Carnegie Mellon Engineering

Strategic Initiatives: Biomedical Engineering

Biomedical engineering is a young, evolving discipline, one in which the boundaries between engineering, basic sciences, and medicine often blur. While biomedical engineering as a research and graduate program has had a presence at CMU for four decades, the Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME) was officially established in 2002.

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Biomedical Engineering Research

Biomedical engineering is a broad discipline with latitude to veer into many directions. At Carnegie Mellon, the BME department itself is small while BME-relevant research spreads across the campus. CMU's collaborative culture makes it easy for biomedical engineering faculty members to collaborate with colleagues in different departments and colleges throughout the university.

For example, College of Engineering researchers working on cardiovascular devices have ready access to teams working on biocompatible materials, tissue engineering, biomedical imaging or computational modeling. In many other universities, these interactions are uncommon or require higher activation energy. At CMU, small, expert teams, unfettered by bureaucratic barriers, dynamically assemble into successful research forces for complex problems.

The college's Department of Biomedical Engineering is young, but already it is globally recognized for its development and use of computational tools, especially in biomedical imaging.

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Biomedical engineers advance the understanding of living systems and the quality of human health. They do this by integrating powerful technologies derived from traditional scientific and engineering disciplines with the knowledge of biology, physiology, and clinical medicine.

Biomedical engineering education at Carnegie Mellon reflects the belief that a top biomedical engineer must be trained in both a traditional engineering practice and biomedical sciences to effectively apply techniques of science, mathematics, and technology to medical and biological problems.

Although Carnegie Mellon does not have a medical school, it leverages extensive collaborations with researchers and physicians in the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, the Western Pennsylvania/Allegheny General Hospital System, and the Children's Hospital system in Pittsburgh. This collaborative approach both within and outside of Carnegie Mellon, combined with a rigorous engineering education, confers a distinct advantage to graduates of the Department of Biomedical Engineering and allows them to shape the future of biomedical engineering in industrial, clinical and academic settings.

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The Department of Biomedical Engineering hosts the annual Bioimage and Biosignal Processing Day. The goal of the event is to bring together faculty and researchers from the Pittsburgh area to hear about processing images and signals to solve biological and medical problems. The schedule covers a variety of topics and features a plenary speaker. BME also hosts an ongoing seminar series. 

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Investing in Biomedical Engineering Research and Education

The College of Engineering's success is due in part to its collaborative culture. We work across engineering disciplines to tackle complex technical problems and drive innovation. To ensure that the college remains one of the world's top engineering schools, the university has committed to building a new biomedical engineering, energy, and nanotechnology facility to provide the necessary infrastructure for new discoveries and unparalleled educational opportunities.

Representing a new focal point for the college, the 100,000-square-foot building will house a state-of-the-art nanofabrication facility, the Department of Biomedical Engineering, and a new energy institute. An estimated 200 faculty members and students will be based in the building, whose design and location will foster collaboration.

Learn more about the new building and how to support it: