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What is Biomedical Engineering?

In order to deepen my understanding of the biomedical engineering field, I read an article by Michigan Tech, and have summarized it below in order for my readers to understand what this field entails.

What is biomedical engineering?

  • Biomedical engineering is the application of engineering principles to biology and medicine.
  • It covers all aspects of healthcare, from diagnosis to treatment and recovery.
  • Biomedical engineers use an intimate knowledge of modern biology principles in their engineering design process.
  • Aspects of mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, chemical engineering, materials science, chemistry, mathematics, and computer science and engineering are all integrated with human biology in biomedical engineering to improve human health.

What do biomedical engineers do?

  • Biomedical engineers work in various settings and disciplines.
  • They design and develop medical devices and diagnostic tools, such as prosthetic limbs, pacemakers, and medical imaging equipment.
  • They work on tissue and stem cell engineering to aid in transplants to increase people’s quality of life.
  • They ensure that medical equipment is safe and reliable for use in clinical settings.

What careers are there in biomedical engineering?

  • Forbes and CNN Money have named biomedical engineering as the best healthcare career in recent years.
  • They have many opportunities for specialization, such as biomaterials, neuromodulation devices, orthopaedic repair, and stem cell engineering. (I will dive deeper into these concepts in another post)
  • Biomedical engineers often combine problem solving and technical know-how with focused study in medicine, healthcare, and helping others.

What is the future of biomedical engineering?

  • Biomedical engineering has the potential to revolutionize healthcare in the coming years.
  • Revolutionary advances in medical imaging and diagnostics are changing the way medicine is practiced.
  • New medical devices arising from research laboratories around the world have completely altered the manner in which disease and trauma are dealt with by physicians, extending the quality and length of human life.
  • The future of biomedical engineering is closely tied to advances in other fields such as chemistry and materials science.

Michigan Tech – What is Biomedical Engineering?






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