Why choose the University of Michigan for your graduate degree in biomedical engineering?
Size = reach
U-M has one of the largest BME graduate programs in the U.S. and has awarded more advanced degrees than any other BME department in the country. As a result, not only is the caliber of a U-M BME degree well-recognized in industry and academic circles, but there is a large pool of alumni with whom to foster collaborations both during and upon completion of your degree.
Please take a look at some of our distinguished alumni and the work that they are doing.
With a department of this size, no matter what your area of interest, there is likely to be a faculty lab doing cutting-edge research in that area.
But the breadth of the department is only half the story. The other half is its depth. This is evidenced by the amount of research funding we are consistently awarded:
- U-M BME is one of only 10 universities to have received the prestigious Coulter Translational Research Partnership Award supporting BME-clinician partnerships in translational research.
- We are consistently ranked in the top 10 for NIH research funding and top 6 in overall funding for BME departments.
- We house the world-renowned Center for Neural Communication Technology, which is working to develop permanent high-fidelity neural probes to treat major neurological diseases.
Faculty research: See some of the research priorities of our faculty.
Graduate Student Research: Check out a sampling of recent graduate students' translational research.
Because U-M is the only university in the country with top-ranked engineering, medical, and business schools on the same campus, the opportunities for research that translates both into improved clinical care and market success are unrivaled.
One example of this is Michigan Engineering's Center for Entrepreneurship, which works with the Business School to foster engineering entrepreneurship.
In addition to campus-wide resources are those within the state's thriving biotechnology corridor, where more than 500 biotech and life sciences firms bring laboratory successes to market.
A clear result of these linkages are the numerous student, alumni, and faculty start-ups that have become successful business ventures.
BME features three state-of-the-art buildings on U-M's North Campus. The newest is a stunning 20,000 square foot facility with an open-plan design featuring a "wall of glass" in the lab wing. The result is not only a sunny space with a view to the outdoors, but one that lends itself to natural collaboration, as well.
The equipment it houses is equally stunning. One example is the EOS Formiga P100 Selective Laser Sintering Machine, which uses high-speed lasers to build prototypes from a special polymer powder.
Please take a closer look at the facilities that will support your work at U-M.
U-M's BME Department is well-funded and is positioning itself to be at the center of Southeast Michigan's economic recovery. Thanks to not only state funding but vigorous private and corporate giving, the university is able to generously support our graduate students through fellowships and positions as graduate student instructors and research assistants. All successful BME PhD are fully supported by their research advisors, through external or internal fellowships, or as GSIs.
Quality of life
The University of Michigan's home, Ann Arbor, is consistently ranked as one of the top places to live. It is a safe, vibrant, progressive college town with parks, restaurants, museums, sports, and a commitment to the arts.