Department at a Glance
Nestled in the Wasatch mountain range 20 minutes from Salt Lake International Airport,
the Department of Bioengineering offers clinically immersive and industrially
relevant training at the BS, MS and PhD levels. We are creating leaders in biomedical
research, industry, education and entrepreneurship.
Did You Know?
The Department was the 11th largest BME department nationally
according to ASEE for 2014. And we are moving up. We have:
- 7 Distinguished Professors;
- 16 Members of AIMBE;
- 4 Clemson Award Winners;
- 3 Members of the National Academy of Engineering;
- 1 Hallpike-Nylén Prize Winner;
- 1 Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator;
- 1 Lasker Award winner;
- 1 Russ Prize winner (National Academy of Engineering); and
- 38% of our faculty have started at least one company.
Last year, across all Bioengineering Core Faculty:
- Ave. number of peer reviewed journal publications: 6
- Ave. number of invited talks: 5
- Ave. number of other professional conferences attended: 4
- Ave. number of PhD students in lab: 4
- Ave. number of undergrad projects supervised: 3
- Ave. number of issued patents: 1
Department Research Expenditures
Average $17.0 million per year over the last 5 years, placing us 15th among
all BME departments according to ASEE for the period 2009-2014.
The median Google Scholar h-index per tenure track faculty was 34 during the spring of 2014,
7th among all BME departments, tied with John’s Hopkins (34); behind number 1 California
Institute of Technology (49), Harvard (40), MIT (39), UCSD (38), Duke (38) and the
University of Washington (35), (in order 1-6th).
- Biomaterials, Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine;
- Biomedical Device Design and Development;
- Biomedical Imaging, Computing, Modeling and Visualization;
- Biosensors and Molecular Engineering;
- Cardiovascular Engineering;
- Neural Engineering and Neuroprosthetics; and
- Pharmaceutics and Targeted Drug Delivery.
- BS in Biomedical Engineering
- MS in Bioengineering (both thesis and course options available)
- PhD in Bioengineering; and
- MS/MBA and MD/PhD dual degrees
- 151 Graduate Students (79% PhD candidates); and
- 238 Undergraduates with BME major status, 319 Pre-majors
Degrees awarded (2015):
- 53 BS;
- 15 MS; and
- 17 PhDs.
The average annual number of PhDs we awarded was 15 over
the last 6 years, 17th among all BME departments according
to ASEE 2009-2014.
High Impact Research
Prof. Richard Normann describes the UEA, which was designed for a
variety of clinical applications and is used to study parallel
processing by the central and the peripheral nervous system.
Prof. Normann describes the Utah Electrode Array
Mark El Khoury and Jennifer Bauer share their expectations, experiences,
and observations about a Bioengineering degree and their experiences in the department.
Student's View of Bioen at the U
Student ranking out of high school: Top 5%
Undergraduate BME GPA at Graduation: 3.53
- 33% Industry
- 36% Graduate School
- 22% Medical-Dental School
- 5% Other Professional School; and
- 5% Other
- 49% Industry
- 24% Academics
- 19% Medicine; and
- 9% Entrepreneur
Students rank the Department number
2 in the nation.