Informational Webinar

These webinars are for students interested in Biomedical Engineering and will provide both a program overview as well as time to answer questions.

What is Biomedical Engineering?

Biomedical engineering seeks to better human health by designing engineered systems that can interface with biomedical systems or by controlling the biomedical systems themselves. Biomedical engineers leverage their deep understanding of fundamental scientific disciplines including physics, chemistry and biology as well as a broad understanding of different traditional engineering disciplines such as chemical, electrical and mechanical engineering. Broad areas of biomedical engineering include medical molecules and materials, biomedical mechanics and manufacturing and biomedical instrumentation that allow for engineering of cells and tissues, delivery of drugs and vaccines, or devices that can detect or alleviate disease, regenerate tissue or assist after injury.

Practicing biomedical engineers work in research, uncovering fundamental properties of either biomedical systems or the engineered systems with which they interface. They work as product engineers, bringing innovative technology to bear in a usable product that can pass approval processes by the relevant regulatory organizations or process engineers, developing manufacturing approaches that can produce products economically, safely and under the proper conditions to ensure their use in the human body. Finally, biomedical engineers work in technical sales, intellectual property or governmental regulation.

Why Iowa State?

Biomedical engineering at Iowa State University has faculty expertise from several departments, including chemical and biological engineering, mechanical engineering, materials science and engineering, and electrical and computer engineering.

This interdepartmental approach presents opportunities for students in a wide range of fields and technologies as well as three focus areas to choose from – medical molecules and materials, biomedical mechanics and manufacturing, and biomedical instrumentation.

Cyclone Engineer Jillian Dunn combined her engineering skills, love of sports, and passion for helping others in an internship with Amputee Blade Runners, developing prosthetics for amputee athletes. She’s now working on a graduate degree in prosthetics-orthotics.

BME Student Success

A Biomedical Engineer In The Making

Do you want to engineer tomorrow’s healthcare technologies? Create new biosensors and medical devices? Come up with better ways to diagnose and treat disease? Work on software and systems that improve healthcare? In Iowa State’s biomedical engineering major, you’ll get hands-on experience in using engineering to solve challenging medical problems – all to help keep your community healthier.