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10-Year Anniversary

In January 2014, the Board of Trustees gave the approval to create a Department of Bioengineering.  What started off as a program with one faculty member through the Graduate School of Engineering in 2009 has turned into a multi-million dollar research department with 37 tenure and tenure-track faculty, 7 teaching faculty, and 7 staff members (as of Fall 2023).


10-Year Anniversary Celebration

Two students working in the labOn January 12, 2024, we celebrate the cutting-edge research, student accomplishments, and department successes together. Alumni, current students, faculty, staff, college and university leadership will be able to partake in a day of learning about current research from the students and faculty, networking, hearing from a panel of alumni, and touring our state-of-the-art labs.

The event is by invitation only.  The schedule is as follows:

  • 9am – 9:30
    Breakfast and Registration
  • 9:30am
    Opening Remarks by Lee Makowski, Chair and Professor of Bioengineering
  • 9:45am – 12pm
    Research Presentations by Faculty and PhD Students 
    Student Presenters: Ana Vargas, Caroline McCormick, Josh Pace, & Noam Grunfeld
    Faculty Presenters: Ning Wang, Director of the Mechanobiology Institute and Professor of Bioengineering
    Mona Minkara, Assistant Professor of Bioengineering
  • 12pm
    Networking Lunch
  • 1pm
    Vision of the Department and Bioengineering field by Gregory Abowd, Dean of the College of Engineering and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering,
    Lee Makowski, Current Chair and Professor of Bioengineering,
    & Abraham Joy, Incoming Chair and Professor of Bioengineering
  • 2pm
    Poster Session
  • 3pm
    Lab tour of ISEC and BCC tour
  • 4pm
    Alumni Panel
  • 5pm
    Department History Reflections
  • 6pm – 8pm
    Dinner and Reception


How Can I Get Involved?

The Department of Bioengineering is rapidly growing and we would like you to know about opportunities in how to become involved and invest in our students.  Some ways for you to be an active member of the department of bioengineering are as follows:

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Bioengineering Capstone Space

Be a Capstone Judge

Every Fall and Spring semester, there are an estimated 10 to 13 groups of students that present their capstone projects and are judged by a panel of industry partners and alumni.  Reach out to Esther Cohen at if you are interested in being a judge, which entails a day of volunteering your time.

Sponsor a Capstone Project

All capstone projects require some amount of funding so Bioengineering Capstone projects are sponsored by industry partners, faculty research and the department.  Students need to design a prototype or develop a concept that will solve a problem using their knowledge from their bioengineering courses and co-op experiences.   Reach out to Esther Cohen at, if you would like to sponsor a project through your company or contribute to fund a project that originates with the students.

Mentor a Student

Mentoring a student can be one of the most fulfilling experiences as an alumni or industry partner.  Our students are eager, bright, and driven.  They want to learn from your experience and understand the job market after they graduate.  Reach out to Esther Cohen at to learn more about becoming a mentor to one of our students.

Create Cooperative Education Experiences

There are an estimated 600 undergraduate students, 100 master students and 130 PhD students.  We would like all our students to gain educational experience in industry and research.   Reach out to Max Sederer at

Join the Department of Bioengineering Industrial Advisory Board (IAB)

The IAB is comprised of an estimated 15 industry leaders that guide the department’s curriculum and leadership to grow according to industry needs and trends.  The IAB meets twice a year and has sub-committees that work on specialized projects in conjunction with the Chair of the department.  Reach out to Lee Makowski at