Improving Lives through Enhancing Health Care
Biomedical engineering—rated as the best job in health care in 2014 by Forbes and the best job in America in 2012 by CNN Money—is at the intersection of engineering, biology, and a desire to help others through preserving and restoring health. The discipline seeks to enhance the many facets of health care, including developing methods for repairing and replacing damaged or diseased organs, measuring the internal structures of the human body in health and in disease, developing new diagnostic tools, and applying technology in other ways to make our lives healthier and safer.
Biomedical engineers specialize in understanding living systems and predicting the body’s interactions with external materials or devices—minimizing the risk of adverse effects. These professionals draw upon numerous engineering disciplines to solve complex problems on the front lines of biology, medicine, and research and development:
- Designing prostheses or artificial organs
- Engineering cells to regenerate diseased or injured tissue
- Developing new materials, such as stents, for implantation in the body
- Conducting clinical trials of new medical devices
- Combating disease with research
- Building customized devices for unique health care or research needs
- Collaborating with researchers and other health care professionals on medical solutions
- Designing ergonomic equipment and workplaces
Unparalleled Undergraduate Opportunities
Prepare for Medical School
The curriculum offers excellent preparation for medical school, other health professional programs, and graduate school. Approximately 30 percent of our graduates enroll in a graduate degree program, half of which go on to earn an advanced medical, dental, or veterinary degree.
The University’s Early Assurance Program provides early admission to medical school for qualified students, especially those wishing to practice in underserved areas; program partners include Michigan State University College of Human Health, and Wayne State University School of Medicine.
Undergraduate Research Opportunities
Undergraduate research opportunities are plentiful. On average, six students work alongside each faculty member, researching biomaterials and tissue engineering; biomechanics; or instrumentation/physiological measurements.
Get ready to contribute on the job from day one. Our students benefit from hands-on experiences ranging from to Senior Design to internships/co-ops. Gain real-world experience in the medical device industry, a medical research lab, or a hospital.
Enhance Your Degree with an Emphasis Area
Enhance your degree with an emphasis in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, materials science and engineering, or biotechnology.
Personal Attention from Faculty
Faculty and staff focus on giving students the personal attention and support necessary not only for academic success, but also for an overall positive undergraduate experience. Small class sizes allow for more student-instructor interaction.
Opportunities for intercultural exchange abound at Michigan Tech. The Study Abroad Program sends students to countries around the world for stints ranging from two weeks to one year. D80 allows students to apply their engineering skills to the problems facing economically disadvantaged communities.
Examples of Positions Held by Biomedical Engineers
Diversify your career opportunities. A bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering will get you started on the path to a lively career in industry, medicine, or academia, with faculty mentors available to guide you every step of the way. Students interested in a career in research, medicine, or academia should explore graduate education options.
Jobs held by our graduates include the following:
- Research biochemical engineer
- Product developer
- Product analysis engineer
- Bioenvironmental engineer
- R & D engineer
- Tissue processing technologist
- Clinical research specialist
- Rehabilitation engineer
- Design engineer