MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR
n 2009, we celebrated our department’s 10th anniversary. Biomedical engineering was started by faculty and students with the foresight to recognize its importance and fit with UW-Madison’s collaborative culture, world class biomedical research, and outstanding College of Engineering. Today, the biomedical engineering department serves as a prototype of the future for all departments in engineering, and possibly for the entire university. We have one of the only undergraduate degree programs anywhere that offers continuous experiential learning, and we require real-world design projects for every BME student, every semester, throughout the entire curriculum.
Our graduate students study with world-class faculty in state-of-the-art facilities in collaboration with clinical and biosceinces researchers who engage them in discovering new solutions for detecting, diagnosing, treating and preventing disease. They team with clinicians and researchers in the School of Medicine and Public Health, the School of Pharmacy, and other colleges and schools at UW-Madison, to advance technological solutions for cancer, cardiovascular disease, degenerative neurological diseases, musculoskeletal disorders, and many other medical problems. Our entrepreneurial faculty and students lead the university in patent applications and several have founded startup companies.
I am delighted to report that our department continues to expand its research and teaching facilities, and significantly increase undergraduate and graduate student enrollment capacity. We are opening new teaching laboratories and introducing new courses in emerging areas that blend engineering with the life sciences and biotechnology.
We are also expanding our faculty. Recently, we welcomed Assistant Professor Christopher Brace, and Associate Professors Paul Campagnola and Sarah Gong. Professor Brace works in the areas of microwaves in medicine and biomedical imaging. Professor Campagnola joins us from the University of Connecticut and he is an authority in nonlinear optical microscopy instrumentation for applications in biomedical imaging. As part of the selected Wisconsin Institute for Discovery tissue engineering scaffold research theme, Professor Gong is interested in nanoparticulate drug delivery systems and biosensors.
Biomedical engineering contributes to the future of Wisconsin and the nation, by preparing more diverse and globally minded students, and solving some of the most challenging problems in biology and medicine, while accelerating the pace at which technology transfer creates economic growth. This epitomizes the Wisconsin Idea by promoting translational research and accelerating the advancement of new ideas from inception through the commercialization process to effectively deliver new technological innovations to patients.
Read about some of our achievements in this newsletter, and, view and share our 10th anniversary video at www.bme.wisc.edu.
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