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At UWM, our biomedical engineering degree program combines engineering techniques with biological sciences to improve the quality of human health by designing and creating equipment, devices and intelligent systems.

The Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering at UWM includes collaboration across disciplines, enabling you to combine mechanical, electrical, materials science and computer engineering to solve medical problems.

Our faculty work with colleges throughout UWM including the College of Health Sciences, College of Nursing, School of Freshwater Sciences, and Zilber School of Public Health. They partner with local industry and academic institutions like the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Program Type

Major

Program Format

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Career Outlook

This field is growing steadily due to technological advances and the increasing needs of a growing and aging population. A wide range of opportunities await graduates who enjoy this interdisciplinary work.

2020 median pay was $92,620*

*U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Why Students and Hiring Managers Are Excited about UWM Biomedical Engineering Major.

What to Expect

Increased speed to graduation

Our new and redesigned curriculum makes it easier and faster for you to complete your biomedical engineering degree. You’ll also find greater flexibility in the electives available to customize your experience. 

What makes our program stand out

Biomedical engineering majors at UWM learn about the design, manufacturing, and maintenance techniques of medical devices, instrumentation, and smart systems to improve the quality of human health. Our curriculum provides flexibility to explore interests in business, environment, health informatics, public health, psychology, and water technology among others while getting a solid foundation in biomedical engineering. Broad educational foundation opens the doors of opportunities for graduates to work for world-class industry like GE Healthcare, start your own business, or pursue higher education.

The program provides opportunities to conduct faculty-supervised research in well-equipped laboratories while pursuing the B.S. degree in Biomedical Engineering and prepare for doctoral studies, elect courses to pursue a subsequent degree in medicine or participate in the Lubar Entrepreneurship Center’s programs and launch your own business after earning your degree in biomedical engineering. There are enormous additional opportunities available for students that can be expected only at an R1 ranked university like UWM.

Honors

Biomedical Engineering students can earn honors within the major upon graduation.

Students have many other opportunities to earn honors recognition at UWM.

UWM’s College of Engineering & Applied Science program provides many opportunities to pair classroom learning with hands-on experiences outside the classroom. The college’s location in Wisconsin’s largest city, with a broad network of industry partnerships, gives you easy access to well-paid internships and co-ops, as well as other important opportunities to enhance your resume. 

Did you know? 

  • 93 percent of UWM engineering and computer science students complete paid, work-related experiences including internships, co-ops and research opportunities 
  • 91 percent land a job or commit to graduate school before graduation. 

SOURCE: UWM First Destination Survey, December 2019  

Internships & Co-ops

Our biomedical engineering degree students have had many hands-on opportunities to develop their skills and to determine what type of career experience they would like after graduation, while often earning a significant paycheck over summer breaks and even during the academic year.

Here are some of the businesses where our biomedical engineering students have had internships, co-ops or begun their careers:

  • Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center
  • GE Healthcare
  • Medtronic
  • Stryker
  • Welch Allyn
Capstones / Senior Design Projects

In BME 595 Capstone Design, teams have the opportunity to use advanced technology to study and develop medical device products to assist people with disabilities. Students also have the opportunity to pursue independent studies and research projects with faculty to enhance understanding of advanced concepts. 

Student Organizations

Biomedical Engineering Society at UWM

BMES is a group of mostly Biomedical Engineering students looking to provide opportunities to other BME students. We set up connections between students and professors as well as some volunteer opportunities in the form of working with 3D printing prosthetic hands for kids in need through our connection with eNable, a non-profit. We host monthly speakers from different realms of BME, including research, industry, and continuing education.

For full descriptions and contact information for all Biomedical Engineering and other engineering-related student organizations and clubs, click here.

Resource Rooms & Teaching Labs

Biomedical Instrumentation Laboratory

The Biomedical Instrumentation Lab provides hands-on signals and processing experience using sensors to record and analyze brain waves, which control today’s state-of-the art prosthetic limbs, robotic arms, and humanoid robots. The lab also contains Virtual Reality (VR) headsets that are coupled with state-of-the-art EEG equipment to study cognitive processes and translate brain waves into movements in a VR environment.

Biomechanics and Human Motion Analysis Lab

The Biomechanics and Human Motion Analysis Lab is where our students get hands on experience learning about the musculoskeletal system, including biomechanics of tissues, structures, and joints. Motion capture technology tracks detailed human motion and can model gait, wheelchair use, sports, and upper body movements. The laboratory includes a motion capture system, force platform, Wireless Electromyography system and a full-featured mechanical testing machine.

Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering Laboratory

The Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering Lab is where our undergraduate students are introduced to biomaterials and tissue engineering. It uses a unique combination of biomaterials fabrication, characterization, and cell-culture techniques to assess the role of biomaterials in various clinical and biological applications. The lab includes a fully functional biosafety cabinet class II, water-jacketed incubator for cell culture, 6 optical microscopes, one fluorescence microscope and materials for bio-fabrication.  

UWM students have a wealth of additional resources available to them within the College of Engineering & Applied Science. From computer labs and tutoring resources to teaching labs and spaces to create or collaborate. Details here.

