Students in the lab of Dr. Mahsa Ranji perform an optical biopsy.

Students in the lab of Associate Professor Mahsa Ranji perform an optical biopsy.

Milwaukee Engineers Poised to Serve Biomedical Needs

Biomedical engineering degree program available NOW

To help meet the growing demand for biomedical engineers, the UW System Board of Regents approved a new B.S.E. in Biomedical Engineering to start now. The cross-disciplinary program is being led by Professor Devendra Misra, Electrical Engineering.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of biomedical engineers is projected to grow 23 percent through 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations.

Biomedical engineers apply principles and methods from engineering, biological science, and technology to understand, define and solve problems of life and medical sciences. They design and manufacture devices and instrumentation—such as blood-flow monitoring systems, prosthetic limbs, and artificial organs—that assist medical specialists with diagnosing and treating patients.

The program at UWM will focus on both education and research which promises a distinctive undergraduate experience with faculty who are doing cutting edge work including NSF CAREER Award Winner, Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering Ramin Pashaie who is researching optogentics to study the brain for a variety of life enhancing applications and Mahsa Rangi, associate professor of electrical engineering who is working to save lives for people having an organ transplant through Optical Biopsy with researchers from the Medical College of Wisconsin. Optical Biopsy enables physicians to test organs for safety before being transplanted.

In addition to world-renowned faculty, students in our biomedical engineering program have a multitude of opportunities to work with local business and industry through internships and co-ops. They also have access to a broad network of alumni who are leaders in the field of biomedical engineering including Bill Berezowitz, GE Healthcare’s VP and GM of Imaging Subsystems.

For more information, contact Professor Misra at or Todd Johnson, Director of Student Services at

GAANN funding gives biomedical engineering doctoral students a boost

Hear from Professor Susan McRoy, head of the doctoral program in Biomedical Engineering, on her research work in Informatics.

Hear from Professor Susan McRoy, head of the doctoral program in Biomedical Engineering, on her research in Informatics.

The U.S. Department of Education’s Graduate Assistants in Areas of National Need (GAANN) program awarded the College of Engineering & Applied Science $1.1 million to fund 8 to 12 fellowships in biomedical engineering, including biomedical and health informatics. The GAANN program assists graduate students of superior ability who demonstrate financial need.

“This grant is critical to broadening the pipeline for biomedical engineering all across Wisconsin,” says Susan McRoy, professor, computer science and the GAANN program director. “Two thirds of our biomedical doctoral graduates now have jobs in Wisconsin, at places that include the Blood Center of Wisconsin, Marshfield Clinic, GE Healthcare, MedeAnalytics, Aurora Research Institute and the Medical College of Wisconsin. So, the program strengthens Wisconsin’s capability in biomedical engineering.”

This marks the first time UWM’s College of Engineering & Applied Science has received a GAANN award.

The college has awarded two GAANN fellowships for spring 2016 and is seeking applicants to start fall 2016. For information, contact Susan McRoy at