Gerald (Jerry) LeCarpentier of Plymouth has been named director of the biomedical engineering (BME) program at Lawrence Technological University.
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.”
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.
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.
He 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.
Lawrence Technological University, www.ltu.edu, is a private university founded in 1932 that offers more than 100 programs through the doctoral level in its Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Engineering, and Management. PayScale lists Lawrence Tech among the nation’s top 100 universities for the salaries of its graduates, and highest in the Detroit metropolitan area. Lawrence Tech is also listed in the top tier of Midwestern universities by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review. Students benefit from small class sizes and experienced faculty who provide a real-world, hands-on, “theory and practice” education with an emphasis on leadership. Activities on Lawrence Tech’s 102-acre campus include over 60 student clubs and organizations and a growing roster of NAIA varsity sports.