|Biomedical Engineering Program|
Robert G. Radwin (Chair)
2128 Engineering Centers Building
1550 Engineering Drive
Madison, WI 53706
Professor Ray Vanderby, Jr. uses biomechanical testing equipment to evaluate an orthopedic fixation system for stabilizing lumbar vertebrae. Vertebral bodies are being loaded to simulate spinal flexion, compression and torsion, |
In response to student demand, the college has reintroduced the Biomedical Engineering (BME) Master of Science Degree Program, combining fundamentals of biomedical science with advanced methods of engineering. The program began enrolling students in spring 1997. Students learn to design new medical instruments and devices; apply engineering principles for understanding and repairing the human body and other biological systems; and use engineering tools for decision making and cost containment. New BS and PhD degrees in BME are now being planned.
The BME program is truly interdisciplinary, drawing on expertise from the Departments of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Industrial and Systems Engineering, Engineering Physics, and Mechanical Engineering, as well as the Medical School, School of Nursing, College of Letters and Science, School of Pharmacy and School of Education.
BME students set an individualized course of study. Specific course selection is flexible and draws upon a variety of courses available within the college. Additionally, there are numerous courses open to BME graduate students through the Medical School and other UW-Madison schools and colleges. BME-related researcher centers--such as the Biomedical Engineering Center, the Center for Health Systems Research and Analysis, and the Trace Research and Development Center--also provide students with numerous opportunities.
Biomedical engineers are employed in industry, education, hospitals,
research facilities and government agencies. Often, they serve a
coordinating or interfacing function, drawing on their background in
both fields. For example, in industry they may create designs where an
in-depth understanding of living systems and technology is
essential. Or they may be involved in performance testing of a new or
proposed product. Government positions often involve product testing
and safety, as well as establishing safety standards for devices. They
may also build customized devices for special health care or research
needs. At research institutions, biomedical engineers supervise labs
and equipment and participate in or direct research activities in
collaboration with other researchers with such backgrounds as
medicine, physiology and nursing.
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1997 Annual Report Contents