Department of Biomedical Engineering

http://engineering.tamu.edu/biomedical

Head: M. McShane

Graduate Advisor: R. Kaunas
 

The Department of Biomedical Engineering offers several graduate degrees.  The Ph.D. and M.S. programs are research-based and require a thesis, while the M.Eng. degree focuses on preparing students for industry and involves an internship. Through our collaborations with Mays Business School, there is also a Master of Engineering/Master of Business Administration program.  For more information, including degree requirements and application deadlines, visit http://engineering.tamu.edu/biomedical.

Committed to solving the world's greatest health problems through the exploration of new ideas, integrated research and innovation, the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Texas A&M University is producing the next generation of biomedical engineers in industry and at tier-one research institutions, developing new technologies and new jobs, and achieving revolutionary advancements for the future of health care.

Graduate students in the Department of Biomedical Engineering participate in groundbreaking research in Imaging Technologies, Medical Devices, Regenerative Medicine, and Sensing and Monitoring, while interacting with outstanding faculty members who have strong collaborations with the college of science, medicine and veterinary medicine as well as faculty, medical doctors and industry personnel from around the globe.

Doctor of Philosophy

With this degree option, students complete a minimum of 64 or 96 hours on their degree plans. The total number of hours on the degree plan as well as the required number of hours of formal coursework is dependent upon the student’s previous degree(s). As part of this research-intensive degree, students will write and defend a dissertation.  A Ph.D. requires a committee of four or more graduate level faculty members, including one faculty to act as the primary adviser for each candidate. Students may enter this program with a master’s or bachelor’s degree in engineering or an equivalent field. (If the degree is not in engineering, leveling courses may be required.) Students entering with only a bachelor’s degree will be required to complete a 96-hour degree plan, and students who have earned a master’s degree at a U.S. institution will only be required to complete a 64-hour degree plan.

Master of Science

Students interested in an M.S. degree complete a minimum of 32 hours on their degree plans, of which 24 hours is formal coursework. As part of this research-based degree, students are required to write and defend their final thesis. An M.S. requires a committee of three or more graduate level faculty members, one of which must act as the primary adviser for each candidate. Students admitted into this program must have a bachelor’s degree in engineering or an equivalent field (if the degree is not in engineering, leveling courses may be required).  Students with the ultimate goal of pursuing a PhD should apply directly to the PhD program.

Master of Engineering

The Department of Biomedical Engineering offers an M.Eng. degree in which students complete a minimum of 30 hours on their degree plans, of which 27 hours is formal coursework. Geared toward industry, students in this degree program are required to complete an internship and final project. Students admitted into this program must have a bachelor’s degree in engineering or an equivalent field (if the degree is not in engineering, leveling courses may be required.)

ME/MBA Cooperative

In conjunction with Mays Business School, the Department of Biomedical Engineering offers a M.Eng./MBA degree that allows students to complete both degrees in approximately 2.5 years. This program prepares students for leadership roles in many areas of biomedical engineering and business with specific MBA training in leadership, management, human resources, teambuilding, communications, marketing, finance, accounting, strategy and technology. The program also allows for an optional self-designed specialization for the BMEN student (may require enrollment in additional semesters). The goal of the BMEN/MBA degree program is to produce leaders in biomedical engineering and business. More specific details about the curriculum and degree timeline can be found here.

Certificate Programs

Quality Engineering for Regulated Medical Technologies

Quality engineering principles are mandated by federal and state regulations for clinical facilities and for the design, testing and manufacture of medical technologies, such as pharmaceuticals and imaging, diagnostic and therapeutic devices. Completion of this certificate requires specific instruction in quality engineering and regulation of medical technologies; moreover, candidates must go beyond understanding concepts and demonstrate appropriate usage of quality engineering principles in a medically related internship. Given the challenging demands for both better outcomes and lower costs in medical care, candidates for this certificate are expected to be entering a high-growth job market for engineers.

For more information, including degree requirements and application deadlines, visit http://engineering.tamu.edu/biomedical.

BMEN 604 FDA Good Laboratory and Clinical Practices

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Implementation of Good Laboratory Practices (GLP) for the submission of preclinical studies and use of Good Clinical Practices (GCP) in clinical trials in accordance with Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations; includes similarities and differences in GLP and GCP critical for the introduction of new drugs and medical devices.
Prerequisite: Graduate classification or approval of instructor.

BMEN 606 Medical Device Path to Market

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Path to market for a medical device with specific attention to the regulatory affairs to enable the development of an appropriate regulatory strategy due to the highly regulated global environment.
Prerequisite: Graduate classification or approval of instructor.

BMEN 608 Biophotonics II

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Photon transport in tissue; photon scattering and absorption; Mie scattering; Monte Carlo; optical spectroscopy, including absorption, fluorescence, and Raman scattering; multiphoton processes; plasmonics.
Prerequisite: BMEN 625 or approval of instructor.

BMEN 613 Principles and Analysis of Physiological Control Systems

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Techniques for generating quantitative mathematical models of physiological control systems and devices; the behavior of physiological control systems using both time and frequency domain methods.
Prerequisites: Graduate classification or approval of instructor.

BMEN 622 Bioelectromagnetism

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Electric, magnetic and electromagnetic phenomena in association with biological tissues; source modeling based on physiological current including line and volume conductor models as well as electromagnetic-based stimulation, sensing and imaging.
Prerequisite: Graduate classification or approval of instructor.

BMEN 625 Biophotonics

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Theory and application of optical instrumentation, including light sources, lasers, detectors, and optical fibers; instrumentation and engineering in biomedical applications of optics in therapeutics, diagnostics, and biosensing.
Prerequisite: Graduate classification or approval of instructor.

BMEN 627/ECEN 763 Magnetic Resonance Engineering

Credits 3. 2 Lecture Hours. 3 Lab Hours.

Design, construction and application of instrumentation for MR imaging; fundamentals of the architecture of an MR spectrometer and the gradient subsystem used for image localization; emphasis on the radiofrequency sensors and systems used for signal generation and reception.
Prerequisites: BMEN major; graduate classification or approval of instructor.
Cross Listing: ECEN 763/BMEN 627.

BMEN 628 Embedded Systems for Medical Applications

Credits 3. 2 Lecture Hours. 3 Lab Hours.

Principles of embedded system architecture and programming; fundamentals and theoretical foundations of wireless communication systems; hands-on experiences of how an embedded system could be used to solve problems in biomedical engineering; projects on wireless sensors and imaging for medical devices.
Prerequisite: Graduate classification or approval of instructor.

BMEN 631 Biomolecular Engineering

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Foundations for understanding the experimental approaches for measuring and manipulating biomolecules; proteins, nucleic acids, and carbohydrates; thermodynamics and kinetics of biomolecular reactions.
Prerequisite: Graduate classification or approval of instructor.

BMEN 632 Molecular and Cellular Biomechanics

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Introduces biomolecules and their assemblies that play structural and dynamical roles in subcellular to cellular level mechanics, with emphasis on quantitative/theoretical descriptions, and discussions of the relevant experiment approaches to probe these nano to micro-scale phenomena; including topics in (1) self-assembly of cytoskeleton and biomembranes, (2) molecular motors, (3) cell motility, and mechanotransduction.
Prerequisites: Graduate classification or approval of instructor.

BMEN 635 Biomaterials Compatibility

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Relevance of mechanical and physical properties to implant selection and design; effect of the body environment on metallic, ceramic and plastic materials; tissue engineering; rejection mechanisms used by the body to maintain homeostasis regulatory requirements.
Prerequisites: Approval of instructor.

BMEN 636 Pathophysiology of Systemic Diseases Augmented with Implantable Devices

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Clinical presentation of patients with systemic diseases and the pathophysiologic interrelationship with therapeutic implantable devices; processes of inflammation/repair as it applies to challenges of therapeutic augmentation with implantable devices; systems covered include cardiovascular, central nervous system, eye, dental, gastrointestinal, musculoskeletal, endocrine, reproductive/urogenital, skin/soft tissue; implantable device intervention as a therapeutic adjunct in systemic diseases.
Prerequisites: Graduate classification or approval of instructor.

