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What is Biomedical Engineering?

Biomedical engineering is the application of the life sciences, mathematics, and engineering principals to define and solve problems in biology, medicine, healthcare, and other related fields.

What do biomedical engineers do?

Biomedical engineers work to design, create, and improve medical devices such as prosthetics, artificial organs and medical imaging devices. They also develop instrumentation, medical information systems, and health management and care delivery systems to improve health care organizations. Many graduates of the biomedical engineering bachelor of science program also go on to pursue advanced degrees in medicine, engineering and related fields such as biostatistics, public health, and health administration.

Example placement of biomedical engineering students and graduates

Full-time Employment

  • Abiomed
  • Accenture
  • Agilent
  • B. Braun Medical
  • Boston Scientific
  • GE Healthcare
  • HeartWare
  • Johnson & Johnson Companies
  • MedImmune
  • Merck & Co.
  • Regeneron
  • Stryker
  • U.S. Army
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • W.L. Gore and Associates

Co-ops and Internships

  • B. Braun Medical
  • Drucker Diagnostics
  • GE Healthcare
  • GlaxoSmith & Kline
  • Johnson & Johnson Companies
  • Medrad/Bayer
  • Philips
  • Sanofi Pasteur
  • Stryker
  • W.L. Gore and Associates 

Post Graduate Placement

Graduate Schools

  • Boston University
  • Columbia University
  • Cornell
  • Drexel University
  • Duke
  • Georgia Tech
  • Johns Hopkins
  • Northwestern
  • Thomas Jefferson University
  • UCLA
  • University of Maryland
  • University of Michigan
  • University of North Carolina- NIH Grad Partnership
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • Virginia Tech

Medical Schools

  • Georgetown
  • Johns Hopkins
  • Northwestern
  • Penn State Hershey
  • Temple
  • Thomas Jefferson University
  • University of Maryland
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • University of Virginia
 
 

About

The Department of Biomedical Engineering administers the undergraduate major in biomedical engineering, and is a part of the university-wide Intercollege Graduate Degree Program, offering both M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Bioengineering. Our work combines traditional engineering principles with medicine and technology for the betterment of human health and society. 

Department of Biomedical Engineering

205 Hallowell Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802-4400

Phone: 814-863-6614