Aaron M. Kyle


363H Engineering Terrace

Tel(212) 851-5678
Fax(212) 854-8725

As Senior Lecturer in Biomedical Engineering Design at Columbia Engineering, Aaron Kyle’s faculty role focuses on engineering education. He teaches BME undergraduate courses; develops new courses and/or teaching methodologies for both undergraduate and secondary school students; and leads assessment of the BME program for purposes of continuous improvement. He is extremely passionate about all of these phases of education, as well as the interplay that comes with teaching and learning from students. He strives try to avoid knowledge compartmentalization by encouraging the application of engineering precepts to biomedical problems. This allows students to learn engineering theory in conjunction with the application of engineering principles to practical situations. He encourages student learning through hands-on, inquiry-based activities. Specifically, Dr. Kyle advises students to formulate hypotheses and experimental methods necessary to solve problems, i.e., present a problem and have the students apply their engineering knowledge to determine a solution. He favors this approach rather than providing step-by-step procedures because it emphasizes engineering problem solving methodology that is essential for young engineers and the best way to promote experiential learning.

Research Interests

Engineering education, STEM Outreach, Global Health Technology, Biomedical Instrumentation and Signal Processing

Kyle teaches two semesters of BME Lab Courses, an advanced Bioinstrumentation course, and BME Senior Design. Senior Design in Columbia BME is a two semester course sequence in which students devise a solution to an open-ended biomedical problem. Students are responsible for all phases of device innovation. Starting with defining a biomedical problem, the Senior Designers identify the commercial landscape and competing products; brainstorm prospective solutions and select one that best fits customer needs and constraints; formulate a business strategy; and prototype and test the proposed solutions. Kyle has expanded Senior Design to include: A Global Health Technology program in which Columbia students collaborate with partners in Uganda to create appropriate neonatal and maternal care technologies; helping design teams achieve national recognition via meritorious participation in extramural competitions; and supporting the creation of startup companies arising from Senior Design. Kyle believes that serving Columbia’s teaching missions extends to the local community as well. Accordingly, he created and launched the HYPOTHEKids (Hk) Maker Lab, a set of programs focused on introducing underprivileged and underrepresented minority high school students in New York City to engineering design and biomedical research.  As a result of this program, 74 high school students have learned and applied a bio-engineering design process. The program has propelled students to biomedical laboratory and biotechnology industry internships and the pursuit of STEM majors.  He is currently working on expanding the Hk Maker Lab into the fabric of Columbia Engineering  and secondary education throughout New York City / State.

Kyle received a BS in electrical engineering from Kettering University in 2002 and a PhD in biomedical engineering from Purdue University in 2007.   In 2017 he received the Presidential Award for Outstanding Teaching, Columbia’s highest award for classroom instruction.


  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Indiana Center for Vascular Biology and Medicine, 2007 – 2009
  • Graduate Research Assistant, Purdue University, 2002 - 2007

Professional Experience

  • Senior Lecturer in Biomedical Engineering Design, Columbia University, 2010 – Present
  • Director of Undergraduate Studies, Biomedical Engineering, Columbia University, 2015 - Present
  • Advisory Board Member, Luso Labs, 2016 - Present
  • Advisory Board Member, Neopenda Inc., 2015 - Present
  • Co-Founder/Director, Hk Maker Lab, 2013 - Present
  • Advisory Board Member, Jibon Health Inc., 2012 - Present
  • Principal Engineer, Gallilead, Inc., 2010 – 2013
  • Summer Hire, Los Alamos National Laboratory, 2002
  • Co-op Student, Square D Company, 1997 - 2002

Professional Affiliations

  • American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE)
  • American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE)
  • IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (IEEE EMBS)
  • Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES)

Honors & Awards

  • Fellow, AIMBE, 2020
  • Biomedical Engineering Society Diversity Lecture Award, 2020
  • Columbia University Presidential Award for Outstanding Teaching, 2017
  • Janette and Armen Avanessians Diversity Award, 2016
  • The Kim Award for Faculty Involvement, 2012
  • Best Student Paper Award, Engineering Acoustics, 151st Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America, 2006
  • College of Engineering Outstanding Graduate Student, 2006
  • Magoon Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2006
  • Neal Fearnot Prize for Outstanding Summer Seminar, 2005
  • Tau Beta Pi, 2000
  • Eta Kappa Nu, 2000

Selected Publications

  • A.M. Kyle, R.L. Sattler, H.T. Zhao, C. Kovich, “HYPOTHEkids Maker Lab: A Summer Program in Engineering Design for High School Students” ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, New Orleans, LA, June 2016.
  • A.M. Kyle, D.C. Jangraw, M.B. Bouchard, M.E. Downs, “BMEE E4740: A Project-Based Course in Bioinstrumentation,” IEEE Transactions on Engineering Education, 59(4), pp. 52-48 (2016).
  • M.B. Bouchard, M.E. Downs, D. C. Jangraw, A. M. Kyle, “A Hands-On Course Teaching Bioinstrumentation through the Design and Construction of a Benchtop Cardiac Pacemaker,” Proceedings of the 35th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, Osaka, Japan, July 2013.
  • G.K. Zhang, H.S. Ahmed, P. Desai, J. Yang, M. Michael, A.M. Kyle, E.M.C. Hillman, M. Nakakeeto-Kijjambu, R. Sahni, R. Polin, “Vital Signs Monitor for Low-Resource Hospitals,” 2012 Pediatric Academic Societies Annual Meeting, Boston, MA, May 2012.
  • A.M. Kyle, P.I. Rogers, S. Han, P.-S. Chen, K.L. March, “LifeShirt Acquisition System to Monitor ECG from Ambulatory Swine and the Implementation of an Arrhythmia Detection Algorithm,” Proceedings of the 31st Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, Minneapolis, MN, Minneapolis, MN, September 2009.
  • A.M. Kyle, G. Albors, G.R. Wodicka, E.J. Juan, “Sound Propagation in Liquid-Filled Arterial Segments: Measurements and Model Predictions”, Proceedings of the 29th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, Lyon, France, August 2007.
  • G. Albors, A.M. Kyle, G.R. Wodicka, E.J. Juan, “Computer Simulation Tool for Predicting Sound Propagation in Air-Filled Tubes with Acoustic Impedance Discontinuities”, Proceedings of the 29th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, Lyon, France, August 2007.
  • A. Kyle, J. Bazil, S. Bhatia, B. Moerdyk, A. Brightman, G. Graber, A. Sieving, T. Talavage, A. Rundell, “Bioinstrumentation Instruction through Hybrid Wet/Circuit Laboratory Activities,” in ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Chicago, IL, June 2006.
  • A.M. Kyle, S.L. Ordonez, E.J. Juan, J.S. Bolton, G.R. Wodicka, “Wave propagation in liquid-filled tubes: Measurements and Model Predictions,” in 151st Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America, Providence, RI, June, 2006.
  • A. Kyle, S. Bhatia, J. Bazil, B. Moerdyk, A. Brightman, G. Graber, A. Sieving, T. Talavage, A. Rundell, “A Laboratory Encouraging Learning of Bioinstrumentation, Bioelectric,and Measurement Principles,” in 2005 BMES Annual Fall Meeting, Baltimore, MD, 2005.