Pediatric physicians tap biomedical engineering students to design lumbar puncture model
Performing a spinal tap requires precision, particularly when the patient is a newborn. A team of BME students is working with doctors from the department of pediatrics to design a training simulator for the procedure under ultrasound guidance.
Freshman designs restore mobility to a rooster with one foot and a client with MD
Every semester, the Inter Engr 170 freshman design course gives first-year University of Wisconsin-Madison engineers a chance to get valuable hands-on experience working on practical projects with real clients.
Stem cell-derived facial cartilage cells show promise for joint repair
In a new study published in Science Advances Associate Professor Wan-Ju Li, along with collaborators in chemical and biological engineering, are finding ways to regenerate lost cartilage and help ease achy joints.
New technology tracks role of macrophages in cancer spread
BME alum, Tiffany Heaster, Professor Melissa Skala and their colleagues harnessed new technology to reveal the role of macrophages in cancer spread.
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.