FISCHELL DEPARTMENT OF BIOENGINEERING (BIOE)A. James Clark School of Engineering
2330 Jeong H. Kim Engineering Building, 301-405-7426
Chair: W. Bentley (Prof, Chair)
Director: J. Fisher (Assoc Prof, Assoc Chair, Undergraduate Program Director), P. Kofinas (Prof, Assoc Chair, Graduate Program Director)
Professors: P. Bryan, G. Payne, Y. Tao
Associate Professors: J. Aranda-Espinoza, E. Eisenstein, K. Herold, A. Hsieh, H. Montas, S. Muro, B. Shapiro
Assistant Professors: Y. Chen, S. Matysiak, I. White
Lecturers: I. Villanueva
Professors Emeriti: A. Johnson
Bioengineering is a field rooted in physics, mathematics, chemistry, biology, and life sciences. Each of these areas is applied in a systematic, quantitative, and integrative way to approach problems important in biology, biosystems, medical research, and clinical practice. Bioengineering advances fundamental concepts, creates knowledge from the molecular to organ to system levels, and develops innovative processes for the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disease. In short, bioengineering seeks to improve the health and life of humankind on many levels.
Bioengineers specialize in those products and processes made from, used with, or applied to biological organisms. In addition to engineering science and design, bioengineers study cell biology, physiology, bioinformatics, bioimaging, and biomechanics. The synthesis of engineering and biology gives bioengineers unique capabilities in our modern world.
For more information about the Bioengineering major, please visit www.bioe.umd.edu/undergrad
The Bachelor of Science degree in Bioengineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org , 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012, telephone: (410) 347-7700.
The undergraduate program in the Fischell Department of Bioengineering provides students with a broad and fundamental education relating engineering with the biological sciences. The program has focuses in biomedical devices, human health, biotechnology, and ecosystems. These focuses all contain components of fundamental sciences, design, and communications skills. The students' educational achievements all contribute to enabling a wide range of career paths after graduation.
Our graduates are grounded in fundamentals that will serve them throughout their professional careers. They will have an understanding of human behavior, societal needs and forces, and the dynamics of human efforts and their effects on human health and that of our environment. With these underpinnings and abilities, we have defined several Program Educational Objectives we expect our graduates to attain in 3-5 years after graduation:
Program Learning Outcomes
Maryland bioengineers gain a broad-based education in which engineering approaches are used to understand and improve living systems and their environments. We educate students to excel in the field of bioengineering and carry out research, development, and commercialization of bioscience systems and tools that will improve the lives of people throughout the world. The specific Student Outcomes detailed by the Bioengineering Program are detailed below.
Additional Bioengineering Objectives:
Admission to the Major
Students who wish to study at the A. James Clark School of Engineering apply for admission to the University of Maryland; there is no separate application for engineering. When filling out the university application, you may choose bioengineering as your intended major. You may also apply as an undecided engineering major.
All Bioengineering majors must meet admission, progress, and retention standards of the A. James Clark School of Engineering.
Please note: If you are applying to Bioengineering as a transfer student (whether you are an internal Clark School transfer, external UMD transfer, or transferring from an outside institution), then you must complete BIOE 120 with a 3.0 or better before you will be admitted into the department. If you wish to enroll, please send an e-mail with your UID to firstname.lastname@example.org . You will be will be notified by e-mail when permission has been granted.
Requirements for the Major
Following is the list of the course requirements for the Bioengineering Undergraduate Program. Each student following the course template should be able to graduate in four years. Each student will meet with his/her Faculty Advisor every semester to plan the schedule of courses for the subsequent semester. Some of the students in the bioengineering program may elect to pursue professional degrees such as Medical, Dental, Law, etc., thus they may need certain courses that those professional schools require and should discuss their plans with their Faculty Advisor. Some of these courses may count as electives towards the major. Students interested in health professions may also view the requirements at www.prehealth.umd.edu .
*Please visit www.bioe.umd.edu/undergrad/ug-technical-electives.html for a list of approved technical electives.
