Our Role in UB's Strategic Plan

Realizing UB 2020 Objectives

There are four objectives outlined in the plan to realize UB 2020, and the department is committed to helping UB to achieve these objectives. We are committed to achieving excellence in research and scholarship, and to fostering a spirit of innovation in the biomedical field. We strive to provide a relevant educational experience for our students that prepares for an impactful career. These are the underpinnings of our Department’s mission to Engineer a Healthier Future.

The Biomedical Engineering Department is a link between the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, enabling university-wide partnerships and resource utilization. As such, we are well positioned to support the Realizing UB 2020 Themes centered on Health and Innovation.

Health - At the heart of biomedical engineering is the goal to apply engineering problem solving skills to improve the health of humans. Our faculty are engaged in developing new approaches, devices and new knowledge that can be used to keep us healthier, to fight diseases, to better monitor the body, and to replicate and replace damaged organs. Our students are learning the fundamentals and applying this knowledge as part of their education that goes on in and out of the classroom.

Innovation – Innovation is at the heart of what engineers do. In biomedical engineering, we create new models, new devices, new systems that are focused on the human body – from cells to tissues to organs. Our students are engaged in learning how to innovate. For example, one of our newest initiatives is to create the Institute for Biomedical Entrepreneurship and Design (iBMED). iBMED will become an integral part of the Department of Biomedical Engineering, providing unique, non-traditional educational opportunities for students to learn how to innovate.