Play an integral role in today’s health care technology field—designing the equipment, programs and services that improve people’s health and help them live longer and happier lives.
Biomedical engineers are vital to improving the health care system both here and abroad. They work in private and public arenas developing cutting-edge tools and technologies to help improve peoples’ lives. It’s the perfect field for someone who wants to have a direct impact by helping people, but who may not want to pursue a medical degree.
Students in MSOE’s BE program are exposed to the six major BE areas (see below), allowing them to postpone selecting a specific career path until their senior year. Students also participate in an extended capstone design experience that simulates industry practice. They take business and science courses to learn how these two fields interact.
Six BE areas covered in MSOE’s program:
- Biomechanics and rehabilitation engineering
- Electronic medical instrumentation and bio-signal processing
- Medical imaging
- Medical instrumentation
- Systems physiology, modeling and artificial internal organs
Biomedical engineering is one of the fastest growing engineering fields. BEs are instrumental in improving the quality and reducing the cost of health care, both of which are highly important to our society. BE students leave MSOE prepared to enter the workforce or attend graduate school. Those who also minor in chemistry satisfy the course requirements for entrance into many medical schools and are reasonably well prepared to sit for the M.C.A.T.
The placement rate for MSOE biomedical engineering graduates was 92% in 2011-12, and graduates enjoyed an average starting salary of $54,850.
BE graduates started great careers with companies such as:
- American Express
- Bayer Healthcare
- GE Medical
- Epic Systems
Biomedical engineers use engineering principles and methods to create products and services to improve peoples’ lives. Cardiac pacemakers, CT scanners and artificial hips are the products of biomedical engineering.
Although they are trained in engineering and biology, BEs might design computer software to run complicated instruments like three-dimensional x-ray machines. Alternatively, they may use their knowledge of chemistry and biology to develop new drug therapies while others draw heavily on mathematics and statistics. Many biomedical engineers start their own businesses developing new services or consulting with industry or research centers, while others work for the government developing and ensuring proper regulation of medical equipment.
The MSOE advantage
The biomedical engineering program at MSOE distinguishes itself through:
- A well-rounded biomedical engineering curriculum covering all the specialty areas of biomedical engineering.
- A faculty that places a priority on teaching lectures and laboratories, and mobilizes students to succeed.
- Extensive laboratory implementation of the theoretical principles taught in lecture.
- A strong focus on engineering design, encompassing all four years of study at MSOE.
- Extensive and intensive teamwork on projects.
- Extensive access to faculty, equipment, facilities and industry contacts.
- A solid foundation of fundamentals in engineering and life sciences that build a foundation for biomedical engineering course work.
- The quarter system instead of the semester system, which allows for more unique courses not possible in other programs.
You may want to consider BE if you …
- Enjoy biology, anatomy, physiology and chemistry as much as math and physics
- Want to help people by advancing health care technology
- Prefer activities involving equipment and processes rather than direct patient care
- Are excited by the idea of creating new and improved medical devices
Curriculum Year by Year
Be introduced to biomedical engineering and gain a solid foundation in biology, chemistry, mathematics and physics your freshman year.
Continue to take specialized science and mathematics courses, start taking basic engineering courses, learn about entrepreneurship and some fundamental computer programming skills that you’ll use in later classes. You’ll also begin working on your senior design project at the end of your sophomore year.
Learn about the specialty areas within biomedical engineering, including transport phenomena, biomaterials, biomechanics, electronics and biomedical instrumentation. You’ll also present the intermediate results of your design work in your junior progress and feasibility presentations.
Complete your upper level biomedical engineering topics such as medical imaging, control theory and digital signal processing. You’ll put what you’ve learned to work as you complete your capstone project by applying quantitative analysis and systematic synthesis to develop a prototype product for a real-world application.
Dr. Charles Tritt