Biomedical Engineering

The Profession

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Who They Are

Biomedical Engineers focus on applying engineering knowledge and techniques to solve biological and medical problems. They have created such devices as pacemakers, artificial skin, artificial organs, and automated insulin injectors.

What They Do

They design and build new devices, instruments and techniques to treat people suffering from injuries or diseases. They also design and adapt computer software for medical uses such as laser systems for eye surgery and computer-based systems for diagnosing diseases.

Where They Work

They often work in a lab setting. Biomedical engineers provide a vital link between advancing technology and health care treatment. They often work with a multidisciplinary team of surgeons, nurses, occupational therapists and medical specialists where they may be involved in clinical trials or demonstrating medical devices and equipment.


The number of biomedical engineer positions is increasing nationally. In the next ten years, this number is expected to increase by 4%. Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics


Several career paths are available to biomedical engineers. Those interested in work in industry will often pursue a Master's degree in addition to a B. S. in biomedical engineering or related engineering discipline, such as chemical or electrical engineering. Students interested in advanced research in industry or academic settings will pursue a doctorate degree. Students interested in clinical applications and treating patients may pursue combined degrees, such as the M.D./Ph.D. Specialties in the area include biomaterials, medical imaging, bioinstrumentation, biomechanics, clinical engineering, cellular, tissue and genetic engineering etc.

The U of M offers both an undergraduate and graduate program in biomedical engineering, based out of the College of Science and Engineering.

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