Carnegie Mellon University

Departmental Overview

Our Vision of Excellence in Biomedical Engineering

To achieve excellence, biomedical engineering must be conducted through a collaborative network, which must encompass balanced expertise of science and technology and work synergistically to seek solutions based on a solid foundation of knowledge, with special attention on the interface between the human body and engineered solutions.

Our Missions

  • Build an integrated structure for biomedical engineering research that weaves multiple science and technology disciplines into a collaborative network for fostering breakthroughs in healthcare.
  • Pursue excellence in biomedical engineering research that combines cutting-edge technologies with deep knowledge of physiology.
  • Inspire future biomedical engineers by emphasizing the synergy of engineering, life sciences and medicine.
  • Establish new paradigms in biomedical engineering education that nurture creativity and innovation.
  • Promote partnerships across the campus and with local healthcare and engineering stakeholders to further biomedical engineering research, development, and education throughout the region.
  • Collaborate with the international biomedical engineering community to set future directions of research and education and to maximize the impact of biomedical engineering on human health.

Our Core Values

  • We emphasize integrity in the execution of all aspects of our missions.
  • We conduct our business through mutual respect and collaboration.
  • We value the participation of the broad community in our development.

What Makes Us Unique

CMU is the place
— to create the future new knowledge,
— to transform engineering solutions for medicine and healthcare,
— to define what a new field is going to be.

We are not just predicting the future. We are going to make the future happen.

Explore the Uniqueness of BME at CMU.


Faculty-to-Student Ratio


Core Research Areas

Faculty & Staff

  • Total fifty-two full-time faculty members, affiliated with four colleges

  • Thirty-one 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, traditional Research Option

  • M.S. in Biomedical Engineering, accelerated Practicum Option

  • 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