Quick facts about the Biomedical Engineering Department


Founded 1979 - Graduate Program
2001 - Undergraduate Program
Department Chair Jianyi "Jay" Zhang, M.D., Ph.D.
Number of faculty 11 core faculty, 50 secondary, 6 adjunct, 3 emeritus
Undergraduate students 250
Graduate students 45



UAB is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org/ one of only 79 BME Departments to achieve ABET accreditation.  The Biomedical Engineering Degree Program at UAB is the only accredited BME program in the State of Alabama.

In October 2012, CNNMoney listed biomedical engineering atop its list of the "best jobs in America."

In May 2012, Forbes listed biomedical engineering as the top major most worth your tuition, time and effort.  Analysts at PayScale, a compensation research firm, compared its database with 120 college majors and job growth projections through 2020 from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics to determine the 15 most valuable majors in the current marketplace.  Ranked by median starting pay, median mid-career pay (at least 10 years in), growth in salary and wealth of job opportunities, biomedical engineering came in at No. 1 on the list.  The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 61.7 percent growth of job opportunities in the field, the most of any other major on the list.