Message from the Department Head

Art Gmitro in the lab; photo by Mark Thaler/UAHS BiocommunicationsWelcome to the University of Arizona department of biomedical engineering!

Established in 2009, the newest department in the College of Engineering reflects a strong UA tradition of cross-disciplinary research at the intersection of medicine, science and engineering.

BME faculty have a variety of backgrounds and research areas, but all are dedicated to improving human health through the application of engineering and scientific principles. Our research excels through collaboration with the colleges of medicine, optical sciences, science, and agriculture and life sciences, with activity in biomedical imaging (fundamental, preclinical and clinical imaging), cardiovascular mechanics and devices, sensors and instrumentation, and the study of cancer and other disease processes.

Our undergraduate program received approval from the Arizona Board of Regents in 2009, and in 2013 we graduated the first class of 27 students with bachelor's degrees in biomedical engineering. (The next year, we graduated 43!) The program’s upper-level courses focus on four focus areas – biomechanics, biomaterials, technology and devices, and prehealth – and our seniors complete an interdisciplinary capstone project. Many continue their education with a graduate degree in medicine, engineering or life sciences.

The BME department is closely affiliated with the UA Graduate Interdisciplinary Program in Biomedical Engineering, a cross-departmental program in the Graduate College supported by over 60 faculty from 17 departments, with research directions ranging from basic bioscience to clinical applications in radiology, cardiology, internal medicine, neurology, orthopedics, surgery and oncology.

Arthur Gmitro
Department Head, Biomedical Engineering
2015

University of Arizona College of Engineering
Department of Biomedical Engineering 1127 E James E. Rogers Way P.O. Box 210020 Tucson, AZ 85721-0020