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Biomedical Engineering

Administrative Unit:Biomedical Engineering
College/School: College of Engineering
Admitting Plans:M.S., Ph.D.
Degrees Offered:M.S., M.Engr., Ph.D.
Minors and Certificates:Ph.D. Minor

Faculty: Meyerand (chair), Ashton, Beebe, Block, Brace, Campagnola, Chesler, Gong, Kao, Keely, Kreeger, Li, Masters, Murphy, Ogle, Tompkins, Vanderby, Webster, Williams; Senior Lecturer Tyler. See also BME Faculty Directory.


Biomedical engineering is the application of engineering tools for solving problems in biology and medicine. It is an engineering discipline that is practiced by professionals trained primarily as engineers, who specialize in medical and biological applications. The area of study combines fundamentals of the biomedical sciences with advanced engineering methods of analysis and design, and brings together these two fields in order to contribute to the design of new medical instruments and devices, apply engineering principles for understanding and repairing the human body and other biological systems, and use engineering tools for decision making and cost containment.

The interdisciplinary degree program offers a course of graduate study leading to the master of science or the doctor of philosophy degrees in biomedical engineering. The Department of Biomedical Engineering should be of interest to students who wish to practice engineering or engage in research in an engineering specialization in medicine and biology. An individualized course of study is planned with a faculty advisor. Biomedical engineering faculty and affiliated faculty come from the various colleges and professional schools throughout the university. They specialize in biomedical engineering areas as diverse as bioinstrumentation, biomaterials, tissue engineering, biomechanics, imaging, and biophotonics. A list of biomedical engineering faculty, affiliated faculty, and their respective areas of specialization is available from the department web site.


To be admitted to the program, applicants normally are required to have an undergraduate degree in engineering (biomedical, chemical, electrical, industrial, mechanical, etc.) or physical science from an ABET-accredited program or its equivalent. Each application is judged on the basis of previous academic record, Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores for the general test, three letters of recommendation, and the statement of purpose. Students admitted to the program may be required to satisfy deficiency course requirements.

For more information: Professor Wally Block, Vice Chair, BME Graduate Program, Department of Biomedical Engineering, 1550 Engineering Drive #2130 ECB, Madison, WI 53706-1609; 608-263-4660; fax 608-265-9239; bme@engr.wisc.edu; www.bme.wisc.edu.