Biomedical and Biochemical Engineering for K-12 students


  • Sundararajan V. Madihally Oklahoma State University
  • Eric L. Maase Oklahoma State University


REACH (Reaching Engineering and Architectural Career Heights) is a weeklong summer academy outreach program for high school students interested in engineering, architecture, or technology. Through module-based instruction, students are introduced to various engineering fields. This report describes one of the modules focused on introducing biomedical/biochemical engineering principles and practice. The approach taken in presenting biochemical/biomedical engineering is described along with the effectiveness of the approach. Pre- and post-assessment surveys found that the students were interested in the materials presented, actively involved in the experimental procedure, and the module successfully increased the students interest in the field of biochemical/biomedical engineering.

Author Biographies

Sundararajan V. Madihally, Oklahoma State University

Sundararajan V. Madihally is an assistant professor of chemical engineering at Oklahoma State University. He received his B.E. from Bangalore University, and his Ph.D. from Wayne State University, both in chemical engineering. He held a research fellow position at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School/Shriners Hospital for Children. His research interests include stem-cell-based tissue engineering and the development of therapies for traumatic conditions.

Eric L. Maase, Oklahoma State University

Eric L. Maase is an adjunct lecturer of chemical engineering at Oklahoma State University. He received his B. S. in chemical engineering from the University of Maryland, his M.S. in chemical and petroleum engineering from Colorado School of Mines, and his Ph.D. from Oklahoma State University in 2004. His research interests are teaching methods, computer modeling, thermodynamics, and bio-related engineering.