BMEN 637 Pathological Basis of Implantable Devices

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Understanding the relationship that clinical presentation has for patients with primary heart disease; inflammation and repair, systematic pathology emphasis on cardiovascular disease, and the implantable device intervention as a therapeutic adjunct in the heart.
Prerequisite: Graduate classification or approval of instructor.

BMEN 641 Numerical Methods in Biomedical Engineering

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Application of numerical analysis to analyze molecular, cellular and physiological systems; general techniques used to analyze steady and dynamic systems; techniques will be applied in a MATLAB programming environment.
Prerequisite: Graduate classification or approval of instructor.

BMEN 642 Mass and Energy Transfer in Biosystems

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Understanding the transport phenomena associated with physiological systems and their interaction with medical devices; exchange processes in artificial life support systems and diagnostic equipment.
Prerequisite: Graduate classification or approval of instructor.

BMEN 643 Risk Based Development and Testing of Medical Devices

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Focus on the detailed design and development phases of the design innovation process for healthcare applications; includes medical device development projects in which teams will work on innovative medical devices that progressed through the concept phase of the development life cycle; includes detailed design and development, risk based design process, including the conduct of hazards analysis, design FMEA, application FMEA, process FMEA, device manufacturing, device testing and FDA design verification and validation.
Prerequisites: Enrolled in master of engineering in biomedical engineering; graduate classification or approval of instructor.

BMEN 650 Biomedical Optics Laboratory

Credits 3. 2 Lecture Hours. 3 Lab Hours.

Biomedical optics technology; basic engineering principles used in developing therapeutic and diagnostic devices; a series of hands-on labs will be performed including optical monitoring, diagnostic and therapeutic experiments.
Prerequisite: Graduate classification or approval of instructor.

BMEN 657 Orthopedic Biomechanics

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Fundamental course in orthopedic biomechanics designed to develop competencies in biomechanical principles using practical examples and clinical case studies of how biomechanical knowledge is applied to the evaluation of musculoskeletal tissues and structures, and treatment options for musculoskeletal dysfunction.
Prerequisite(s): Admitted into the major degree sequence in Biomedical Engineering and graduate classification.

BMEN 658 Motion Biomechanics

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Skeletal anatomy and mechanics; muscle anatomy and mechanics; theory and application of electromyography; motion and force measuring equipment and techniques; inverse dynamics modeling of the human body; current topics in musculoskeletal biomechanics research.
Prerequisites: Graduate classification or approval of instructor.

BMEN 661 Cardiac Mechanics

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Application of continuum mechanics and computational solid mechanics to the study of the mammalian heart; utilization of continuum mechanics and finite element analysis in solving non-linear boundary value problems in biomechanics.
Prerequisite: Graduate classification or approval of instructor.

BMEN 663 Soft Tissue Mechanics and Finite Element Methods

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Application of continuum mechanics and finite element methods to the study of the mechanical behavior or soft tissues and associative applications in biomedicine.
Prerequisite: Graduate classification or approval of instructor.

BMEN 669 Entrepreneurial Pathways in Medical Devices

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Overview of fundamental elements and development steps for an effective strategy pathway including regulatory pathway for commercialization of medical product/medical device innovations; application of the basic regulations and associated requirements and enforcements for product market approval; exploration of product quality test method design requirements; understanding of the applicable regulations and standards pertaining to the design, testing, approval and marketing of medical devices.
Prerequisite: Graduate classification or approval of instructor.

BMEN 674 Communications in Biomedical Engineering

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

General concepts for communicating the results of biomedical research including written papers, conference proceedings, proposals and grants, as well as oral presentations and basic ethics.
Prerequisite: Approval of instructor.

BMEN 675 Biomedical Case Studies

Credit 1. 1 Lecture Hour.

Introduction to the engineering design process for solving biomedical problems by using the case study method in biomedical instrument design.
Prerequisite: Approval of instructor.

BMEN 676 Professional Development for Biomedical Engineering

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Advanced concepts in professional interactions including oral and written communications; skills related to interviewing and obtaining job offers and understanding employment compensation and benefits; professional ethics.
Prerequisite: Graduate classification or approval of instructor.

