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What is Biomedical Engineering?

Biomedical Engineering is a broad field that focuses on improving health with the use of engineering principles. For example, designing new implants for those who suffer from hip fractures, developing tools sensing electrical signals to detect heart problems, discovering drugs to fight cancer and other illnesses are all possible job descriptions for BME graduates.

Where Do Biomedical Engineers Work?

Biomedical Engineers work in industry, in hospitals, and in research labs of government, academic, and industrial institutions. They may also become part of the regulatory function in government.

Our program has a strong record of job placement after graduation. Approximately 54% of our students are now working in industry and 27% have continued on to with a graduate degree programs. Read More ...

UofM offers accredited degrees at the Undergraduate and Graduate level in Biomedical Engineering

Our undergraduate program in BME provides graduates with unique skills and knowledge for a wide range of career options. Our program is the only BME program within 200 miles. Students are exposed to basic and BME-specific engineering courses such as Biology, Biomechanics, and Biomaterials. During the senior year, students work in teams and focus on their capstone design project. All senior projects are sponsored by local device companies or local clinical groups giving our students an immersive experience in device design relevant to the biomedical and clinical community.

Examples of recent Senior Projects

  • Spinestein's Extended T-handle System
  • BMR Racecar
  • Bone Spreader
  • Wheelchair Rain Shield
  • ATLANTIS VISIONĀ® Elite Anterior Cervical Plate

Our graduate program is a collaboration with the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC). We offer three graduate degrees in BME: MS degree with project, MS degree with thesis, and PhD with doctoral dissertation. Students can choose to work in the areas of Biosensors, Biomechanics, Bioelectricity, and Biomaterials.

During your time here in the BME Department at the UofM you can take advantage of ...

Honors Program offering high achieving students a chance to develop advanced skills and undergo more extensive professional development during the BS degree.

Accelerated BS/MS Program allows those students who are interested in advanced degrees to get started during their Junior year.

The Cooperative (Co-op) Education Program offers students a real-world engineering experience with a one-year internship during their undergraduate education.

International/Study Abroad Programs. Engineering is a global industry and profession in which engineers, scientists, and managers from diverse backgrounds and cultures must function in a dynamic international environment.

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The mission of the Department of Biomedical Engineering is:"To educate students in the Biomedical Engineering discipline so as to prepare them for immediate careers at the interface of life sciences and engineering and for advancement in their careers in industry, the professions and community"