About the Department
Engineering and Medical Sciences Converge to Impact Quality of Life
At the crossroads of engineering, biology, and medicine lies an exciting science making historic breakthroughs that are extending lives, re-enabling the disabled, and vastly improving our quality of life. The science is biomedical engineering, and WPI is at the forefront of research that is leading to many of these breathtaking developments.
A Department Built on Continuous Growth
The Biomedical Engineering (BME) Department began as a graduate program within the Electrical Engineering Department in 1962. BME’s strong growth and increase in research funding resulted in the creation of a graduate-level BME Department in 1988. An undergraduate program was added in 1996.
Reaching Out to the Business and Medical Communities
The department is located in Gateway Park, but our programs and affiliations extend well beyond the main campus. Many BME faculty members are also actively involved with the WPI Bioengineering Institute (BEI), which is focused on forging collaborative partnerships to create innovative and cost-effective biomedical products and solutions.