Changing lives: First-year engineers design cart for dog without front legs
This holiday season, Louie the dog is getting a gift anyone might envy—a new set of wheels.
Stimulating progress: Injectable electrode could simplify neuromodulation
By electrically stimulating nerves, neuromodulation therapies can reduce epileptic seizures, treat depression and a host of other health conditions, and soothe chronic pain—all without the use of conventional drugs like opioids. Now, University of Wisconsin-Madison biomedical engineers and their collaborators have made a significant breakthrough that could dramatically reduce the cost of neuromodulation therapy, increase its reliability and make it much less invasive.
Rogers eyes imaging improvements for studying cells
Assistant Professor Jeremy Rogers was awarded the National Science Foundation CAREER Award to develop an optical instrument capable of monitoring retinal pigment epithelial (RPE) cells.
McClean building new tools for targeting fungal infections
With a grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Assistant Professor Megan McClean is developing tools that could help researchers better target fungal infections with drugs.
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.