Biomedical Engineering

Magnetic Resonance Imaging machine

Biomedical engineering is a broad field, and one area is the application of ECE technology to the field of medicine. This includes equipment like medical imaging, heart pacemakers, artificial limbs, ultrasound, CAT scans as well as areas like neural engineering (the study of the human brain and cognitive devices for sensing and making decisions in the brain.) There are a variety of careers, most requiring graduate studies.

One example is clinical engineers. Clinical engineers require a two-year graduate program plus hospital residency where the students do a project, such as designing equipment related to the hospital’s functions.

Rehab engineers design body parts for patients who have been born without them, or lost them due to accident or disease. Tissue engineers work on replacing or repairing body tissue such as spinal cords or skin.

Possible employers include hospitals and large and small companies that design specific equipment for the health industry. Find out more about the bioengineering minor.