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.

 

 
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  • ki-profile

    Faculty Profile

    Name: Ki H. Chon
    Department: Biomedical Engineering
    Title: Professor and Department Head

    Professor Chon’s research and teaching interests include medical instrumentation, biomedical signal processing, and identification and modeling of physiological systems.

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  • kristin-billar-profile

    Faculty Profile

    Name: Kristen L. Billiar
    Department: Biomedical Engineering
    Title: Associate Professor

    Professor Billiar is part of a team that received a $1.4 million award for a study that will use technology to help doctors predict the onset of certain causes of heart attacks and stroke.

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  • glenn-gaudette-profile

    Faculty Profile

    Name: Glenn R. Gaudette
    Department: Biomedical Engineering
    Title: Associate Professor

    A research team led by Professor Gaudette developed a novel technology that a surgeon could use to deliver stem cells to targeted areas of the body to repair diseased or damaged tissue.

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  • Fraser

    Faculty Profile

    Name: Domhnull Granquist-Fraser
    Department: Biomedical Engineering
    Title: Assistant Professor

    Professor Granquist-Fraser’s interests include biomedical instrumentation and biomorphic engineering design, with an emphasis on neuromorphic signal processing.

  • yitzhak-mendelson-profile

    Faculty Profile

    Name: Yitzhak Mendelson
    Department: Biomedical Engineering
    Title: Associate Professor

    In addition to teaching, Professor Mendelson is also a consultant to major medical instrumentation companies in the field of optical applications to medical diagnostics.

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  • raymond-page-profile

    Faculty Profile

    Name: Raymond L. Page
    Department: Biomedical Engineering
    Title: Assistant Professor

    A primary focus of Professor Page’s research program is the study of cell differentiation and development of methods to generate less differentiated therapeutically useful cells.

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  • george-pins-profile

    Faculty Profile

    Name: George D. Pins
    Department: Biomedical Engineering
    Title: Associate Professor

    The objective of Professor Pins’ research is to create bioengineered replacements for damaged tissues and organs. His teaching interests include cell and tissue engineering.

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  • marsha-rolle-profile

    Faculty Profile

    Name: Marsha Rolle
    Department: Biomedical Engineering
    Title: Assistant Professor

    Professor Rolle’s teaching and research interests include cardiovascular tissue engineering, cell-based tissue regeneration and repair, and cell-mediated ECM synthesis and assembly.

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