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Biomedical Engineering

College of Engineering


  • Students work on team projects to solve complex medical problems

  • Students work in the wet lab on senior design projects

  • Assistive technologies require mechanical assembly completed in our labs

  • A student creates her capstone device using the lab equipment

  • Rapid prototyping activities help students hone their design skills

What can you do with a Biomedical Engineering degree?

Biomedical Engineering (BME) is among the most versatile degrees you can earn to make a difference at the intersection of engineering and medicine.

  • Clinical research
  • Medical device or pharmaceutical industries
  • Government agencies such as the FDA or US Patent and Trademark Office
  • Advanced degrees in BME, medicine, management, or law

 

Why Choose Biomedical Engineering?

Biomedical engineers directly impact the health and well-being of people across the world. With knowledge of both engineering and biological principles, biomedical engineers are at the cutting edge of medical breakthroughs such as novel surgical technologies or individualized cancer treatments. By imagining and developing devices and procedures, biomedical engineers can change the face of medicine.

 

What Will You Study?

Our curriculum spans the field of biomedical engineering with courses such as:

  • Bioinstrumentation
  • Engineering Physiology
  • Biomechanics
  • Biomaterials

To apply knowledge learned in the classroom, you will complete four laboratory courses where you’ll hone your experimental skills.

Take Sequence Electives such as:

  • Prosthetic and Orthotic Devices
  • Advanced Biomaterials
  • Biomedical Micro and Nanodevices
  • Cell and Tissue Engineering
  • Medical Imaging
  • Drug Delivery

The curriculum is capped off by your two-semester Senior Design Project, supported by the entire BME faculty and external sponsors from the medical device industry.

You will also have the opportunity to study Global Health and Technology in a unique study abroad summer seminar in Guatemala.


We also offer programs to accelerate your studies to achieve your personal goals. These programs include:

Each of these accelerated programs allows you to finish both your Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering and one of the graduate programs a year earlier, saving you both time and money.

Program Educational Objectives and Student Outcomes

Educational Objectives

Graduates of the Western New England University Biomedical Engineering Program will, in their professional endeavors,

  • function as productive team members and leaders in a variety of environments including industrial, hospital/clinical, governmental, graduate or professional school; solving engineering problems, including those at the interface of medicine and engineering while continuing to uphold safety, sustainability and/or ethical concerns.
  • be actively engaged in life-long learning such as participating or leading relevant professional societies, continuing their education, or attending relevant workshops, meetings, or seminars.

Student Outcomes

The program has documented student outcomes that support the program educational objectives. Attainment of these outcomes prepares graduates to enter the professional practice of engineering. Student outcomes are listed below:

  1. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  2. an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
  3. an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  4. an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
  5. an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
  6. an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  7. an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

Enrollment and Degree Statistics

Enrollment
 
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
2020
2021
Full-time
36
57
74
86
91
92
114
108
97
107
105
108
102
Part-time
2
1
1
1
1
5
3
3
4
2
2
1
1

Bachelor's Degrees Awarded
Academic Year
2008-09
2009-10
2010-11
2011-12
2012-13
2013-14
2014-15
2015-16
2016-17
2017-18
2018-19
2019-20
2020-21
Degrees
6
7
7
8
11
18
17
20
27
27
23
21
23

Labs and Facilities

Sleith Hall, home to the Department of Biomedical Engineering, has recently completed a $12.8 million renovation and expansion. Constructed and renovated as part of the project, the Biomedical Engineering Labs include a Bioinstrumentation Lab, a Hospital Suite built to simulate a hospital room environment, and a Physiology Lab with capabilities to analyze mammalian cells and physiological systems. Our students use our laboratories for design projects, experiments, and study.

Biomedical Engineering Labs

BME Faculty

Nationally recognized for their teaching, research, and professional service, the Biomedical Engineering faculty will serve as mentors and advisors as well as your professors. With expertise spanning the biomedical engineering field, they will educate you, mentor you, and prepare you for career success. Small class sizes and research-driven projects lead a tight-knit BME community. You will develop strong partnerships with your professors and your BME classmates. 

Faculty

Accreditation

Program leading to BS in Biomedical Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org

Unique Learning Opportunities

  • First Year Program

    "Design, innovation and entrepreneurial thinking from day one" is the cornerstone of engineering education at Western New England University in back-to-back design courses built into your 1st year curriculum.

  • Senior Design Projects

    You will work directly with faculty and our clinical or industrial partners to design real medical devices. Apply FDA design controls to your design, mimic the regulatory processes and documentation workflow, and then, present in formal technical design reviews. Several projects have resulted in patents! 

    Senior Design Projects
  • Student Testimonials

    Our students have become Fulbright Scholars, president of their own startup company, and graduated from law degrees in patent law. Read why they think you should come become a WNEU BME graduate, too!

    In their Own Words