New Biomedical Engineering Design Spaces Catalyze Creativity

$4 MILLION INVESTMENT IN PREEMINENT BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING EDUCATION

BME welcomes students, faculty, staff, and industry partners to our new 14,000 square foot experiential learning, teaching, design, and collaboration spaces in the Lurie Biomedical Engineering Building.

The project features several innovations to enhance the student experience, such as:

  • Open and welcoming spaces for socializing, building community
  • Structured and technology-equipped areas for ideation, collaboration, and teamwork
  • Enhanced prototyping, fabrication, and testing spaces
  • Specialized simulation spaces for enhanced training and learning
  • New instructional labs for biomechanics, biotechnology, and instrumentation
  • Flexible classroom for lecture, active learning, and seminar formats
  • Infrastructure for co-curricular student groups

The goals of the new space are to foster teamwork and community, integrate professional practice into the BME curriculum, and promote engineering / industry / medicine interactions. “As a department that spans two academic units at Michigan, engineering and medicine, a key feature of this new space is to foster collaboration among engineers, medical professionals, and industry partners as we tackle some of the greatest challenges in medicine.” – Mary-Ann Mycek, Ph.D., Interim Chair and Professor of Biomedical Engineering.

  • An emphasis on glass lets natural light enter the space through a large double-sided display case. Photo: Brandon Baier

The new spaces could not have come at a better time. Demand for the BME degree is booming: this year twice the number of undergraduate students declared BME as their major than last year. The department is adding 5 tenure track faculty to its ranks in the coming year and is currently hiring. The BME Masters and BME Ph.D. programs are poised to have a fantastic recruiting season as well. The cutting-edge research being conducted right next to these state-of-the-art labs and design spaces will enhance our collaboration and student opportunities.

“We’re excited to debut these outstanding design and maker spaces, which were created specifically to enhance experiential learning for biomedical engineering students and faculty.” – Jan Stegemann, Ph.D., BME Associate Chair for Master’s Education, Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Project Lead. The renovation was introduced with a virtual tour on YouTube earlier this year.