Chair's message

Biomedical engineering continues to make the future, not just respond to the present, by anticipating needs that interface engineering and clinical medicine. In many respects, biomedical engineering is the educational mode of the future, fostering collaborations among disciplines at its core by building on basic concepts in engineering and biology. We strive to educate where the needs, opportunities and jobs are and will be in the future. The bridge between engineering, biology and medicine is a growing link and there is no sign that this interface will slow.

With an aging population, dynamic changes in healthcare, global economies and related themes upon us, we are only at the very beginning of the impact that biomedical engineering will have on medicine and quality of life. Those of us in Biomedical Engineering are excited to play our role in setting this agenda. In part, this is why we have designed our BME major to cover both depth and breadth, always a challenge, but one that we are committed to. The depth of design and research experience, coursework, study abroad options, and internships all convene to establish a solid foundation for our students as they embark on their career paths.

To our alums, colleagues and friends, we welcome your feedback, participation and ideas to continue to help us move ahead in our educational and research programs. We wish to engage you to establish a strong network of support and opportunity for our students and colleagues and to keep open communication to integrate diverse and important perspectives, and help us map future directions for our program as we mature.

David Kaplan
Chair, Department of Biomedical Engineering
Stern Family Professor in Engineering