Biomedical engineering is an emerging field that offers significant opportunities to improve the human condition. Biomedical engineers seek to understand, define and solve problems in medicine, physiology and biology, including:
- Optimizing strategies for human movement, gait analysis and anthro-robotic systems.
- Robotic devices and low-tech devices to improve physical and cognitive impairments.
- Artificial organs, cardiovascular engineering, bioseparations and biocomplexities.
- Biosensors, bioinstrumentation and bio-MEMs research diagnostics tools to monitor human health and the environment.
People are living longer thanks, in part, to significant advances in medical devices and technologies. With the aging of the baby boom generation, the need for medical procedures and innovation is expected to grow.
Biomedical engineering is expected to have the highest job growth of any occupation over the next decade. According to the U.S. Labor Department, employment of biomedical engineers is expected to grow by 72 percent, adding nearly 12,000 jobs between 2008 and 2018.
Faculty in the School of Biological and Health Systems Engineering have specialized expertise in bioimaging, biosensors and bioinstrumentation, molecular, cellular and tissue engineering, neural rehabilitation engineering and synthetic biology and systems.
Design experience is integrated through all four years of the program. Students also benefit from strong faculty connections to clinical partners and industry to gain hands-on experience in research labs and through internships.
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