The Bioengineering Department prepares students to become leaders and innovators in bioengineering and the biomedical professions. Coursework, laboratory experiences, and professional learning opportunities integrate the engineering sciences, life sciences, clinical medicine, research, and engineering design in collaboration with regional biomedical device and biotechnology companies.
The Bioengineering (BNG) Department offers:
- up-to-date labs and facilities
- faculty who pursue cutting-edge research
- research opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students
- undergraduate program accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology
Students have the advantage of:
- experiential professional opportunities
- internships, co-op, and year-long senior design projects
- the opportunity to earn a 5-year BS/Bioengineering and MS/Biomedical Engineering & Biotechnology
The Bioengineering Department has six departmental faculty, ten adjunct and affiliate faculty and a technical associate. Faculty members cover specialties in biomechanics, bioinformatics, biomaterials, biomimetics, tissue engineering, drug delivery, medical devices, and rapid prototyping.
Adjunct faculty members provide expertise in medical electronics, biotechnology, biophysics, ethics, and bioprocessing—and several adjunct faculty are employed in the local biomedical industry.
Although the Bioengineering Department is the newest department in the College of Engineering, its roots go back to UMass Dartmouth's predecessor institutions, which were founded in the late 1800s to support the region's textile industry.
Today's manufacturing industry is typified 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 manufacturing to the research, development, and high-tech engineering that is the basis of much of the new bioengineering industry of New England.