Biomedical Engineering

Office: 818 W. Hancock; 313-577-1344
Chairperson: Cynthia Bir

Biomedical engineering (BME) is one of the fastest growing disciplines in engineering. This field has developed from the knowledge that engineering principles can be applied to better understand how the human body functions as well as the effect that outside forces have on it, whether they be diagnostic or traumatic. A biomedical engineer brings together traditional engineering principles 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 increase, 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 to reduce the cost of medical care to society.

Wayne State has a long history with respect to biomedical engineering research. In 1939, faculty from the College of Engineering and School of Medicine began collaborating to investigate the mechanisms of injuries to the human body, and educational programs in the area of biomedical engineering have existed at Wayne State since the 1950s. 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, interdisciplinary between 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 has established a new undergraduate program that accepted its first students for the Fall 2010 semester.