What is Biomedical Engineering
Message from the Department Head
Welcome to the Biomedical Engineering Department (BME) at the Florida Institute of Technology, and thank you for your interest in our program. Biomedical Engineering is an interdisciplinary field in high demand thanks to significant strides in research, medicine, and technology. Biomedical Engineering encompasses a wide spectrum of specialties; examples of research concentrations in our department are as follows:
- Biomagnetism and oxidative stress
- Vascular tissue engineering
- Ultrasound imaging and therapeutics
- Orthopedic biomechanics
- Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy
- Non-invasive imaging for early cancer detection
The BME program was introduced in 2008 as a M.S. specialization option in the Mechanical Engineering department, and expanded to Chemical and Electrical Engineering in 2009. Growing interest in the field led to the establishment of an undergraduate curriculum in 2012, and formal creation of the Department of Biomedical Engineering in 2013 offering B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees. The Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET) accredited the undergraduate program in 2016. This accreditation extends retroactively from October of 2014. Undergraduate students are encouraged to choose an area of emphasis during the latter half of their studies in Biomechanics, Biomedical Instrumentation-Imaging-Computational-Neural Engineering, or Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering. Students also have the option to follow a pre-med track of electives.
Upon completion of their undergraduate degree in Biomedical Engineering, our students may continue their studies in graduate school, enter a career in industry,
medical school, law school, or health-related graduate programs. With our low student to faculty ratio, our graduates leave FIT prepared for their next endeavor. Our faculty members are internationally renowned researchers. In addition to obtaining prestigious research grants from government agencies and corporations, they have published articles in well-respected journals, and written books. They have all made valuable contributions to the biomedical engineering field as well as to medicine and society.
In the approaching months, we anticipate further enhancements to our department to meet the demands of this growing field. I invite you to explore this unique and fulfilling field of study, which truly has an impact upon science, medicine and society. Please contact us if we may be of any assistance or if you would like more information.
Ted Conway, Ph.D. FAAAS,
Professor and Department Head
Biomedical Engineering Department