Florida Tech Offers New Biomedical Engineering Degree in Fall 2012

MELBOURNE, FLA.—The Florida Institute of Technology’s College of Engineering will offer a new undergraduate degree in biomedical engineering starting Fall 2012.

Biomedical engineering applies engineering and science methodologies to the analysis of biological and physiological problems and to the delivery of health care. Biomedical engineers develop devices and procedures that solve medical and health-related problems by combining their knowledge of biology and medicine with engineering principles and practices.

“I worked in this field for several years as a researcher and found it abounds with multitudes of challenging and exciting problems to be solved,” said Fred Ham, interim dean, College of Engineering and Harris Professor. “This field closes the gap between engineering and medicine, and is an excellent fit with our existing curriculum. Our students graduating with a degree in biomedical engineering will be well positioned to work in a variety of areas where they can improve the quality of human health and life,” he added.

In pursuing the biomedical engineering degree at Florida Tech, students can take biomedical engineering courses as freshmen, participate in clinical research projects conducted by medical doctors and dentists, and are offered many co-op, internship and job opportunities.

The program at Florida Tech is a pathway for students to get admitted to top medical and dental schools. It will prepare graduates to pursue technical careers addressing challenges in the field and to effectively function and provide leadership to multidisciplinary teams.

“We believe there will be great student interest in this degree program, which combines the design and problem-solving skills of the engineer with the medical and biological sciences. Its practitioners will improve healthcare diagnosis, monitoring and therapy,” said Hamid Rassoul, dean of the College of Science.

To learn more about the biomedical engineering program, visit http://www.fit.edu/programs/ugrad/bs_biomedical_engineering/

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