Biomedical Engineers – What do they do?

I find the following definition to be as accurate as any for the purposes of this blog.

Definition of Biomedical Engineering

Biomedical engineering is a discipline that advances knowledge in engineering, biology and medicine, and improves human health through cross-disciplinary activities that integrate the engineering sciences with the biomedical sciences and clinical practice. It includes:

1. The acquisition of new knowledge and understanding of living systems through the innovative and substantive application of experimental and analytical techniques based on the engineering sciences.2. The development of new devices, algorithms, processes and systems that advance biology and medicine and improve medical practice and health care delivery.

As used by the foundation, the term “biomedical engineering research” is thus defined in a broad sense: It includes not only the relevant applications of engineering to medicine but also to the basic life sciences.”

Whitaker Foundation Definition

As can be seen from the definition biomedical engineering is a wide open field that historically attempts to advance and apply engineering knowledge that will lead to new or improve current medical technology. As the term “medical” suggests the vast majority of this research focuses on technology that helps improve human health.

If you decide to delve into this field it will be useful to know some context and definitions which can be found below.

Whitaker Foundation History of Biomedical Engineering

A list of universities and college with accredited programs can be obtained at the following link.  Search for “Biomedical Engineering”.

List of Accredited Bioengineering Programs.

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