Gerald (Jerry) LeCarpentier has been named director of the biomedical engineering (BME) program at Lawrence Technological University.
He succeeds Associate Professor Elin Jensen, who was acting director and will now devote more time to her responsibilities as associate dean of graduate studies for LTU’s College of Engineering.
LeCarpentier will teach both core and elective BME courses, including Introduction to Biomedical Engineering and a 5000-level special topics course that will integrate computer fundamentals, signal processing, and device interfacing.
LeCarpentier is a native of New Orleans and a graduate of Tulane University. He earned both his master’s degree and PhD in biomedical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. He moved to Michigan in 1988, and has held a number of academic positions at the University Michigan at Ann Arbor, UM-Flint, Wayne State University, the University of Detroit Mercy, and Schoolcraft College.
His academic experience includes finite element modeling, ergonomics and motion analysis, laser-tissue interactions, electrophysiology and implantable devices, and various multimodality medical imaging analyses and device development.
From 2002 to 2012, he was an assistant professor at UM-Ann Arbor where he worked on early detection of breast cancer. There he also worked on a multi-disciplinary team to develop electrical and mechanical imaging prototypes and mentor students in high school through graduate school as well as technicians and research associates.
LeCarpentier expects LTU’s BME program to continue to expand and attract more students. LTU’s master’s degree program in biomedical engineering will be introduced in the 2015 fall semester.
“With the oldest baby-boomers now approaching 70 with a life expectancy exceeding 85, it is natural to assume that BME graduates will play a very large part in the fabric of healthcare and quality of life in our aging society,” he said.
Biomedical engineering was ranked number one on the “best job” list for 2012 and 2013 on the CNN Money website. LeCarpentier believes BME graduates from LTU will be prepared to play important roles in the field.
“The key to this success will be the natural collaborative efforts and multidisciplinary approach inherent in our BME curriculum here at LTU,” LeCarpentier said. “Our BME faculty offer tremendous expertise in this educational process.”