The Department of Bioengineering is driven by the conviction that the interface of engineering and medicine will be one of the great intellectual adventures of the 21st century. To prepare students for this adventure, the department strives to create an atmosphere of innovation and creativity that fosters excellence in instruction and research and provides a foundation for programs that drive forward the cutting edge of knowledge while establishing translational collaborations with clinical and industrial researchers.
Bioengineering is a relatively new field built on the recognition that engineering of biological systems or systems that interface with living systems requires a multidisciplinary approach that takes into account the mechanical, electrical, chemical, and materials properties of the biological system. Students with backgrounds from biochemistry to computer science and many fields in between are attracted to bioengineering as a field with the potential to make a great impact on human health.
The MS and PhD programs are designed to integrate students with very different backgrounds and provide them with the course work and research experience that will take advantage of their unique backgrounds and, where appropriate, fill in gaps in their backgrounds to help them grow into a more broadly informed student.
Recognizing the breadth of disciplines that contribute to bioengineering projects, the MS program allows students to choose one of four concentrations (bioimaging and signal processing, cell and tissue engineering, biomechanics, or biomedical devices) to develop deep expertise in an area of particular interest and encourages individual research through a one-semester master’s project or two-semester master’s thesis.
The PhD program spans four core research areas for which the department has particular strengths: imaging, instrumentation and signal processing; biomechanics, biotransport, and mechanobiology; molecular, cell, and tissue engineering; and computational and systems biology. Course work is designed to strengthen student backgrounds in those areas most relevant to the interests of each student.
The MS and PhD degree programs are only offered as full-time programs. Candidates pursuing an MS or PhD are able to select thesis topics from a diverse range of faculty research. New graduate students may learn about ongoing research topics from individual faculty members, faculty websites, and bioengineering seminars.