The vision of the BME Department is “to be an internationally recognized, research oriented department of biomedical engineering; a top choice for undergraduate and graduate education.”

The mission of the BME Department is to “improve health care by making scientific discoveries, solving problems and advancing technology using quantitative methods; to prepare graduates to succeed in the evolving fields of biomedical engineering and biotechnology.”

The BME faculty has developed an outstanding interdisciplinary curriculum to train students to solve health-care related problems using advanced quantitative and analytical techniques. All of our courses are taught by full-time BME faculty members, who also maintain an active research program.  A strength of the BME faculty is their research productivity; faculty members in BME bring expertise from their discipline into the classroom.

We have high-quality facilities for laboratory experiments, computer simulations and lab-based projects that provide opportunities for students to gain experience with instrumentation, computer simulations and lab techniques common to our discipline.  Many of the BME courses include a laboratory component where students receive hands-on training in the instruments, technologies, principles, or techniques taught in the course.

Students can further their professional development through participation in biomedical engineering student organizations (such as the
Biomedical Engineering Society, theSociety for Biomaterials, Engineers Without Borders) an internship or co-op in industry or the UAB School of Medicine.  Many engineering students gain relevant professional experience in a research or internship experience at UAB, in Medicine, Dentistry or other schools.  Many engineering students also complete a minor in business.  These additional experiences provide opportunities to apply principles mastered in your courses to ‘real world’ problems in biomedical engineering.

Graduates from the Department of Biomedical Engineering are well-prepared to enter the workforce, pursue advanced education in graduate school, or attend medical, dental or another professional school BME graduates find employment in industry with medical products companies such as BioHorizons Implant Systems, Biological Innovations, Cook Medical, GE Medical, Evonik Industries, Guidant Corporation, Medtronic, NuTech Medical, Novartis, Phillips Medical Systems, Proctor & Gamble, St. Jude Medical, Smith & Nephew, TransGenRx, or Wright Medical Technology, medical centers and hospitals, regulatory agencies like the FDA, health care groups, consulting companies, or computer application groups.  BME graduates also pursue advanced education (Master’s, PhD, medicine, dentistry, optometry, pharmacy, MD/PhD, DMD/PhD) at institutions such as Duke, Georgia Tech, Rice University, University of Pennsylvania, University of Pittsburgh, University of Texas, UAB and Vanderbilt. The BS in BME degree is also excellent preparation for further professional training such as medical or dental schools. The State of Alabama, including Birmingham, has a rapidly growing Biotechnology sector, as shown in this CNBC story.