History & Mission

A Legacy of Innovation

Michigan BME provides leadership in education, training and cutting-edge research by translating science and engineering to solve important challenges in medicine and life sciences to the benefit of humanity.
Ours is one of the oldest programs in the country, with a history that includes early work with lifesaving clinical devices like the Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) heart-lung bypass machine and implantable electrodes that stimulate or stabilize brain function.
More recently the department has shifted its focus from designing devices to engineering at a more fundamental biological level – engineering tissues, changing genes, engineering artificial organs.

Department Mission

BME provides leadership in education, training and cutting-edge research by translating science and engineering to solve important challenges in medicine and life sciences to the benefit of humanity.

BME Timeline

1962    Biomedical Engineering Graduate program established
1996    Biomedical Engineering (BME) Department Founded
1997    Combined B.S.E./M.S.E. program established
2000    Undergraduate program established
2003    Carl A. Gerstacker Building opens
2005    Wallace H. Coulter Foundation Translational Research Partnership
2006    ABET accreditation
2006    Lurie Biomedical Engineering Building opens
2012    BME becomes a joint department in the College of Engineering and the Medical School