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Jaydev Desai: Medical Robotics
Robots can execute complex movements and manipulations accurately and repeatedly. thus robot-assisted surgery has the potential to enhance the skills of a surgeon and also endow surgeon-like skills to a non-specialist. Current state of robotic surgery is reviewed. The principles that enable us to design and constrcut these medical robots are described.

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Yick Hsuan: Waste Containment Technology
Disposal of waste requires careful engineering and design to avoid contamination of ground water. High Density polyethylene, a geosynthetic engineering material is used to line waste dumps. It prevents seepage of potential contaminants into the ground water. Basic theory, laboratory methodology and test data for predicting the lifetime of HDPE geomembranes is discussed in the context of waste containment.

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Anthony M. Lowman: Smart Pharmaceuticals
Efficay of a drug is optimized when it is available to the diseased organ at the right concentration and for the desired period. Optimized delivery not only reduces cost of treatment, but also results in reduced human suffering. The module explores the application of controlled release of drugs using a class of polymers called hydrogels. Their transport properties in relation to structure and morphology are presented.

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Raj Mutharasan: Biotechnology
In this module one learns about the fundamental elements of biotechnology and the applications of the same in fields ranging from agriculture to medicine. It also discusses the genetic engineering principles and how biochemical engineering principles can be used to construct microorganisms, which are of commercial value. All of it has been explained in detail supported with appropriate diagrams and mathematical equations. In addition to the above-mentioned topics, governing relationships between growth stoichiometry, growth rate and product formation have also been discussed.

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Stewart D. Personick: Network Integrity and Information Assurance
Computer systems store very critical corporate and individual information. While the information is widely available to authorized users, it is also vulnerable to threats from unauthorized agents. this module introduces various measures used to prevent unauthorized access to information. Some of the strategies include encrypting data, use of digital systems, enclaves and protective frewalls.

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Harish Sethu: Emerging Internet Technologies
Emerging Internet Technologies and their applications are explained. A comparison between packet switching and circuit switching in terms of efficiency is made. High-Level overview of the fundamental concepts of networking such as switches, protocol layering, routers, flow control, multi-protocol label switching and others are given.

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Steven P. Wrenn: Engineering Approaches to Cholesterol linked diseases
Cholesterol is both a nutrient as well as one that causes diseases. Onset of two cholesterol-linked diseases, namely atherosclerosis and gallstone are described from an engineering perspective. The cause of the diseases is the formation of insoluble cholesterol crystals. The classical theory of nucleation that determines cholesterol crystallization is presented. Future prospects of controlling these diseases through nucleation modulation are discussed briefly.

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Aspasia Zerva: Earthquakes, Origins and Predictions:
Earthquakes are one of the most feared natural disasters. Thus the need to understand their origin and prediction wil be useful in building code structures and code development. Plate Tectonics theory and its implications in occurence of earthquakes are described. Recent history of earthquakes is reviewed. Earthquake terminologies such as fault, strike, and dip, thrust faults, magnitude, fault rupture and others are explained.. Measures to estimate the potential occurence of an earthquake are discussed briefly.

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Maja Bystrom: Wireless Communications
Real-time monitoring of large man-made structres requires that evaluation to be done without destroying the structure. Thus lasers are used in sensing status of structures (buildings, bridges and others) through remote non-destructive evaluation by laser ultrasonic and vibration sensing. The module introduces optics, lasers, fiber optics and laser sensing in the context of monitoring behaviour and status of structures.

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John N. Dinardo: Exploring The Nanolandscape
Important tools of the emerging nanotechnology area are the microscopes that enable spatially localized measurement and manipulation. Fundamental capabilities of scanning probe microscopy (SPM) are described. Several following fundamental physical phenomena are described: electron tunneling and transport through confined regions, atomic structure, surface atom diffusion, spatially localized surface spectroscopy, atomic forces, nanoscale friction surface elasticity and surface magnetism. Brief discussions include applications in materials characterization and biological macromolecules.

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P.M. Shankar: Fiberoptic Communcation Systems:
Fiber optics has made significant improvement in data carrying capacity of networks. This module introduces fundamental principles of fiber optic communications. Dispersion in fibers, data transmission capacity, multichannel light wave sysytems, optical amplifiers, stimulated Raman systems, soliton systems and other fundamental concepts are discussed.

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John Popovics: Laser-based Non-destructive Evaluation:
Lasers create a high intensity, directed light beam that can travel in air or through fiber optic cables. Lasers can be used to generate waves and detect stretching or motion in a solid material without direct contact with the material. Thus lasers are useful in many important engineering applications that require remote non-destructive evaluation (NDE) and sensing such as laser ultrasonics, “smart” structures and vibration sensing. In this module the basic concepts of light, lasers, fiber optics and wave propagation are introduced. The basis of wave generation and sensing with lasers is given. Finally specific engineering applications that make use laser-based techniques are described.

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