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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.

Outstanding Faculty

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.

Exceptional Scholarship

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).

Research Strengths

  • Biomaterials, Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine;
  • Biomedical Device Design and Development;
  • Biomechanics;
  • Biomedical Imaging, Computing, Modeling and Visualization;
  • Biosensors and Molecular Engineering;
  • Cardiovascular Engineering;
  • Neural Engineering and Neuroprosthetics; and
  • Pharmaceutics and Targeted Drug Delivery.

Degree Programs

  • BS in Biomedical Engineering
  • MS in Bioengineering (both thesis and course options available)
  • PhD in Bioengineering; and
  • MS/MBA and MD/PhD dual degrees

Current Enrollment

  • 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.

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.

Students

Student ranking out of high school: Top 5%
Undergraduate BME GPA at Graduation: 3.53

Student Placement

Undergraduate
  • 33% Industry
  • 36% Graduate School
  • 22% Medical-Dental School
  • 5% Other Professional School; and
  • 5% Other
Graduate
  • 49% Industry
  • 24% Academics
  • 19% Medicine; and
  • 9% Entrepreneur

Students rank the Department number 2 in the nation. Full Article