BMEN 680 Biomedical Engineering of Tissues

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Introduction to engineering strategies used to repair tissue; literature-grounded overview of current strategies using stem cells, 3D scaffolds and drug/gene delivery including ethical considerations of these therapies.
Prerequisite: Graduate classification or approval of instructor.

BMEN 681 Seminar

Credit 1. 1 Lecture Hour.

Designed to permit student to broaden capability, performance and perspective in biomedical engineering via his or her own formal presentation and by presentations from other professionals.
Prerequisite: Approval of instructor.

BMEN 682 Polymeric Biomaterials

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Preparation, properties, and biomedical applications of polymers including polymerization; structure-property relationships; molecular weight and measurement; morphology; thermal transitions; network formation; mechanical behavior; polymeric surface modification; polymer biocompatibility and bioadhesion; polymers in medicine, dentistry, and surgery; polymers for drug delivery; polymeric hydrogels; and biodegradable polymers.
Prerequisites: Graduate classification or approval of instructor.

BMEN 683 Polymeric Biomaterial Synthesis

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Overview of polymer synthetic routes and key structure-property relationships with emphasis on the design of polymeric systems to achieve specific properties; tissue engineering and drug delivery applications will be used as model systems to explore the process of biomaterial design from synthesis to device evaluation.
Prerequisite: Graduate classification or approval of instructor.

BMEN 684 Professional Internship

Credits 1 to 12. 1 to 12 Other Hours.

Training under the supervision of practicing engineers in settings appropriate to the student's professional objectives.
Prerequisites: Approval of chair of student's advisory committee and department head.

BMEN 685 Directed Studies

Credits 1 to 12. 1 to 12 Other Hours.

Allows students the opportunity to undertake and complete, for credit, limited investigations not included within thesis or dissertation research and not covered by other courses. May be repeated for credit.
Prerequisites: Approval of designated instructor and approved project proposal.

BMEN 686 Biomedical Nanotechnology

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Introduction to nanotechnology applications in biomedicine; concepts of scale; unique properties at the nanoscale; biological interaction, transport, and biocompatibility of nanomaterials; current research and development of nanotechnology for medical applications, including sensors, diagnostic tools, drug delivery systems, therapeutic devices, and interactions of cells and biomolecules with nanostructured surfaces.
Prerequisite: Graduate classification or approval of instructor.

BMEN 687 Drug Delivery

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Mechanisms for controlled release of pharmaceutically active agents and the development of useful drug delivery systems; controlled release mechanisms including diffusive, convective and erosive driving forces by using case studies related to oral, topical and parenteral release in a frontier interdisciplinary scientific research format.
Prerequisite: Graduate classification in biomedical engineering or approval of instructor.

BMEN 689 Special Topics in...

Credits 1 to 4. 1 to 4 Lecture Hours. 0 to 4 Lab Hours.

Selected topics in an identified area of biomedical engineering. May be repeated for credit.
Prerequisite: Approval of instructor.

BMEN 691 Research

Credits 1 to 23. 1 to 23 Other Hours.

Research for thesis or dissertation.

Adjei, Isaac, Assistant Professor
Biomedical Engineering
PHD, Case Western Reserve University, 2014

Alge, Daniel L, Associate Professor
Biomedical Engineering
PHD, Purdue University, 2010

Avazmohammadi, Reza, Assistant Professor
Biomedical Engineering
PHD, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 2014

Biswas, Saurabh, Associate Professor of the Practice
Biomedical Engineering
PHD, Texas A&M University, 2011

Bukkapatnam, Satish T, Professor
Biomedical Engineering
PHD, Pennsylvania State University, 1997

Clubb Jr, Fred J, Professor
Biomedical Engineering
PHD, University of Alabama - Birmingham, 1983
DVM, Auburn University, 1971

Cote, Gerard L, Professor
Biomedical Engineering
PHD, University of Connecticut, 1990

Criscione, John C, Professor
Biomedical Engineering
PHD, The John Hopkins University School of Medicine, 2005

Fink, Rainer J, Associate Professor
Biomedical Engineering
PHD, Texas A&M University, 1995