Every student majoring in bioengineering is assigned a faculty advisor. You will receive an email from the department with your advisor assignment at the beginning of your first semester in the department. All students are to meet with their advisor each semester before they will be able to register for the next semester's courses. It is hoped that the advisor will also serve as a mentor and confidante. Please feel free to contact him/her with any questions and concerns you may have throughout your academic career. Any additional questions about the program may be directed to the Bioengineering Undergraduate Office, email@example.com , 2330 Jeong H. Kim Engineering Building, 301-405-7426.
Undergraduate Research Experiences
All students in our major have the opportunity to participate in research in state-of-the-art labs on campus or at surrounding government or industrial locations, either through projects within the Department or through the Engineering Co-op and Career Services office. Special programs include the ASPIRE Program, in which students collaborate with faculty and staff on real-world engineering projects www.aspire.umd.edu ; the Maryland Center for Undergraduate Research, which assists students in finding on and off campus research opportunities www.ugresearch.umd.edu ; and the NSF-sponsored Molecular & Cellular Bioengineering Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program, which focuses on the engagement of undergraduate researchers in bioengineering research activities both at UMD and the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) www.bioe.umd.edu/reu
We are pleased to announce the creation of the Fischell Department of Bioengineering Undergraduate Honors Program. The goals of this program are to encourage the participation of exceptional undergraduate students in cutting-edge bioengineering research during their junior and senior years. The honors program has been designed to complement team-based design projects and coursework that are part of the undergraduate curriculum. Guidelines include the following:
Students should apply for admission to the Honors Program in the spring of their sophomore year.
Students must have completed at least 60 credits by the end of their sophomore year.
Students should select a faculty mentor engaged in bioengineering research.
With input from this mentor, students should propose an independent research project to be completed during their junior and senior years.
Students will submit a progress report detailing their research progress in the spring of their junior year.
Students will submit a written thesis and present their research in the spring of their senior year.
Faculty mentors must commit to guide the student through his/her research project and provide appropriate facilities to complete the proposed project.
Faculty mentors must submit a brief statement indicating sufficient research progress in the spring of the student's junior year.
Students are welcome to participate in other honors programs, but research completed for the departmental honors program may not be used to satisfy the requirements of another honors program.
Honors will be conferred at graduation upon completion of the entire two-year program.
Student Societies and Professional Organizations
Society of Biological Engineers (SoBE) is the University of Maryland, College Park chapter of the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES). SoBE's mission is dedicated to the advancement of biotechnology, biomedical engineering, and professionalism in the field, as well as fostering friendships among biological engineers. For more information, visit www.studentorg.umd.edu/sobe/
Scholarships and Financial Assistance
The University and the A. James Clark School of Engineering offer a range of financial support to talented undergraduate students enrolled at the School. Offerings include the A. James Clark Endowed Scholarship fund and the Benjamin T. Rome Scholarship. Our program is competitive, with awards made on the basis of merit, financial need, and other factors. For more information on a variety of scholarships, please visit www.ursp.umd.edu
In addition, the Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA) administers all types of federal, state and institutional financial assistance programs and, in cooperation with other university offices, participates in the awarding of scholarships to deserving students. For information, please visit www.financialaid.umd.edu
We also have several departmental annual awards and scholarships that students may apply and be selected based on their scholastic achievements, service to the department and the profession. These award are open to juniors and seniors in the program. Information on these annual awards and scholarship may be obtained from the faculty advisors in the department.
Awards and Recognition
Fischell Dept of Bioe Outstanding Junior Award presented by Chair: outstanding academic achievement and contributions to the dept (2 students)
Fischell Dept of Bioe Outstanding Senior Award presented by faculty: academic achievement and contributions to the profession and department (2 students)
Seymour & Faye Wolfe Scholarship: Bioengineering student (1 student).
Jeffrey C. and Sandra W. Huskamp Scholarship: Bioengineering student (1 student)
Mel D. Schatz Scholarship: Bioengineering student (1 student)
Outstanding Research Award: contribution to research including hours spent in lab, co-authorship of papers, significant breakthroughs in area of research. Ability to maintain high GPA while performing research will also be considered.
Outstanding Volunteer Award: hours spent performing and the nature of volunteering activities considered. Maintaining high GPA also considered.
Outstanding Citizen Award: overall contribution to department, university, profession, and society considered. GPA will be taken into account as well.