Research Opportunities

We’re a top tier R1 research university and our students have the opportunity to work with faculty engaged in cutting-edge research in areas such as:

  • Biomechanics
  • Biorobotics
  • Bone Healing
  • Intelligent Assistive Devices
  • Medical Imaging
  • Medical Instrumentation
  • Rehabilitation Engineering

As an undergraduate you’ll have the opportunity to work in the Mechanobiology and Vascular Biomechanics Lab, directed by Dr. Mahsa Dabagh

In this lab, both graduate and undergraduate students use biology, mathematics, mechanics, biomaterials, and fluid dynamics to answer key questions about human diseases. We develop innovative prevention and treatment plans for cancer and cardiovascular diseases, which are tightly interconnected.

For example, four undergraduate students working with Dr. Dabagh presented their work at the 2021 UWM Undergraduate Research Symposium (https://sites.uwm.edu/undergrad-research-symposium-2021/category/mentor/mahsa-dabagh/). They used image segmentation to reconstruct personalized geometry of the vascular system and organ-specific tissues, then created codes based on Lattice-Boltzmann method (LBM) coupled with cellular particle dynamics (CPD) to model the growth of cancer tumor and progression of vascular diseases,  simulate blood flow distribution, and finally modeled the interaction of drug particles with cancer cells and vascular tissue.

Student Research Poster Competition

Both graduates and undergraduates have the opportunity to participate in this competition to see who can best represent their research visually on a poster and verbally by describing it to judges. Here are some examples of biomedical engineering undergraduates who have won past competitions:

Marina Slawinski, BS Biomedical 2021 SRPC 2nd place Undergraduate winner for poster entitled, “Manipulation of Mechanical Properties in Protein-Polysaccharide Hydrogels.” See her short video description here https://youtu.be/jci6pqgtywA

Corey Huffman, BS Biomedical 2021 SRPC 3rd place undergraduate winner for his poster entitled, “Design and Development of a Cable-Driven Wrist Prosthesis.” See his short video description here: https://youtu.be/1oaj0MC8rOY

Marina Slawinski, BS Biomedical 2020 SRPC 1st place UG winner for her poster, “Shape programming of protein hydrogels using metal cations can help with the advancement of soft robotics.” See her short video description here: https://youtu.be/VlYlSdlgOro

Student Startup Challenge

Directed by the Lubar Entrepreneurship Center, the UWM Student Startup Challenge is an optional, co-curricular program that fosters our students’ innovative and entrepreneurial ideas. You can work alone or as part of a team as you gain the skills that come from entrepreneurial experience. More detail here.

We’re Here to Help

We have a dedicated Career Services Department at the College of Engineering & Applied Science who works exclusively with our students to prepare them for a career after graduation.

What You’ll Do

  • Design equipment and devices, such as artificial internal organs, replacements for body parts, and machines for diagnosing medical problems
  • Install, maintain, or provide technical support for biomedical equipment
  • Collaborate with manufacturing staff on the safety and effectiveness of biomedical equipment
  • Train clinicians and others on the proper use of biomedical equipment
  • Work with scientists to research how engineering principles apply to biological systems
  • Develop statistical models or simulations using statistical or modeling software
  • Prepare procedures and write technical reports and research papers
  • Present research findings to a variety of audiences, including scientists, clinicians, managers, other engineers, and the public
  • Design or conduct follow-up experiments as needed

Advising

Current, Tina
  • Senior Advisor, Undergraduate Advising
  • Students with last names beginning I-O
  • Prospective Transfer Student Liaison
Kaempfer, Sharon
  • Senior Advisor, Undergraduate Advising
  • Students with last names beginning A-H
Klumpp, Jennie
  • Senior Advisor, Undergraduate Advising
  • Students with last names beginning P-Z
  • Prospective Student Liaison

Tutoring

Steven Anderson
  • Retention Coordinator, Tutoring
  • Tutoring & Mentoring Center Coordinator
  • Freshmen Orientation Instructor

Faculty

Xeufeng Bao
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering
Mahsa Dabagh
  • Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering
  • Advisor, UWM Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES)
faculty image veysi malkoc
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering
Devendra Misra
  • Professor, Biomedical Engineering
  • Department Chair, Biomedical Engineering
  • Professor, Electrical Engineering
Priyatha Premnath
  • Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering
Mohammad Rahman
  • Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering
  • Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering
  • Director, Biorobotics Lab
  • Affiliate Professor, Computer Science
Jacob Rammer
  • Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering
  • Director, Advanced Mobility Biomechanics Lab (AMBL)
Pradeep Rohatgi
  • Distinguished Professor, Materials Science and Engineering Department
  • Distinguished Professor, Biomedical Engineering
  • Distinguished Professor, Mechanical Engineering
  • Director, Center for Advanced Manufacture of Materials
faculty member yongjin sung
  • Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering
  • Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering
faculty member zeyun Yu
  • Professor, Computer Science
  • Professor, Biomedical Engineering
  • Director, Big Data Analytics and Visualization Lab
Accreditation

The Biomedical Engineering program is accredited by Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET.

Contact
Biomedical Engineering

Contact Info: ceas-bme@uwm.edu

Street Address
College of Engineering & Applied Science
3200 North Cramer Street
Milwaukee, WI 53211

Mailing Address
College of Engineering & Applied Science
P.O. Box 784
Milwaukee, WI 53201-0784