List of Schools Graduating Biomedical Engineers in 2009

List of schools reporting graduation data for Biomedical Engineering Programs in 2009.  Not every BME  program listed is accredited.  Accreditation does not necessarily mean that a program is focused on developing engineers for a corporate career.  No criteria in the ABET accreditation handbook specifically requires a program to prepare biomedical engineers for the rigors of a corporate career.  Regional accreditation of a school may be slightly more specific requiring them to demonstrate that programs produce positive student outcomes.  However, a school is not typically required to publicly report detailed statistics about where  graduates from their academic programs obtain positions.   As a result each university and program needs to be reviewed with specific questions about its goals for the student in mind.  A program should be keeping track of where its students obtain positions.  A program should be able to provide summaries of that information to demonstrate how well they are meeting their student employment goals.

Point of confusion. There are Biomedical Engineers and there are Biomedical Electronic Technicians / Biomedical Engineering Technologists

See:The Difference Between a Biomedical Engineer and a BMET

List of Schools offering Biomedical Engineering degrees.

Alfred University
Arizona State University
Boston University
Brown University
Bucknell University
California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo
Carnegie Mellon University
Case Western Reserve University
Catholic University of America
Clemson University
Colorado School of Mines
Colorado State University
Columbia University in the City of New York
Cornell University
CUNY City College
CUNY Graduate School and University Center
Drexel University
Duke University
Emory University
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University
Florida Gulf Coast University
Florida International University
Florida State University
George Washington University
Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus
Illinois Institute of Technology
Indiana Institute of Technology
Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis
Johns Hopkins University
Lawrence Technological University
Lehigh University
LeTourneau University
Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College
Louisiana Tech University
Marquette University
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Medical College of Wisconsin
Mercer University
Michigan Technological University
Milwaukee School of Engineering
Mississippi State University
New Jersey Institute of Technology
North Carolina State University at Raleigh
Northwestern University
Ohio State University-Main Campus
Ohio University-Main Campus
Oral Roberts University
Oregon Health & Science University
Oregon State University
Pennsylvania State University-College of Medicine
Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus
Polytechnic Institute of New York University
Portland Community College
Purdue University-Main Campus
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Rice University
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Rutgers University-New Brunswick
Saint Louis University-Main Campus
San Diego State University
South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
Stanford University
Stevens Institute of Technology
Stony Brook University
SUNY at Binghamton
Syracuse University
Texas A & M University
The College of New Jersey
The University of Tennessee
The University of Texas at Arlington
The University of Texas at Austin
The University of Texas at San Antonio
The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
Tufts University
Tulane University of Louisiana
University of Akron Main Campus
University of Alabama at Birmingham
University of Arizona
University of California-Berkeley
University of California-Davis
University of California-Irvine
University of California-Los Angeles
University of California-Merced
University of California-Riverside
University of California-San Diego
University of California-San Francisco
University of Central Oklahoma
University of Cincinnati-Main Campus
University of Connecticut
University of Florida
University of Houston
University of Idaho
University of Illinois at Chicago
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
University of Iowa
University of Louisville
University of Maryland-College Park
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey
University of Memphis
University of Miami
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
University of Nevada-Las Vegas
University of Nevada-Reno
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
University of Oklahoma Norman Campus
University of Pennsylvania
University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus
University of Rhode Island
University of Rochester
University of South Florida-Main Campus
University of Southern California
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas
University of the Pacific
University of Toledo
University of Utah
University of Virginia-Main Campus
University of Washington-Seattle Campus
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Vanderbilt University
Virginia Commonwealth University
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Wake Forest University
Walla Walla University
Washington State University
Washington University in St Louis
Wayne State University
Western New England College
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Wright State University-Main Campus
Yale University


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The 20 Smallest B.S. Biomedical Engineering Graduating Classes In 2007

There are any number of reasons why these are small graduating classes.  The most likely is that the listed schools have only recently inaugurated their Biomedical Engineering programs.   A number of schools took advantage of the Biomedical Engineering program grants by the now defunct Whitaker Foundation before it ceased to exist in 2005.   The foundation supported the creation of at least 30 programs.  Personally I don’t believe that a small graduating class has anything to do with the quality of a program.  It would be wise for prospective students and their parents to ask about plans for accreditation at these schools.  It will be interesting to see the statistics when the 2008 data becomes available to the general public.

