Carnegie Mellon University


The Carnegie Mellon Biomedical Engineering department seeks to transform healthcare worldwide through interdisciplinary engineering innovation and to train future leaders and innovators in biomedical engineering.


The mission of the BME Department is to capitalize on Carnegie Mellon’s strength in collaborative technological innovation to address societal needs and advance human health.

This is accomplished by:

  • Delivering the highest quality education programs at all degree levels to train the future interdisciplinary leaders in biomedical engineering.
  • Conducting pioneering, high impact basic and applied research addressing unmet biomedical needs through interdisciplinary engineering innovation.
  • Creating a collaborative, inclusive environment that leverages the strength of a diverse body of students, faculty, and staff, and fosters their growth and development.


What Makes Us Unique

CMU is the place
— to create the future,
— to generate engineering solutions for medicine and healthcare,
— to define what biomedical engineering will be.

We are not just predicting the future. We are making the future happen.

Explore the Uniqueness of BME at CMU.


Faculty-to-Student Ratio


Core Research Areas

Faculty & Staff

  • Total sixty-five full-time faculty members, affiliated with four colleges

  • Twenty-six adjunct faculty members, among them many physicians, who teach courses and facilitate clinical exposure opportunities

  • Eight department staff members in addition to the Department Head and Associate Heads for managing administrative matters and multiple staff members shared with other departments

Education Programs

  • B.S. in Biomedical Engineering as an Additional Major
  • Minor in Biomedical Engineering
  • M.S. in Biomedical Engineering - Research
  • M.S. in Biomedical Engineering – Applied Study
  • M.S. in Computational Biomedical Engineering
  • Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering

Student Body

  • Approximately 230 undergraduate majors

  • Approximately 30 undergraduate minors

  • Approximately 90 M.S. students

  • Approximately 50 Ph.D. students