PhD in Biomedical Engineering Started in New Mexico

A new bio­med­ical engi­neer­ing con­cen­tra­tion in the Ph.D. in engi­neer­ing degree pro­gram will be offered by the Uni­ver­sity of New Mex­ico School of Engi­neer­ing start­ing Fall 2011. UNM is also seek­ing per­mis­sion from the State of New Mex­ico to offer a Master’s Degree in Bio­med­ical Engineering.

Together, the M.S. and Ph.D. pro­grams will form a com­plete grad­u­ate pro­gram in bio­med­ical engi­neer­ing, the only such pro­gram in New Mex­ico.  The pro­grams will pre­pare stu­dents for posi­tions in acad­e­mia and in lab­o­ra­to­ries across the nation and world­wide, as well as in the large num­ber of biotech com­pa­nies in New Mexico.

“With the inter­sec­tion of our out­stand­ing School of Engi­neer­ing, the national labs, and our excel­lent med­ical school, there’s a unique oppor­tu­nity for UNM to train stu­dents to work in the biotech indus­try,” says Steven Graves, direc­tor of the bio­med­ical engi­neer­ing grad­u­ate pro­grams. “The new bio­med­ical engi­neer­ing pro­gram will help inspire the devel­op­ment of a bio­med­ical engi­neer­ing research hub that will do a lot for the local economy.”

Bio­med­ical engi­neer­ing blends engi­neer­ing prin­ci­ples and tools with the bio­log­i­cal sci­ences and med­i­cine to enhance health care and improve the qual­ity of life. Pros­thet­ics, blood alco­hol detec­tors, biosen­sors, and engi­neered pro­teins have all been devel­oped by bio­med­ical engi­neers. Grad­u­ates of the Bio­med­ical Engi­neer­ing pro­gram will have no short­age of job oppor­tu­ni­ties, as the demand for bio­med­ical engi­neers is expected to increase 21 per­cent over the next decade.

The UNM bio­med­ical engi­neer­ing pro­gram builds on inter­dis­ci­pli­nary col­lab­o­ra­tions and fac­ulty mem­bers all over cam­pus. For more infor­ma­tion on the pro­gram, call (505) 277?6209 or visit: Bio­med­ical Engi­neer­ing.

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