Message from the Chair

Welcome to the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Rutgers!

I am honored to serve as the next chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Rutgers. These are exciting times filled with opportunities for our program. Amazingly, it has been 10 years since we moved into our new Biomedical Engineering building, which has provided our faculty and students with state-of-the art facilities for research and training. The past few years have seen Rutgers merge with the medical school and join the Big Ten, elevating our research profile and the circle of our peer institutions. Enhanced interactions with industry and the medical school through the Rutgers Medical Device Development Initiative and the efforts of Prabhas Moghe, who directs the collaborative School of Engineering–Biomedical and Health Sciences Alliances and Partnerships, have led to new research collaborations and corporate partnerships. Our undergraduate program, which graduated its first class of 14 students in 2001, is now among the largest in the School of Engineering at Rutgers, as well as the country for BME programs, averaging over 120 graduates each year. Our graduate program has excelled in training masters and doctoral students, many of whom have won awards and fellowships from federal and state agencies and private foundations. We have also established one of the first 100 percent online masters programs in Biomedical Engineering, and we graduated our first online students in May 2016.

As we envision the next 10 years for our program, we plan to cement our position as the hub of Biomedical Engineering in New Jersey and expand our influence throughout the northeast and rest of the country. We aim to grow our research strengths in biomaterials and tissue engineering; cellular and molecular bioengineering; nano and microsystems engineering; computational modeling; biomedical imaging; and biomechanics and rehabilitation engineering. Moreover, we hope to integrate across these research areas and engage the broader community of scientists, engineers, clinicians, and industry leaders to drive new discoveries and innovations, develop the next generation of medical devices and technologies, and enhance the research and training opportunities for our students.

I invite you to browse our website to learn more about our programs, research centers, and our community. If you have any questions or wish to be involved, please do not hesitate to reach out to the department. We look forward to hearing from you.

David Shreiber, Ph.D.
Department of Biomedical Engineering