The University of Louisiana at Lafayette says an assistant professor of mechanical engineering has created an artificial heart lab on campus.

Charles Taylor is developing tools to help test current medical devices and to design and test the next generation of medical devices. Its focus is on prosthetic heart valves and ventricular assist devices.

His lab is set up to create computer models. He hopes to soon add the capability for students to build and test systems.

Taylor says he's adapting a design process used in the aeronautics industry, working simultaneously on computational models and bench-top systems.

Taylor joined the faculty in 2013. In spring 2014, he taught a pilot course in bioengineering. It covered the principles of creating artificial organs.