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Biomedical Specialization
During the last half century, the world has witnessed unprecedented progress in engineering and medical science resulting in dramatic lifestyle changes. Biomedical engineering is at the confluence of modern engineering and medicine. Biomedical engineers apply engineering methods to problems in medicine and the life sciences and have played a critical role in the rapid advances that have occurred in these fields.
Biomedical engineering is a complex and broad field, specializing in a subfield can offer more in-depth learning in a specific area. The biomedical program has four areas of tracks: medical instrumentation, biofluid/biotransport phenomena, biomedical materials/biomechanics, and tissue/cell engineering. These tracks offers students the opportunity for study and research in biomedical engineering leading to master degrees.
Biomedical engineers contribute to improved health care and enrich the quality of our lives. A biomedical engineer may work as a member of a research team, along with other health professionals, to find solutions to diverse medical problems. Biomedical engineers design new therapeutics and diagnostic instruments that permit treatment and visualization of internal organs. Biomedical engineers develop new materials and devices to supplant or augment diseased or malfunctioning tissues and organs. Biomedical engineers analyze human and prosthetic performance in clinical environments. Among the most visible examples of bioinstrumentation are the computer assisted tomography (CAT) and MRIs, kidney dialysis units, and pacemakers.
Biomedical engineers have secured challenging positions in a variety of related fields with responsibilities ranging from the practice of medicine or traditional engineering, to the design and manufacture of biomedical devices, to the administration of healthcare services and the management of hospital components, to the computer monitoring and simulation of medically related systems.
In recognition of the complexity of the biomedical engineering field, many employers expect entry-level graduates to possess skills and/or education beyond a Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree. Because of this, and to increase one’s options after earning their BS, biomedical specialization students are strongly encouraged to excel academically so they are qualified to pursue graduate or professional school.