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Why Biomedical Engineering?

Biomedical engineers apply their knowledge of engineering principles to the biological and medical sciences in order to design and develop medical equipment, systems and devices. They can work on anything from artificial organs, to diagnostic machines, monitoring and assistive devices, prostheses or pharmaceuticals.

Engineers with a Master’s in Biomedical Engineering possess an in-depth understanding of engineering, biology and medical science, which they use to solve health and clinical problems. They often work in research and development or quality testing of biomedical devices, publishing technical and research reports and presenting their findings to executives, clinicians, hospitals, manufacturers and the public.

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Is Biomedical Engineering for me?

Biomedical engineering master’s programs prepare engineers to work in advanced fields on the leading edge of biomedical and biological engineering, including:

  • Bioinstrumentation for electronic diagnosis or treatment devices
  • Rehabilitation engineering, such as designing prosthetics, bionics and other assistive devices for physical and cognitive impairments
  • Biomechanics
  • Medical equipment manufacturing
  • Development of biologically inspired mechanical or digital devices
  • Pharmaceutical research and production
  • Bioinformatics, such as developing software tools to understand biological data
  • Medical imaging
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Possible Career paths

  • Research and Development Engineer, Medical Products

    Biomedical engineers in R&D for medical products pursue all aspects of medical device development, from conception, design and prototyping to testing and manufacturing. These engineers work with government bodies to obtain regulatory approvals, apply for patents and develop technical documentation for intellectual property. They may also be involved in pre-clinical and clinical research and trials or testing activities.

  • Manufacturing Engineer, Medical Imaging Devices

    Medical imaging device manufacturing requires a biomedical engineer’s specialized knowledge to develop, evaluate and improve production processes and follow the necessary standards for testing and quality assurance. They are responsible for creating bills of materials, assembly instructions, technical documentation and specifications. They also confer with clients and internal staff regarding manufacturing capabilities or to facilitate production processes.

  • Biomedical Engineer

    Biomedical engineers develop medical devices for a variety of uses. They combine engineering with analyses of human factors, often working directly with hospitals or research facilities. These engineers perform usability studies, assist in gaining regulatory approvals and oversee data acquisition, processing, analysis and validation. Algorithm development, creating documentation and usability and validation test planning can also be significant aspects of this career.

  • Quality Engineer, Medical Devices

    Biomedical engineers often work on the quality assurance and control side of medical device manufacturing. They plan, coordinate and implement QA/QC procedures and processes, investigate deviations in production, review and approve process design documentation and follow all appropriate standards for health and safety. These engineers may also provide guidance and training to other quality technicians and inspectors.

  • Biomedical Sales Engineer

    Biomedical engineers working as sales engineers drive sales for medical products, develop sales strategies and facilitate customer relationships. They use their technical knowledge to collaborate with product developers, manufacturers and supply chain representatives to support sales activities of mobility solutions, therapeutic products, surgical products, IT solutions and other healthcare support systems.

  • Pharmaceutical Engineer

    Biomedical engineers play a vital role in the pharmaceutical industry, developing drug and chemical formulations, optimizing production processes and creating batch records, produce development reports, project proposals and summaries. They are also responsible for developing and applying Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) and following regulatory requirements.

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