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Prof. Ricardo Luis Armentano
Title: Engineering Education in Biology and Medicine. A new paradigm that takes into account the thoughts of Favaloro, Houssay, Pasteur and the Medici family.
Keywords: traslational engineering education, conscious-technology, creativity, interoperability,
humanism, global challenges facing humanity
The synergy between Engineering and Biology, which evolves as fast as both of these disciplines do, allows us to offer top-of-the-line foundations to generate strong interactions industrial and welfare entities associated to health and living systems fields. We propose to articulate these specialties based on the premise that new professionals must face different situations or crises due to the so-called islands of excellence. Often, the effort of retaining the lectures of teachers conspires against analysis, logic and reasoning; a university education that does not stimulate the critical mind and does not teach how to think is not higher education, but training to submission. We are revising the programs of biomedical engineering education and the application of new pedagogic paradigms where critical thinking is the key: a holistic challenge which consists in a new way of teaching, learning, innovating, communicating and shearing with a creative attitude that represents quality of perception. We must redesign Engineers to work in a hybrid world where technology, science, humanism and other tendencies fuse and interconnect. In consequence, engineering becomes a profession whose limits are not specified, and where technology becomes science, art and management, widening the scope of its institutional mission. On the basis that an increasingly educated and Internet-connected generation is rising up against the abuse of power and threats that hang over our entire planet, we propose a new paradigm which takes into account the thoughts of Favaloro as well as those of the nobel laureate Bernardo Houssay, and the legacies of Louis Pasteur and the Medici Family, to enhance Engineering Education in Biology and Medicine, and thus encouraging faculty with this approach and motivating students and stimulating their creativity and their innovative ability throughout a conscious-technology curricula with humanistic motivation and global vision.
Ricardo L. Armentano is currently a Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Engineering Director of the Biological Engineering Dept. and PI UNPD/84/002 Uruguay and Director of the Ph.D. program on signal processing at UTN.BA. He was Vice Chairman at the Global Citizen Safety and Security Working Group of the International Federation of Medical and Biological Engineering. He received his Engineering degree in 1984, he earned his degree as Doctor in Physiological Sciences from the University of Buenos Aires (1994) and, in 1999, he obtained the PhD degree from Université de Paris VII Diderot, for the Doctorat de Biomecanique: Mecanique de Systèmes Biologiques. He has acquired international recognition in the field of cardiovascular hemodynamics and arterial hypertension. He has taught in the fields of cardiovascular dynamics and in the broad area of engineering in medicine and biology and has extensive experience in PhD supervision and in examination of local and international higher degree theses. He is on the editorial board of journals of cardiovascular research and is a reviewer for over 25 international scientific journals. He has over 250 publications including a book, book chapters and peer-reviewed articles. Ricardo Armentano has been a Member of the EMBS IEEE since 1985, Senior Member of IEEE (2001) and Chair of the Argentinean Chapter of the EMBS IEEE (2004). He was the conference chair of the 32nd International Conference EMBS IEEE Buenos Aires 2010. He was Latin-American IEEE EMB representative. Currently is a member of EMBS IEEE Technical Committee on Cardiopulmonary Systems and EMBS Distinguished Lecturer