Freed, Alan D, Professor
Biomedical Engineering
DEN, University of Wisconsin - Madison, 1985

Gaharwar, Akhilesh K, Associate Professor
Biomedical Engineering
PHD, Purdue University, 2011

Gibbs, Holly C, Lecturer
Biomedical Engineering
PHD, Texas A&M University, 2015

Gonezen, Sevan, Assistant Professor
Biomedical Engineering
PHD, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 2011

Gregory, Carl A, Assistant Professor
Biomedical Engineering
PHD, University of Manchester, 1999

Grunlan, Melissa A, Professor
Biomedical Engineering
PHD, University of South Carolina, 2004

Guiseppi Elie, Anthony, Professor
Biomedical Engineering
PHD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1983
DVM, University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica, 1979

Han, Arum, Professor
Biomedical Engineering
PHD, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2005

Haridas, Balakrishna, Professor of the Practice
Biomedical Engineering
PHD, University of Cincinnati, 2001

Hogan, Harry A, Associate Professor
Biomedical Engineering
PHD, Texas A&M University, 1984

Hwang, Wonmuk, Associate Professor
Biomedical Engineering
PHD, Boston University, 2001

Jafari, Roozbeh, Professor
Biomedical Engineering
PHD, University of California, 2006

Jain, Abhishek, Assistant Professor
Biomedical Engineering
PHD, Boston University, 2012

Jayaraman, Arul, Professor
Biomedical Engineering
PHD, University of California, Irvine, 1998

Jessen, Staci, Lecturer
Biomedical Engineering
PHD, Texas A&M University, 2016

Kaunas, Roland R, Associate Professor
Biomedical Engineering
PHD, University of California, San Diego, 2003

Keller, Brandis K, Lecturer
Biomedical Engineering
PHD, Politecnico di Milano, 2013

Lawley, Mark A, Professor
Biomedical Engineering
PHD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1995

Mabbott, Samuel, Assistant Professor
Biomedical Engineering
PHD, University of Manchester, Manchester Interdisciplinary Biocentre, 2012

Maitland IV, Duncan J, Professor
Biomedical Engineering
PHD, Northwestern University, 1995

Maitland, Kristen D, Associate Professor
Biomedical Engineering
PHD, University of Texas, 2006

McDougall, Mary P, Associate Professor
Biomedical Engineering
PHD, Texas A&M University, 2004

McShane II, Michael J, Professor
Biomedical Engineering
PHD, Texas A&M University, 1999

Moreno, Michael R, Assistant Professor
Biomedical Engineering
PHD, Texas A&M University, 2009

Patrick, Charles, Professor of the Practice
Biomedical Engineering
PHD, Rice University, 1994

Peak, Charles W, Instructional Assistant Professor
Biomedical Engineering
PHD, Texas A&M University, 2018

Peterson, Donald, Professor
Biomedical Engineering
PHD, University of Connecticut, 1999

Quick, Christopher M, Associate Professor
Biomedical Engineering
PHD, Rutgers University, 1999

Raghavan, Shreya, Assistant Professor
Biomedical Engineering
PHD, Virginia Tech-Wake Forest University School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences, 2014

Rajagopal, Kumbakonam, Professor
Biomedical Engineering
PHD, University of Minnesota, 1978

Tian, Limei, Assistant Professor
Biomedical Engineering
PHD, Washington University in St. Louis, 2014

Trache, Andreea, Associate Professor
Biomedical Engineering
PHD, Institute of Atomic Physics, Romania, 1996

Ugaz, Victor M, Professor
Biomedical Engineering
PHD, Northwestern University, 1999

Walsh, Alexandra, Assistant Professor
Biomedical Engineering
PHD, Vanderbilt University, 2015

Wright, Steven M, Professor
Biomedical Engineering
PHD, University of Illinois, 1984

Yakovlev, Vladislav V, Professor
Biomedical Engineering
PHD, Moscow State University, 1990

Yeh, Alvin T, Associate Professor
Biomedical Engineering
PHD, University of California, Berkeley, 2000

Zhang, Xudong, Professor
Biomedical Engineering
PHD, University of Michigan Ann Arbor, 1997