Department at a Glance

Nestled in the Wasatch mountain range 20 minutes from Salt Lake International Airport, the Department of Biomedical Engineering offers clinically immersive and industrially relevant training at the BS, MS, and Ph.D. levels. We are creating leaders in biomedical research, industry, education, and entrepreneurship.

Did You Know?


The Department was the 15th largest BME department nationally according to ASEE for 2017. And we are moving up. We have:

  • 7 Distinguished Professors;
  • 15 Members of AIMBE;
  • 2 Clemson Award Winners;
  • 2 Members of the National Academy of Engineering;
  • 1 Hallpike-Nylén Prize Winner; and
  • 38% of our faculty have started at least one company.

Outstanding Faculty

Last year, across all Biomedical Engineering Core Faculty:

  • Ave. number of peer-reviewed journal publications: 6
  • Ave. number of invited talks: 5
  • Ave. number of other professional conferences attended: 4
  • Ave. number of PhD students in lab: 4
  • Ave. number of undergrad projects supervised: 3
  • Ave. number of issued patents: 1

Department Research Expenditures

Average $15.8 million per year over the last 5 years, placing us 17th among all BME departments according to ASEE for the period 2012-2017.

Exceptional Scholarship

The median Google Scholar h-index per tenure-track faculty was 34 during the spring of 2014, 7th among all BME departments, tied with John’s Hopkins (34); behind number 1 California Institute of Technology (49), Harvard (40), MIT (39), UCSD (38), Duke (38) and the University of Washington (35), (in order 1-6th).

Research Strengths

  • Biomaterials, Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine;
  • Biomedical Device Design and Development;
  • Biomechanics;
  • Biomedical Imaging, Computing, Modeling, and Visualization;
  • Biosensors and Molecular Engineering;
  • Cardiovascular Engineering;
  • Neural Engineering and Neuroprosthetics; and
  • Pharmaceutics and Targeted Drug Delivery.

Degree Programs

  • BS in Biomedical Engineering
  • MS in Biomedical Engineering (both thesis and course options available)
  • Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering; and
  • MS/MBA and MD/Ph.D. dual degrees

Current Enrollment

  • 164 Graduate Students (75% Ph.D. candidates); and
  • 289 Undergraduates with BME major status, 318 Pre-majors

Degrees awarded (2017):

  • 64 BS;
  • 42 MS; and
  • 8 PhDs.

Students

Student ranking out of high school: Top 5%

Undergraduate BME GPA at Graduation: 3.7

 

Student Placement

Undergraduate
  • 33% Industry
  • 36% Graduate School
  • 22% Medical-Dental School
  • 5% Other Professional School; and
  • 5% Other
Graduate
  • 49% Industry
  • 24% Academics
  • 19% Medicine; and
  • 9% Entrepreneur