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Department of Biomedical Engineering

Established in 2009, the newest undergraduate program at the UA College of Engineering department reflects a long-standing tradition of interdisciplinary research at the intersection of medicine, science and engineering.

Our faculty boast a variety of backgrounds and research areas, but all are dedicated to improving human health through the application of engineering and scientific principles.

The Graduate Interdisciplinary Program brings the research and teaching expertise of more than 60 faculty in 17 departments into one exciting graduate school experience.

Zeroing in on Early Detection of Ovarian Cancer

Jennifer Barton in the labProfessor of biomedical engineering and interim director of the BIO5 Institute Jennifer Barton is leading a two-year, $1 million project funded by the National Cancer Institute to identify imaging biomarkers of ovarian cancer, the most deadly gynecological cancer in the United States. This work may enable the first effective screening system for what is often called a “silent killer” of women.

“Our goal is to identify biomarkers at the earliest possible stage of ovarian cancer to build a viable optical imaging technology that will enable early detection and save lives,” said Barton.

Fink Recognized for STEM Diversity Efforts

Eugenia Anane-Wae and Ty'Dria White accept the 2016 University Excellence in STEM Diversity Award on Wolfgang Fink's behalf. Photo courtesy of the UA Women in Science and Engineering ProgramAssociate professor Wolfgang Fink was honored by the UA Women in Science and Engineering Program with the 2016 University Excellence in STEM Diversity award, which recognizes a faculty or staff member who goes above and beyond in encouraging interest and diversity in science, technology, engineering or math fields.

Fink advises the UA chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers. In 2014, he led an undergraduate team of NSBE members to victory in a national robotic pipeline inspection competition, and then helped them publish their findings as a scientific paper.

Photo courtesy of WISE. Eugenia Anane-Wae and Ty’Dria White, officers of the UA NSBE, accepted the award on Fink's behalf.

Congrats, Grads!

BME Class of 2016 standing on the steps of the Center for Creative Photography in caps and gowns

It's taken hard work, and good work, and occasionally fun work, but the Class of 2016 has reached the finish line!

Several BME faculty members in regalia smile for a selfie

BME's faculty and staff are proud of your many accomplishments.

Check out the BME Facebook Page for all the Pre-Commencement pics.

And please keep in touch! We're always interested in alumni news for the website and newsletter.

Recognizing Outstanding Students

Department Head Art Gmitro shakes Tyler Toth's hand as he crosses the stage at BME's convocation ceremonyTyler Toth has been named spring 2016 Outstanding Senior for the department of biomedical engineering. His recent accolades include Most Creative Research at BME Design Day, an NSF graduate research fellowship and the Raytheon Award for Best Overall Design alongside his teammates at Engineering Design Day.

Molly Keenan was selected as the spring 2016 BME GIDP Outstanding Graduate Student.

BME Senior a Legacy of Maria Teresa Velez

David Maestas demonstrating his project at Engineering Design Day 2015. Photo by Raymond Sanchez/UANews.David Maestas had a difficult time imagining himself as a graduate student. However, thanks to the guidance of the late Maria Teresa Velez, he was accepted into the top-ranked biomedical engineering PhD program at Johns Hopkins University.

Velez, who served as associate dean of the UA Graduate College until she passed away in April, dedicated her career to supporting underrepresented and first-generation students, including members of the BME community.

Photo by Raymond Sanchez/UANews

Slepian Champions Collaboration

Slepian wearing a microfluidic sweat sensor – capable of measuring sweat rate and electrolyte and metabolite content – at the start of El Tour de Tucson in November 2015.Dr. Marvin Slepian, associate department head of biomedical engineering for clinical/industrial affairs, attributes his success as an innovator to the "virtue of vision in combination with collaboration and team building."

Those partnerships span the campus, the country and the world: His work as director of the Arizona Center for Accelerated BioMedical Innovation helps identify unmet clinical needs and bring UA faculty and students together to address them.

Among other projects are the development of "stretchable electronics" with investigators at the University of Illinois, and research into the effects of "shear forces" on platelets with colleagues at the State University of New York at Stony Brook and Politechnico di Milano in Italy.

Photo courtesy of the UA Sarver Heart Center

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