The goal of biomedical engineers is to improve human health through advances in healthcare and medicine. This includes advancing our understanding of prevention, diagnosis and treatment of human injury, disease and the health complications associated with physiologic and sociologic factors such as aging, environment and diet. In this regard, we are living in an exciting time. In the last two decades or so we have witnessed, among numerous achievements, the decoding of the entire human genome, the birth of proteomic methods, the maturation of computerized tomography, dramatic advances in imaging and sensing technologies, the culture of stem cells, and advances in biomaterials that may eventually enable us to engineer tissues and even organs. Altogether, these achievements have dramatically augmented our potential for improving health care. However, addressing how to use these basic science research advances for improved health care represents a major challenge for biomedical engineers of the coming generation.
Chronic illness is now a dominant issue in health care, consuming vast sums of healthcare dollars, personnel and facilities usage. This situation will only be exacerbated over the coming decades with the aging of the population. As a result, improvements in our ability to prevent, diagnose, and treat chronic illness, and to do so at reasonable cost, has become a focus of the national healthcare agenda. Accordingly, the goal of the biomedical engineering program at Binghamton University is to prepare graduate engineers to face not only these new 21st century challenges, but also to advance new technologies for better healthcare.
The program provides the student with access to considerable resources, including:
Students enrolled in the program also have the opportunity to collaborate with clinicians practicing at nearby medical centers, including Binghamton General Hospital, Wilson Hospital, the Upstate Medical Center, the Bassett Healthcare Center, and the Guthrie Health Center.
The biomedical engineering program offers both master's and doctoral degrees. The scope of each degree is similar, but the depth of study differs. Typically a master's degree is completed in 1 ½ to 2 years. Students complete the core curriculum and electives, and undertake a research project. Doctoral students also complement the core coursework with electives but at the 600 level and conduct in-depth research where they demonstrate a contribution to the advancement of knowledge in their field of study. Doctoral students are also expected to demonstrate an understanding of the development of technologies for the healthcare industry. Thus, in addition to being prepared for academic or industry careers related to medical technology, they will have the background needed to pursue an entrepreneurial role in the healthcare field. To this end, incubator space and technology transfer support are available to students interested in pursuing new ventures.
Last Updated: 10/18/12