An obvious but important question when it comes to applying to engineering colleges is: what type of engineering should I study? Opening the Common App and the drop down menu of engineering majors really only convey a vague idea about what some of the majors entailed. Often, it’s difficult to tell what exactly each major really does. So here’s your go to guide for BME.
Biomedical engineering in a sentence: biomedical engineering is the creation of technology and methods that are used in medicine.
You may be going, that’s a pretty broad definition but BME can mean a lot of things. For one thing, there are so many different areas in medicine. So it’s sort of an umbrella term for all the things you could do in BME. This goes from prosthetics and artificial organs to the creation of better imaging or diagnosing machines, methods for less invasive surgery, facilitated drug transport, better drugs, etc. At its heart, biomedical engineering seeks to solve the health problems that we face.
Sensory capable finger: Dr. Loeb was a guest speaker for BME 201 and discussed the artificial technology that he’s developing at SynTouch
Devices from Dr. Ellis Meng’s Lab
Meet a Biomedical Engineer
“I’d always had an interest in medicine and I’ve always thought it was fascinating, but I knew I didn’t want to be a doctor. I felt that this was a good way for me to satisfy my curiosity about medicine without getting an MD. There are also so many things you can do with BME!
Where Can You Go With a Biomedical Engineering Degree?
A biomedical engineering degree can lead to so many different things: you can go to medical school; you can work in industry at companies like Abbott Laboratories and Medtronic; you can go into consulting; or into research and academics; It’s a multi-faceted field, with so many opportunities in so many different areas.
Working in industry at large companies like Medtronic, you can make medical devices that will be used in hospital and clinics around the world – like pacemakers
There are so many things you can do with biomedical engineering, it all depends on what interests you!