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 National Science Foundation (NSF) awarding WPI a $1 million grant to help low-income, high-achieving students earn a STEM degree from the university. WPI Director of Multicultural Affairs and Biomedical Engineering Professor Tiffiny Butler is principal investigator, while Katherine Chen, executive director of the STEM Education Center, is co-principal investigator. 

The Associated Press published a Telegram & Gazette article on WPI’s Haichong (Kai) Zhang, assistant professor in biomedical engineering and robotics engineering, and 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.

News

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Kristen Billiar, department head and professor of biomedical engineering.
January 30, 2020
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December 16, 2019

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.