It is an exciting time and place to be a biomedical engineer. The Department has grown rapidly in size and reputation, and our academic programs have evolved to keep pace in this highly visible field. Demand for the major in Biomedical Engineering is among the highest at the University, and the program routinely attracts top-ranked students. Our accredited undergraduate program now consists of over 400 students. The program is supported by outstanding faculty, staff, and world class facilities, including the Center for Molecular and Genomic Imaging, and the TEAM Prototyping Facility. BME students are highly engaged on campus and beyond, many through our award-winning student organization.
One of our core values is the belief that biomedical engineers should learn by doing. At UC Davis we emphasize translation through our close relationships with clinicians, both at the UCD Medical Center and at the School of Veterinary Medicine. Students solve problems of clinical origin through our renowned senior design program. More than half of our students participate in undergraduate research on campus, and many of these go on to graduate or other professional school. Half our students participate in off-campus internships with local clinics, industry or national labs.
The success of our faculty at attracting funding generates many opportunities for graduate student research and partnerships with industry. The mission of the Biomedical Engineering Graduate Group is to provide the highest standard of student education, research, and service in the area of biomedical engineering. The educational mission is served by capitalizing on the expertise of faculty from diverse disciplines to develop a curriculum focusing on the application of engineering principles to medicine and biology. The research mission of the program is to encourage and support collaborative research designed to produce new knowledge about fundamental mechanisms in the life sciences and to bond basic and clinical research to provide new knowledge for improving health care by way of device development and innovative medical technology.