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What is Biomedical Engineering?

Biomedical engineering is one of the fastest growing disciplines in engineering. The field has developed from the knowledge that engineering principals can be applied to better understand how the body works as well as the effect that outside forces have on the body, whether they be diagnostic or traumatic.

Biomedical Engineering Programs at Wayne State

Building on a research history that dates from 1939, educational programs in the area of biomedical engineering have existed unofficially at Wayne State since the 1950's. They have developed from a few courses taken within traditional engineering departments to the graduate degree program in Biomedical Engineering, introduced in 1998. The Department of Biomedical Engineering, positioned across the boundaries of the College of Engineering and the School of Medicine, was established in 2002.

Drawing upon the strengths of the biomedical engineering graduate program, the Department established a new undergraduate program that  accepted its first student for the Fall 2010 semester.

An individual trained in biomedical engineering is not merely an engineer who has not taken a few courses in biology; nor is he/she a physiologist with some training in physics. A biomedical engineer brings together traditional engineering principals with the life sciences in a completely integrated fashion. The result is an engineer who views the human body as a complex system, its diseases and injuries as breakdowns in that system, and medical interventions as design alternatives for the repair of the system. As the population ages and medical costs skyrocket, biomedical engineers are required both to understand the mechanistic causes of injury and disease and to design and implement interventions to prevent and mitigate the suffering of individuals and reduce the cost of medical care to society.