Breaking bones and barriers: Program introduces young women to engineering, orthopedics
Biomedical engineering PhD student, Christa Wille, and mechanical engineering postdoctoral fellow, Ana Ebrahimi, led efforts to bring The Perry Initiative’s outreach programs to Madison.
Ambitious Abolarin has designs on biotech career
Alli Abolarin’s final semester at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has delivered a valuable lesson, though not through an influential professor, course or project.
Historic endowed chair takes BME student experience to new levels
In partnership with the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, where he serves on the Board of Trustees and chaired the Board from 2014-18, Peter Tong is endowing the Department of Biomedical Engineering’s chair position with a $3 million contribution, the largest gift in the department’s history.
About Our Department
Our degree programs respond to the need for educating engineers to lead the biotechnology revolution of the 21st-century. Biomedical engineers are essential for pushing forward the frontiers of science and technology, and for developing new tools and techniques to solve some of our most fundamental medical problems. We do not aim to graduate engineers who simply can understand and work with biological scientists. Rather, we educate engineers who are able to design biological hypotheses that require novel engineering solutions.
Consequently, our undergraduate program enables students to acquire technical depth in engineering, in addition to breadth in the biological sciences. Our graduate program is tailored to individual students’ interests, offering specializations in biomaterials, biomechanics, bioinstrumentation and BioMEMS, biomedical imaging, systems biology, cellular-scale bioengineering, and neuroengineering.
Biomedical Engineering is the application of engineering tools to solve problems in biology and medicine. It is an interdisciplinary engineering discipline practiced by professionals trained as engineers, who often work in teams including engineers, physicians, biologists, nurses and therapists. Biomedical engineers assert their expertise in designing new medical instruments and devices, applying engineering principles to understanding and repairing the human body, and for medical decision-making. Fields of study in biomedical engineering include bioinstrumentation and medical devices, biomedical imaging and optics, biomechanics, or biomaterials, cell and tissue engineering.
Graduate students in biomedical engineering often wish to practice engineering or engage in research in an engineering specialization in medicine and biology. Our biomedical engineering faculty and affiliated faculty come from the various colleges and professional schools throughout the university. They specialize in biomedical engineering areas as diverse as biomechanics, bioinstrumentation, biomedical imaging and biophotonics, micro and nano technology, systems biology, biomaterials, cellular engineering, tissue engineering, neuroengineering, and rehabilitation and human performance.