School Total Graduates Males Females
Louisiana Tech University 17 10 7
Brown University 16 8 8
Wright State University-Main Campus 16 10 6
University of Akron Main Campus 14 9 5
Bucknell University 13 5 8
CUNY City College 12 9 3
University of Central Oklahoma 12 9 3
University of Alabama at Birmingham 10 6 4
Washington State University 9 5 4
University of Rhode Island 8 6 2
University of Idaho 8 7 1
George Washington University 8 6 2
Western New England College 8 4 4
Catholic University of America 7 5 2
University of Houston 6 4 2
Alfred University 4 3 1
LeTourneau University 3 2 1
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 1 1 0
California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo 1 1 0
Dordt College 1 0 1

Biomedical Engineering Programs (Schools, Colleges) Reporting Between 40 and 49% Women In Their 2007 Graduating Class

The Biomedical Engineering programs ( schools, colleges ) attract a higher proportion of women than any other engineering program.  I thought it would be interesting to show just how high the proportion is in some programs.  I am not aware of any explanation.  My guess is that the opportunity to contribute to the health of the community may be a motivating factor.   Men and women who work in the healthcare field are typically attracted to the prospect of helping patients in need.  Biomedical Engineering related positions in industry hold the promise of working on projects that will positively impact the lives of many patients if they proceed to commercialization.

School Total Graduates % Female
Arizona State University at the Tempe Campus 71 49%
University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus 35 49%
Mississippi State University 25 48%
University of Miami 25 48%
The University of Texas at Austin 91 46%
University of Cincinnati-Main Campus 22 45%
Stony Brook University 20 45%
Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus 36 44%
North Carolina State University at Raleigh 36 44%
Washington State University 9 44%
Yale University 21 43%
University of Rochester 35 43%
University of Pennsylvania 61 43%
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor 54 43%
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology 31 42%
Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus 91 42%
Carnegie Mellon University 41 41%
SUNY at Binghamton 17 41%
Louisiana Tech University 17 41%
Johns Hopkins University 110 41%
Milwaukee School of Engineering 22 41%
Syracuse University 27 41%
University of Connecticut 37 41%
Columbia University in the City of New York 52 40%
Drexel University 72 40%
University of Alabama at Birmingham 10 40%
University of Virginia-Main Campus 70 40%
Case Western Reserve University 101 40%

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Biomedical Engineering Programs Reporting 50% or More Women in the 2007 Graduating Class

The Biomedical Engineering programs attract a higher proportion of women than any other engineering program.  I thought it would be interesting to show just how high the proportion is in some programs.  I am not aware of any explanation.  My guess is that the opportunity to contribute to the health of the community may be an important motivating factor.   People who work in the healthcare field are typically attracted to the prospect of helping patients in need.   Biomedical Engineering positions hold the promise of working on projects that will positively impact the lives of many patients if they proceed to commercialization.

School Total Graduates % Female
Florida International University 25 64%
Bucknell University 13 62%
Oregon State University 17 59%
Illinois Institute of Technology 26 58%
Virginia Commonwealth University 28 57%
Texas A & M University 45 56%
Purdue University-Main Campus 22 55%
Tufts University 48 54%
Saint Louis University-Main Campus 17 53%
Brown University 16 50%
University of Toledo-Main Campus 28 50%
Western New England College 8 50%

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Mississippi:List of Pharma Companies Which May Potentially Employ Biomedical Engineers and Technologists

An engineer with genomics, tissue and chemistry heavy background may be able to find a position in one of these firms which are registered as manufacturers of pharmaceuticals.   The manufacturers on this list may have changed their location since the it was last updated but should be no more than a year out of date.  See Potential Hospital and Medical Facility Locations in Mississippi to get some tips about how to use this information in a job search.  A quick explanation is provided in addition to more in depth information in the included links.  Addresses are available for a nominal  fee. Contact Form

