Although the Bioengineering Department was just formed in 2010, it has roots going back over 100 years to Bradford Durfee and New Bedford Institutes of Technology that were founded to support the textiles industry.
The manufacturing industry is still important in this area, but is typified more and more by specialty products like Velcro for bioengineering applications and vascular grafts made by Boston Scientific for heart disease patients. Just as the industry as evolved, the department has progressed from a focus on textiles technology, to materials science, and now to bioengineering.
Our degree programs have likewise changed to reflect the shift from large-scale manufacturing to the research, development and high-tech engineering that is the basis of much of the new bioengineering business of New England.
The Bioengineering Department has five departmental faculty, ten adjunct and affiliate faculty and a research associate. The departmental faculty cover specialties in biomedical materials, bionics, developmental biology, experimental design and rapid prototyping. The adjunct faculty provide expertise in medical electronics, biotechnology, biomechanics, biomimetics, biophysics, tissue engineering, ethics and bioprocessing. Several of the adjunct faculty work in the local biomedical industry.
We invite you to learn more about our exciting new programs.