Inamori School of Engineering

Biomaterials Engineering (BME)

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What do Biomaterials Engineers do?
Biomaterials Engineering is an interdisciplinary field that studies how materials interact with living organisms. Implantable devices like pacemakers, defibrillators, and artificial joints must be biocompatible while carrying out complex chemical, mechanical, and electrical functions. Sensors used in medical diagnostics must recognize pathogens while ignoring a multitude of closely related molecules. Biomaterials Engineers apply their knowledge of engineering and biology to design, develop and test health systems and products.

What will I study?
As a student in our Biomaterials Engineering program, you will get a solid foundation in both materials science and cellular biology. During your first year, you will take Introduction to Engineering, General Biology II, and the Biomaterials Engineering Exploration Lab in addition to foundation courses in math and chemistry. Over the next four years, you will gain the expertise needed to solve real-world biomaterials problems through a blend of classroom and laboratory experiences. During your senior year, you will work on a thesis project with a faculty advisor on topics like anti-inflammatory bioactive glasses, ceramic orthopedic implants, and bone-healing materials.

The minor in biomaterials is ideal for students who would like to learn more about biomaterials while majoring in biology, chemistry, or any of our other engineering majors.

What will I do after graduation?
The Biomaterials Engineering program is designed to educate engineers who will become leaders in addressing the issues that arise from the interface between non-living materials and biological systems. Graduates are well prepared to further their educational and career goals in the healthcare professions, including medical school, graduate school, or law school. Our graduates are also employed at prestigious companies and organizations as engineers, research scientists, analysts, and teaching faculty. Learn more about Careers in Biomaterials Engineering.

Why study Biomaterials Engineering at Alfred University?

  • A hands-on curriculum that introduces students to biomaterials in their first year of college
  • Plenty of opportunities for undergraduate research and access to state-of-the-art research facilities
  • A senior-thesis project that allows you to showcase your research skills and demonstrate your creative talents for solving real-world problems
  • Small class sizes and a dedicated faculty

The university will seek ABET accreditation for the Biomaterials Engineering program in the near future. In the meantime, the Biomaterials Engineering program will be operated using the same practices as our accredited engineering programs.

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Inamori School of Engineering
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