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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.

Degrees & Certificates

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

The Telegram & Gazette reported on the supplies WPI faculty collected to donate to the medical facilities in the region as colleges and universities across the Commonwealth respond to the COVID-19 outbreak. The university is donating roughly 35,000 gloves and 1,000 surgical masks, along with protective gowns, shoe covers and other needed materials.

In addition to collecting and donating protective supplies like masks and gloves to local hospitals during the coronavirus outbreak, WPI is also offering other services, such as printing supplies via 3-D printers, MassLive reported.

News

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WPI’s Greg Fischer spearheading an effort to develop and share designs for creating ventilators.
April 01, 2020
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Kristen Billiar, department head and professor of biomedical engineering.
January 30, 2020

Research Awards

Glenn Gaudette, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, received a $2M award from The Kern Family Foundation to help WPI infuse its pioneering project-based curriculum with an entrepreneurial mindset.

Career Outlook

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