The Department of Biomedical Engineering is committed to the success of our students, and we provide many resources to help ensure this success. We encourage students to take advantage of the many resources available through the department and through the university.


Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)

The WPI Bioengineering Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) is a collaboration with the National Science Foundation to bring bioengineering, research, education, and outreach experiences to 10 undergraduate students (U.S. citizens and permanent residents) from traditionally disadvantaged groups: racial and ethnic minorities, women, and students from low socioeconomic status communities. The program will run from May 30 to August 4, 2023.


Teaching Facilities

Top-quality facilities bring out the best in both educators and students, and our research and teaching facilities boast the most innovative instruments and equipment available today. WPI's Life Sciences and Bioengineering Center in Gateway Park is home to graduate research laboratories, life science companies, and dynamic core facilities.

The following facilities are maintained by the Department of Biomedical Engineering to support teaching and project activities:

Bioinstrumentation and Biosignals Laboratory (Atwater Kent 014): This teaching laboratory provides the necessary equipment and supplies for the computer-based acquisition and processing of biological signals. It supports the laboratory component of many biomedical engineering courses in bioinstrumentation, biosensors, and bioelectric signal processing.

The lab is also available for project activities and graduate-level research and is equipped with digital multimeters, waveform generators, power supplies, oscilloscopes, data acquisition equipment and the necessary accessories and electronic components for effective and productive hardware project development.

Biomechanics Teaching Facility (Goddard Hall 207): This laboratory provides experimental and computational facilities for biomechanical human balance control and body movement analysis.

The laboratory is equipped with two AMTI AccuSway Balance force platforms, NetForce acquisition and BioAnalysis software, and AnyBody software. This laboratory is also supplied with Instron 5544, Instron E3000, and Instron 34SC, and BlueHill software, which are necessary for these measurements and strength tests and has specialized electromechanical equipment for compression, tension, and torsion testing, as well as force plates for pressure analyses.

Physiology Teaching Facility (Goddard Hall 306): This teaching facility is used for some hands on learning of human systems using new modern technology such as handheld ultrasound and EKG sensors that connect to mobile devices. The laboratory and associated animal holding quarters also contain all the necessary

equipment and supplies for anesthesia, surgery, and physiologic manipulation in small animals. This facility is shared with the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department.

Cell Culture Teaching Facility (Goddard Hall 007): This teaching facility is equipped with biosafety cabinets, CO2 incubators, inverted fluorescence microscope, student microscopes, ovens, centrifuges, and dry baths.

Biomaterials Teaching Facility (Salisbury Labs 219): This lab has equipment and supplies for students to learn about the design, fabrication, and characterization of biomaterials for medical applications.