Changing lives, one scientific advancement at a time.
Biomedical engineers use technology and biological sciences to solve health problems
and advance healthcare. They do things like design joint replacement implants, develop
life-saving tools, and discover new ways to deliver drugs to fight disease.
Start solving health problems in Herff's biomed lab. Grow your own cells on a template
to see how you might heal different parts of the body. Right now, we're developing
a device that guides the treatment of septic shock better than ever before. Sound
unbelievable? It's not. Every day, Herff students bring new ideas to the table and
push the field of biomedical research further.
Biomedical engineers collaborate with scientists, other engineers, and practicing
physicians on projects such as orthopedic implants, artificial organs, cardiovascular
prostheses, and improved medical imaging techniques. We offer the only undergraduate
biomedical engineering degree within 200 miles of Memphis. Our graduate program is
a collaboration of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, the University
of Memphis and their partnering entities.
2021 BME Outstanding Senior
Pictured: Nancy Pont Briant and Dr. Joel Bumgardner
Congratulations, Nancy Pont Briant, on being named Outstanding Senior in the Department
of Biomedical Engineering!
While at Herff, Nancy was a top student and involved with the Biomedical Engineering
Society (BMES), the UofM Student Chapter of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE),
Tau Beta Pi engineering honor society and Alpha Eta Mu Beta (AEMB) biomedical engineering
honor society. Hear from Nancy below about why she chose to major in biomedical engineering
here at Herff, what were her toughest challenges as a biomedical engineering student,
what she was most proud of from her time here in the department, how BME prepared
her for her future goals and if she could go back in time, what would she tell herself
as a first year student?
"I chose to major in BME because I got involved in engineering back in middle school
with the Technology Student Association (TSA) club. Once I got to high school, I took
classes about the physiology of the body and then a clinical internship to shadow
various medical professionals. I saw BME as a perfect way to mesh both my love for
science and the medical field with my affinity for mathematics. I specifically chose
to come to the University of Memphis for biomedical engineering because when I was
visiting other universities, professors never stopped and talked to the tour group.
When I was on my tour of Herff, several professors stoped and talked to us about the
research taking place in their labs and they were very generous with their time. I
found this to be very unique.
My toughest challenge in BME at UofM was taking an upper divisional BME class my sophomore
year. I moved up taking Medical Physiology by a year because I had the room in my
schedule. In hindsight, I should have taken this class during the designated semester
because I was taking too many classes during that particular semester. Following the
BME track would have made my sophomore year a little less stressful.
I am most proud of my senior design project where my group successfully helped a three-year-old
patient with spina bifida sit independently. Throughout this project, there were various
problems relating to the design and construction of the device because our meetings
were practically all virtual because we were all socially distancing ourselves and
doing classes remotely due to COVID-19, but my group overcame all of these challenges.
Being able to see the impact biomedical engineers have on peoples' lives was amazing.
BME has prepared me for my future goals by giving me a great foundation to build and
learn upon. During my. BME coursework, I was taught how to problem solve, research,
persevere and work together with my teammates. I believe this was invaluable.
I would tell my freshman year self to start applying for internships early even though
I might not have been as qualified as other candidates, it would give me practice
at interviewing and networking. Also, it is completely possible for a company to decide
to hire a freshman/sophomore as an intern. While pursuing internships, also try to
get involved in undergraduate research. Undergraduate research added so much to my
undergraduate experience that I would not trade it for anything. Finally, I would
also tell my freshman year self to get involved in the clubs in the engineering department
that interest me, they are a great way to meet other classmates and older classmates