavior. By developing equations, students will determine the long-term behavior of a system, and apply their knowledge to solve real-world problems by modeling the behavior of economic, ecological or political systems.


Medical Science Track

Medical Sciences encompasses basic sciences of medicine, medical specialties and other interdisciplinary fields dedicated to understanding animal/human health, as well as diagnosis and treatment of disease conditions.  Although many challenges still exist, significant progress and advances over the years in medical sciences has improved human health, and we are now living longer.  The medical science workshops provides an introduction to different areas of biology and science to provide a broader understanding of biological systems and advancements in science.

Workshop I: Proteins                                    
December 7-9, 2018

From building amino acids to muscle, students will investigate a range of biological processes. Then examine the intricacies of proteins, their versatility and importance in genetics. 

Workshop II: Biochemistry

March 1-3, 2019 
Explore biology and chemistry, particularly the chemical processes related to living organisms.  Examine molecule structure and function, and learn how biochemistry has been providing advances in science for decades. 

Workshop III: Clinical & Translational Science          

April 26-28, 2019
Acquire the foundation for a broad understanding of scientific, medical and regulatory issues. Engage in team oriented projects involving communication and integration of different disciplinary backgrounds.

Successful program completion requires attendance at all three program sessions for students’ selected track. Each session will take place from Friday at 6 p.m. to Sunday at 2 p.m.