What is Biomedical Engineering?
Biomedical Engineering is a distinctive field that encompasses engineering disciplines, biology, life sciences, medicine, clinical applications and the improvement of human health.
The Faculty of Applied Science offers both undergraduate and graduate programs with a specialization in biomedical engineering.
What does a biomedical engineer do and what qualities does one need to become one?
A biomedical engineer is able to apply engineering principles and design in solving problems related to human health. Three important components in making a competent biomedical engineer are: (1) a firm foundation in engineering (Bachelor of Applied Science), (2) working knowledge in human biology and (3) an understanding of clinical practice.
Employment opportunities exist in the following industries and fields:
Medical instrument industry
Biomedical engineers may be involved in the design of diagnostic and research devices, manufacturing of medical equipment, construction of medical facilities, development of diagnostic standards or testing and implementing new products.
Biomedical engineers may design and evaluate biochemical processes for making medical compounds or components, control and optimize bioreactors for pharmaceutical productions or participate in project management or marketing of biomedical products.
Biomedical engineers may test and implement new devices, maintain medical equipment, act as consultants to the selection of hospital equipment, design and develop informatics, develop diagnostic protocols or liaise with hospitals and other high-tech sectors.
Medical research facilities and educational institutions
Biomedical engineers teach and perform research to advance the field. Since Biomedical Engineering is a multidisciplinary research area, collaborative research often involves engineers and other researchers from a wide variety of background such as Medicine, Science, Rehabilitation Science, Dentistry, Nursing, Pharmaceutical Science, etc.
Regulatory bodies, governments and industry associations
Biomedical engineers may develop inspection protocols, codes and standards for safety or practice guidelines. They may review and assess new products, participate in academic activities and liaise with different bodies including the general public on issues related to this discipline.