Graduate Education

Biomedical Engineering PhD and Biomedical Engineering MS

Offered jointly with the University of South Dakota (USD), biomedical engineering is concerned with the application of engineering and science methodologies to the analysis of biological and physiological problems to the delivery of health care. The biomedical engineer serves as an interface between traditional engineering disciplines and living systems and may work in either direction, applying the patterns of living organism to engineering design or engineering new approaches to human health.

Both the master of science and doctor of philosophy degrees are cross-disciplinary degrees. The objective of the MS program is to prepare a student for research and development careers in biomedical industry and further research at the doctoral level. The PhD program will prepare a student for a career as a researcher who advances the frontiers of biomedical science and engineering with attention to generating new ideas for commercialization.

Current focus areas of faculty activity within the program are biomaterials (nanomaterials, bioadhesives, tissue engineering, etc.); computational biomedical engineering (biomechanics, imaging, advanced modeling/simulations, etc.), assistive technology/rehabilitation engineering (advanced prosthetics, control, biomimetics, etc.), and biomolecular and genetic engineering. Students in the programs will be associated with one or more of several departments existing and research centers and laboratories, e.g., the Center for Accelerated Applications at the Nanoscale, the Center for development of Light Activated Materials, the Computation Mechanics Laboratory, or the Direct Write Technology Laboratory.

Admission to either program will be based on the established graduate admission standards at the School of Mines. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE), three letters of recommendation, and a GPA of 3.00 or better are expected of all applicants for the PhD program. The TOEFL exam is required for students whose native language is not English. Students seeking exceptions warranted by special circumstances are requested to contact the biomedical engineering graduate program coordinator.

Biomedical Engineering MS

Students completing their MS degrees will graduate with a high level of competence in:
•    The application and characterization of various forms of biomaterials
•    The acquisition and processing of medical signals and images
•    The computation and simulation of phenomena in biomechanical systems
•    Transferring their understanding of biomaterials, biomechanics, and signal processing to the creation of new applications

Biomedical Engineering PhD

Students completing their PhD degrees will graduate with a higher level of expertise in transferring their understanding of one of the program focus areas – cardiovascular mechanics/pathology/devices, biomaterials, computation biomedical engineering, or rehabilitation engineering/assistive technology to the creation of new knowledge and applications.

In addition, doctoral students will possess a high level of expertise in their specialized area of research. This competency will be developed through focused research objectives, which culminate in the doctoral dissertation. Graduates of the programs will also demonstrate:

  • The ability to communicate effectively in written and oral presentations
  • Intellectual honesty when working with data and ideas
  • The ability to make an original contribute to their field