Biomedical Engineering is a field of engineering distinguished by a basic understanding of biological and medical science. The health care industry is growing steadily and the concern for human health and welfare is greater each year. As a consequence, the need for trained professionals in the basic principles and applications of mathematics, physics, chemistry and the life sciences has become substantive and necessary. Biomedical engineering provides a challenging, stimulating, and diverse field of professional endeavor.
The Biomedical Engineering Program at Louisiana Tech University was established in 1972. Its first chair, Dr. Daniel D. Reneau, is now the President of the University. As the seventh ABET-accredited undergraduate biomedical engineering program in the country (in 1978), it has played a continuous leadership role in defining the nascent field of biomedical engineering.
The program was one of the first in the country to award a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering. The Center for Biomedical Engineering and Rehabilitation Science (CyBERS) has been identified as a Center of Excellence at Louisiana Tech University, first by the Louisiana State Legislature in 1985 when it was established, and recently by the University of Louisiana System in a review of all its colleges and universities.
The Center coordinates all biomedical engineering research on the campus, such that strong ties are in place with academic programs in Biomedical Engineering and Biological Sciences, Tech’s Institute for Micromanufacturing (IfM) - another Center of Excellence, and Tech’s Center for Numerical Simulation and Modeling. CyBERS and its closely affiliated Biomedical Engineering academic program have long had international acclaim for its physiological research and its rehabilitation engineering and science research and service.
Through partnership with the world-class facilities and researchers in the If M, CyBERS has developed expertise in the growing BioMEMS field. The last 10 years has seen a blossoming of interest by other universities towards Biomedical or Bio-Engineering, such that now over 25 undergraduate and 65 graduate programs exist in the U.S. alone.
Web Site: http://www.coes.latech.edu/bme/index.html