The Bioengineering Department has served the region for more than 40 years. With research strengths in bioinstrumentation, biomaterials and tissue engineering, biomechanics, medical imaging, and nanomedicine/nanotechnology, our faculty are leaders in their fields. We enjoy a joint program with UT Southwestern, one of the top medical schools in the U.S., and our students can take courses and conduct research at either campus.
Our graduates have moved on to faculty posts at universities such as Duke, UT Austin, the University of Michigan Medical Center and the University of Pittsburgh, research posts at organizations such as the United States Food and Drug Administration and the Cleveland Clinics, and companies such as Abbott Laboratories, Alcon, Medtronics, and Zimmer Biomet.
The undergraduate program was added in 2012, and our first undergraduate class graduated in 2016. The program is an important part of the department, bolstering the master's and doctoral programs that have been offered for the history of the department. The Bachelor of Science program had a Fall 2016 enrollment of 238 students. The department graduated its first undergraduate class, consisting of 14 students, in spring 2016.
The department recently won a National Institutes of Health T-32 grant that allows us to subsidize and train doctoral students in healthcare applications for nanotechnology, specifically to develop tools to battle cardiovascular and pulmonary ailments.
Other recently funded research includes grants for cancer research, exploration of the causes of traumatic brain injury from blasts, development of a nanoparticle drug delivery system, developing a way to use light and sound to produce an accurate image of a patient’s deep tissue, and finding similar approaches from cancer treatment to explore nanomedicine for radiation diseases.
The combined faculty, staff and facilities of the UTA and UTSW campuses provide tremendous resources and opportunities for biomedical engineering students. More than 85% of students in the program also receive financial assistance in the form of scholarships and graduate research and teaching assistantships. Internships with area businesses are also available on a limited basis.