What is biomedical engineering? Learn about the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Texas A&M University and hear directly from a student in the program.
When I grew up, my older sister was diagnosed with epilepsy. And that's really scary thinking about just future as far as driving and other things like that. She now lives medication free and a completely normal life aside from the device that she has implanted inside of her. So to see our family kind of not go from not knowing what her life is going to look like, and not knowing how the future is going to look and then seeing that restored hope that someone could provide from their job was something that I thought was so incredible, and something I wanted to be a part of, if I had the chance. Howdy, I'm John Kwan. I am a senior in the biomedical engineering department at Texas A&M.Michelle Revels:
Biomedical engineering is a diverse multidisciplinary field that uses engineering principles from mechanical, electrical, chemical, materials science, chemistry, mathematics and computer science. These principles are then integrated with human biology using engineering problem solving skills to improve human health and healthcare, ranging from the cellular level to prosthetics. Students choose the biomedical engineering field to be of service to people to partake in the excitement of working with living systems and to apply advanced technology to the complex problems of healthcare. Students in the Department of Biomedical Engineering undergo rigorous training across four technical focus areas, biomechanics, biomaterials, bioinstrumentation, and biomolecular and cellular engineering. They learn about the materials, mechanics and instrumentation that goes into medical devices, including, but not limited to, pacemakers, stents, artificial hips and hearts, including how to meet the special requirements for FDA approval.John Kwan:
What I'm really excited as far as biomedical engineering can do and can grow into is it is still a young field, really where the health care field meets engineering. And so it's this exciting ability to see this technology that we've been working toward improve people's lives and extend people's lives even further.Michelle Revels:
Learn more about the biomedical engineering department by visiting engineering.tamu.edu/biomedical.