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Welcome to the UNC/NCSU Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering. Biomedical engineering, or bioengineering, is an exciting new discipline that applies the rigorous methods of physics, chemistry, mathematics, and engineering to solve important and urgent biological and biomedical problems. In 2003, the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and North Carolina State College of Engineering formally brought their exceptional strengths and national reputations in these areas together to establish our department. The joining of these top-rated medical and engineering schools provides a fertile environment for biomedical engineers to develop innovative and outstanding opportunities in the pursuit of some of the most important biomedical problems facing our society. In this setting, the Department is deeply dedicated to its mission of excellence in teaching and research.


The Department continues to grow its national and international leadership in its educational and research activities. This growth is currently being catalyzed by the addition of new faculty with internationally recognized interdisciplinary research programs along with new teaching and research space on both campuses. At NCSU, the Department moved into the newly completed Engineering Building III in July 2010, with over 35,000 square feet of space, including state-of-the-art research labs and teaching facilities dedicated to the Department. At UNC Chapel Hill, construction is underway of the Biomedical Research Imaging Building, a 10-story, $243 million structure that will provide over 10,000 square feet of dedicated, modern research laboratories for the Department.


The Department offers a stimulating array of research and training opportunities with world-renowned scientists. Along with the traditional areas of bioengineering, there exist three focus areas of special merit for the M.S. and Ph.D. academic programs. These areas encompass 1) microsystems engineering, including biomedical microtechnologies, microfluidics, and bioanalytical devices; 2) imaging engineering, including PET CT, PET, SPECT, MRI, and photonics; and 3) rehabilitation engineering, including regenerative engineering and assistive devices. The undergraduate program at NCSU is an ABET accredited program that offers a bachelor's degree in Biomedical Engineering. At UNC-Chapel Hill, undergraduate education is available from departmental faculty through the affiliated Biomedical Engineering Track of the Applied and Materials Science Curriculum.


These are exceptionally stimulating times for the discipline of bioengineering with world changing new technologies being created and applied to the life sciences. I hope that you will take some time to review our website. It offers a wealth of information about our programs and who we are. I encourage you to contact us with questions or comments and to avail yourself of some of the exciting educational and research opportunities we offer!



Nancy L. Allbritton, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor and Chair

UNC/NCSU Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering