Department Profile

Thank you for visiting the website of the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Michigan Technological University. Please peruse our website, and learn about our exciting research programs and innovative educational offerings. Find out what biomedical engineering is all about. Most importantly, feel free to contact us, or better yet, come for a campus visit.

Improve Health, Save Lives

If you are interested in engineering lifesaving solutions and developing technologies that directly impact people’s health and quality of life, biomedical engineering is the field for you. Biomedical engineers combine engineering approaches and principles with a rigorous knowledge of the biological and health sciences, working toward the embracive goal of improving human health. It’s a highly challenging—and rewarding—profession. Students of biomedical engineering need to be skilled engineers, yet fluent in the sciences and savvy about modern health care practices. There’s a lot of material to learn, but I think our graduates would agree that biomedical engineering is a worthwhile calling.

Biomedical engineering is one of the fastest growing fields of engineering today. Career prospects are better than ever—in fact, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that the employment of biomedical engineers will grow much faster than the average for all occupations over the next decade.

Find Your Niche

As long as you are committed to advancing human health care, we will help you find a comfortable and rewarding place in biomedical engineering.

  • Are you interested in mechanics, but find you are driven to a pathway that leads to a health-related R & D career? Biomedical engineers study biomechanics and design new mechanical implants to repair damaged bones and soft tissues.
  • Does materials science intrigue you? Biomedical engineers create new materials that are specifically designed for use internally and externally by the human body.
  • Have you dreamed of designing new electronic medical devices, imaging tools, and diagnostic tools? How about designing and growing new biological tissues that can be implanted into the human body to repair or replace damaged tissues? The field of biomedical engineering is full of possibility.

Biomedical Engineering at Michigan Tech

The department offers degrees at all levels, including a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering, a Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering, and a PhD in Biomedical Engineering. We have a new accelerated MS program that allows qualified Michigan Tech biomedical engineering students to earn their master’s degree with just a single year of study beyond their bachelor’s degree.

Department Quick Facts

  • ABET-accredited Bachelor of Science degree program
  • Coursework and thesis-based Master of Science degrees
  • Accelerated Master of Science degree option
  • Research-intensive PhD degree program
  • Approximately 275 undergraduate students
  • Better than 40 percent female enrollment
  • In 2010, tied for 20th largest undergraduate biomedical engineering program in the nation (out of more than 100), based on degrees granted
  • A myriad of opportunities for undergraduates to be involved in cutting-edge research
  • Research-active faculty who take a real interest in providing the best education possible and getting to know students

Once again, thank you for visiting our website, and we hope to see you again soon.

Sean J. Kirkpatrick, PhD
Chair