Early research efforts in biomedical engineering at The University of Texas at Austin were carried out through a Biomedical Engineering (BME) Graduate Program, which became active within the Cockrell School of Engineering in the late 1960s. Since that time, numerous Ph.D. and M.S. students have gone on to take positions within academic institutions, the health care field, and in industry.
In the fall of 2001, BME became an accredited academic department, offering undergraduate degrees in addition to graduate degrees. The department’s students and faculty work together extensively to build interdisciplinary knowledge in the areas of medicine, molecular and cellular biology, and engineering.
Faculty within the Department of Biomedical Engineering are consistently recognized for their contributions in research. In 2010, the department was named by the American Society of Engineering Education as one of the five largest departments in the country. Additionally, the National Research Council ranked the department as one of the five most productive biomedical engineering departments in terms of research publications.
The mission of the Department of Biomedical Engineering is:
To develop clinically translatable solutions for human health by training the next generation of biomedical engineers, cultivating leaders, and nurturing the integration of science, engineering, and medicine in a discovery-centered environment.
The Department of Biomedical Engineering strives to be the premier biomedical engineering platform in the world, based on the excellence of our people, our innovative multidisciplinary and enabling research, and our discovery-centered educational programs. We will pioneer the transfer of BME research into applications that will advance and improve health care throughout Texas and the world.