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Biomedical Engineering

WPI’s Biomedical Engineering Department never stops on its search to uncover the next advance in therapies, devices, and products to help people live longer, healthier lives. Our department is leading diverse, cutting-edge research and product and thought innovation to develop new breakthroughs in this rapidly changing field.

We work on advances as diverse as wound-healing sutures, blood vessel engineering, vital sign monitoring for firefighters, and braces for joint stabilization. We seek to understand how physicians and patients will use devices, making these devices more user friendly and useful.

Our students and faculty collaborate on ambitious research projects to push the boundaries at the intersection of engineering, biology, and medicine, often making groundbreaking discoveries and industry-changing developments to move the field forward.

We identify emerging technologies and help launch them through development and commercialization. Students work on teams here to help advance new developments and connect theory and practice of the university.

The WPI BME faculty and staff acknowledge the pain, frustration, and anger caused by acts of racism and brutality against Black and other marginalized people in America. Their unjust treatment highlights the systemic and institutionalized racism and endemic inequality in our country. It is also clear that the pandemic has exacerbated societal inequities by disproportionately impacting communities of color.


BME faculty and staff strive to improve the human condition through the development of engineering tools and translation of scientific knowledge. We recognize that not everyone in our community is given the same opportunities, and the path of many among us is obstructed by systemic barriers and biases. Please join us in committing ourselves to fighting for social justice, and to encourage, elevate, and promote one another.  Please use the link below to provide suggestions as to how we can more effectively foster unity and a sense of belonging for all.

Degrees & Certificates

Degree is also offered online.
Area of Study Bachelor Minor Certificate Master PhD
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Haichong “Kai” Zhang is developing a light-and-sound-based image-guided robotics system to detect and monitor prostate cancer.

Professor Kai Zhang featured on Worcester News Tonight

Worcester News Tonight interviewed Haichong (Kai) Zhang, assistant professor in biomedical engineering and robotics engineering, about his five-year $1.8 million Director's Early Independence Award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). It’s to create a robotic system that will detect and analyze three different indicators of prostate cancer.

Media Coverage

Newsy spoke with Chemical Engineering Professor Mike Timko and Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering Ali Salifu about their research that found bamboo can be converted into biofuel to power vehicles and generators. wrote an article about WPI student Jordan Rosenfeld’s efforts to design and build a prosthetic leg for his rescue dog, Cleo. Jordan adopted Cleo last year, and since then, he has made it his mission to help her regain her mobility.

Meet Our Students

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Kellie Bushe '24

BS Biomedical Engineering on a Pre-Medicine track

As a pre-med and ROTC student, Kellie meets any challenge that comes her way, both inside and outside the classroom.  

Ari Trey-Masters sits next to the sign at WPI's main entrance. He's wearing a yellow Cheese Club shirt with a cow on it and jeans, and has several blocks of cheese next to him.

Ari Trey-Masters '20

BS in Biomedical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering

Ari balances academic success with leadership opportunities and being an active member of the campus community.

Dalia Shendi

Dalia Shendi

PhD, Biomedical Engineering

A BME PhD student and an IGERT Fellow relies on project-based learning and strong female role models to help chart her path to career success.

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Jordan Jones

PhD, Biomedical Engineering

Jordan's work with value creation in his biomedical engineering research taught him to apply his scientific breakthroughs in a way that makes a positive impact on humanity. 

Career Outlook

The biomedical engineering field is growing rapidly and includes careers in everything from academia and industry to laboratory research.