Career Corner: Biomedical Engineering

Biomedical engineering: What is it? How do I get involved? Why is it so popular? If these questions have been on your mind lately about the field referred to as BME, you are not alone. I have the same questions and so do a lot of other people.  So, why not have a blog post to discuss it?images-2

Biomedical engineering combines engineering with biological sciences to create devices, software, and equipment to use in medicine. For example, pacemakers and joint replacements are products of biomedical engineering, as well as different systems used to deliver drugs. Biomedical engineers are responsible for researching, testing, and implementing new tools and devices to combat health issues.

What makes BME different than other engineering disciplines is that it puts a big emphasis on life sciences. It is a true combination of science and mathematics, therefore, you need to be strong in those fields. For success in the BME field, you need to truly love both science and math and be adept in both.

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Many schools have started to offer BME programs for undergraduates. Unlike other majors, most colleges have BME students apply for the BME program at the same time as applying for the school itself, because the program is so rigorous and students need all four years (or even more) to get everything done. Also, because BME has become so popular, it is difficult to transfer into a program.

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BME is an engineering field dedicated to improving human health. Biomedical engineers work every day testing and implementing new procedures and medical equipment for use in labs, hospitals, doctors’ offices, and other healthcare places. The field is continuing to grow each day with new advancement. Who knows? Maybe you or I will be the next BME superstar.

Sources:

http://www.bls.gov/ooh/architecture-and-engineering/biomedical-engineers.htm

http://biomedical.cua.edu/overview/whatdo.cfm

http://www.engr.iupui.edu/departments/bme/about/is-biomedical-engineering-right-for-me.php

http://www.mtu.edu/biomedical/department/what-is/

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