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AIRGAS SOUTH INC
APRIA HEALTHCARE INC
AQUACENTER INC
ARGUS ANALYTICAL INC
B L MITCHELL INC
CAL MAINE FOODS INC
CAPWELD INC
CARGILL INC ANIMAL NUTRITION DIV
COMPLETE HOME CARE EQUIPMENT INC
DAVIS RESEARCH INC
EASTERN BLOCK INC
EILANDS WELDERS SUPPLY INC
EKA CHEMICALS INC
ELSOHLY LABORATORIES INC
EPCO CARBON DIOXIDE PRODUCTS INC
EXEL INC
FISHBELT FEEDS INC
HOME CARE MEDICAL EQUIPMENT INC
HOME OXYGEN AND MEDICAL EQUIPMENT INC
INDI BEL INC DBA DELTA WESTERN
JOAMCA CHEMICAL PRODUCTS INC
JONES COUNTY MEDICAL SUPPLIES INC
KELTMAN PHARMACEUTICALS INC
LADY FOREST FARMS INC
LINCARE INC
MARSHALL DURBIN FARMS INC
MATHESON TRI GAS INC
MID SOUTH WELDING SUPPLY INC
OXYMED INC
PECO FARMS INCORPORATED
PECO FOODS INC
PICAYUNE MEDICAL AND HEALTH SUPPLIES INC
PRESTAGE FARMS INC
QUALITY HOME OXYGEN INC
ROTECH HEALTHCARE INC
SANDERSON FARMS INC
THE MEDICAL STORE INC
TRU CARE MEDICAL INC
TYSON FOODS INC

Making Gene Expression Useful to the Clinician

One the the big challenges to successfully commercializing the advances in genomic research for the medical device industry is how to present the information in a form that will be useful to clinician. Historically the vast majority of physicians practicing today were taught microbiology, biochemistry and physiology in medical school. In day to day practice they use their knowledge to augment their clinical diagnostic and treatment methods. However, the vast majority of clinicians did not learn about gene expression and the depth of detail it is helping bring to systems biology. Moreover, it will be very difficult to get much more than an appreciation of the insights this information will bring to medicine even when it becomes part of the medical school curriculum. As a result there will be a need to have technology that will help the clinician interpret the tremendous volume of information a genomic expression profile gives.

A first step toward such a tool has been developed by Gabriel Eichler, Ying Feng, Yuchun Guo and Sui Huang in the Ingber laboratory at the Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston. The Gene Expression Dynamics Inspector (GEDI) approach uses color patterns related to gene expression results to convey the gene expression “state” of a patient. The concept relies heavily on the doctor’s ability to detect visual patterns and correlate them with the other tools at their disposal to create a diagnosis.  From the product development point of view its clear that the creators of this software understood their customer and developed a tool that would be within their capabilities to use. The technology is available to the public without charge.

The attempt to create this type of tool highlights the need and the challenges that the medical industry and its engineers will face to create products that simplify the interpretation of the volume of data made available by genomic techniques and make them useful to the clinician.

See Gene Expression Dynamics Inspector

Here is a more traditional approach for reporting clinical data as a result SNP genetic testing of a patient to a clinician.
Understanding Navigenics Results


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List of Schools Offering Accredited Biological Engineering Programs

The following is a list of ABET Inc. accredited Biological Engineering Programs. These programs address the engineering aspects of creating products using biological processes.  As such you could say they are the engineering response to applying our quickly expanding knowledge of the human, animal and microbe genomes and their cellular processes to create useful products.  As you can see there are not very many.  The industries they address may find the skills that a Biomedical Engineer can bring to the table very useful.

University of Idaho BS Biological and Agricultural Engineering
Massachusetts Institute of Technology B.S. Chemical Biological Engineering
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities BBE Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering
North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University BS Biological Engineering
Polytechnic Institute of New York University BS Chemical and Biological Engineering
Purdue University at West Lafayette BS Biological and Food Process Engineering
Purdue University at West Lafayette BS Agricultural and Natural Resources Engineering


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