Overview of Biomedical Engineering

What is Biomedical Engineering?

Biomedical Engineering (BME) is a discipline that advances knowledge in engineering, biology, and medicine to improve human health through cross-disciplinary activities integrating the engineering sciences with biomedical sciences and clinical practice. Students work in the development of new devices, algorithms, processes, and systems that advance biology and medicine and improve medical practice and health care delivery. Many students chose BME because it is people-oriented.

Perhaps the most archetypical BME device is the cardiac pacemaker which senses the patient's current heart rhythm and rate and will electrically stimulate the heart to regularize an abnormal rate or rhythm. 

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Is Biomedical Engineering right for me?

When you enter any engineering discipline you must have a strong interest in science and mathematics in a way that allows you to solve problems of a highly technical nature. For BME you must be willing to add the life sciences and medical knowledge necessary to understand the frame work of the problems on which you will work.

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Biomedical Engineering at IUPUI

Biomedical engineering is the newest engineering department at IUPUI. BME provides cutting edge facilities and an extraordinary learning environment. Department faculty cover many areas including orthopaedic biomechanics, cardiovascular instrumentation, medical imaging, biomaterials, molecular engineering, biosensors, neurosciences, and tissue engineering.

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Our Mission

The mission of the Biomedical Engineering Department is to strive to attain world-class research and to provide the highest quality educational experience for our students. We expect and value excellence conducting research, and training students to participate in research activities and professional practice.

We accomplish our Mission as follows:

  • By exploiting the most modern and innovative approaches, we are leaders in interdisciplinary biomedical engineering research and discovery.
  • By providing students with an education in engineering principles, design and modern biomedical science, we develop in them the knowledge and skills for productive careers in biomedical engineering.
  • By committing to service to advance biomedical engineering, we contribute to the field.

Commitment to Engineering Education

Design and ethics are cornerstones of the biomedical engineering experience at IUPUI. By incorporating analyses, discussions, and projects over these topics, our students walk away as strong, ethically conscious engineers. To further these ideals, our department has been awarded a Department Enhancement Grant to fund these projects and learning initiatives. 


Starting sophomore year, students will be presented with multiple design projects throughout their college careers. While working in a team, each group of students will complete a design challenge, giving deliverables and completing milestones along the way. These projects are meant to hone the design capabilities of each student while improving teamwork skills in preparation for the two-semester senior capstone project. 


To further ethics instruction, students are presented with circumstances that question engineering ethics in their BME courses. The type of circumstance ranges from criticizing an ethical engineering decision to including ethical analyses in senior capstone projects. Speakers from engineering professions are also brought in to discuss how engineering ethics impacts their daily lives as well as those surrounded by their profession.