The College of Engineering -- University of Wisconsin-MadisonAnnual Report 1998

Robert G. Radwin (Chair)
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Madison, WI 53706
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Meeting the needs of students

In response to student demand, the college has reintroduced the Master of Science Degree Program and is starting a BS and PhD Program in Biomedical Engineering (BME). A recent $1 million award from the Whitaker Foundation will enable the university to hire two new faculty members, attract top graduate students with fellowships, equip a new biomedical engineering teaching laboratory, and stimulate new research.

BME combines fundamentals of biomedical science with advanced methods of engineering. 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. 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.

Individualized coursework encouraged

BME course selection is flexible and draws upon a variety of courses available within the college, the Medical School and other UW-Madison schools and colleges. BME-related research 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.

Employment 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 requiring an in-depth understanding of living systems and technology. Or they may conduct performance testing of a new product. Government positions often involve product testing and safety, as well as establishing safety standards for devices. They may also build devices for special health care or research needs. At research institutions, biomedical engineers supervise labs and participate in or direct research activities in collaboration with other researchers with such backgrounds as medicine, physiology and nursing.

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