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Bioengineering Overview - Preparation - Day In The Life - Specialty Areas - Earnings - Employment - Career Path Forecast - Major Advances -
Professional Organizations

Bioengineering or Biomedical Engineering is a discipline that advances knowledge in engineering, biology, and medicine -- and improves human health through cross-disciplinary activities that integrate the engineering sciences with the biomedical sciences and clinical practice. Bioengineering/Biomedical Engineering combines engineering expertise with medical needs for the enhancement of health care. It is a branch of engineering in which knowledge and skills are developed and applied to define and solve problems in biology and medicine. Those working within the bioengineering field are of service to people, work with living systems, and apply advanced technology to the complex problems of medical care.

Biomedical engineers develop devices and procedures that solve medical and health-related problems by combining their knowledge of biology and medicine with engineering principles and practices. Many do research, along with medical scientists, to develop and evaluate systems and products such as artificial organs, prostheses (artificial devices that replace missing body parts), instrumentation, medical information systems, and health management and care delivery systems. Biomedical engineers also may design devices used in various medical procedures, imaging systems such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and devices for automating insulin injections or controlling body functions. Most engineers in this specialty need a sound background in another engineering specialty, such as mechanical or electronics engineering, in addition to specialized biomedical training. Some specialties within biomedical engineering are biomaterials, biomechanics, medical imaging, rehabilitation engineering, and orthopedic engineering.

Major advances in Bioengineering include the development of artificial joints, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), the heart pacemaker, arthroscopy, angioplasty, bioengineered skin, kidney dialysis, and the heart-lung machine.

Bioengineering Resources


Overview of Bioengineering

Admission Requirements, Alternate Degree Paths, Graduate Programs, Accredited Programs

Day in the Life:
Teams and Coworkers, Tasks, the Workplace

Specialty Areas:
Specialty Areas Within Bioengineering

Employer Options, Salary Ranges, Types of Employers

Statistics, Industries, Employers

Career Path Forecast:
Predictions, Employers

Major Advances in Bioengineering:
Artificial Joints, MRI, Heart Pacemaker, Angioplasty

Professional Organizations:
Resources, Networking, Support

Internet Resources:
American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering
American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers
ASME International, Bioengineering Division
Biomedical Engineering Society
Danish Society for Biomedical Engineering
European Society for Engineering in Medicine
Howard Hughes Medical Institute
IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
Institute of Biological Engineering
Institute of Biomedical Science
International Federation for Medical & Biological Engineering
International Society for Bioengineering and the Skin
Society for Biological Engineering (AIChE Technological
The Canadian Medical & Biological Engineering Society
The Merck Genome Research Institute
Whitaker Foundation

Note: Some resources in this section are provided by the US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Whitaker Foundation.

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