The University of Michigan’s Biomedical Engineering Department is interdisciplinary and diverse, with a wide range of research activities conducted by 85 core and jointly-appointed faculty working within the University’s highly ranked Engineering, Medical, Dental, Kinesiology, and Business Schools. Under the guidance and counsel of faculty members associated with the department, a graduate student’s educational experience may be as broadly or as narrowly directed as that student wishes, though studies generally include topics in bioelectronics, biomaterials, biomechanics, imaging, and rehabilitation/ergonomics. Students without backgrounds in cardiovascular fluid mechanics, tissue engineering, cell biology, medical imaging, and biomaterials may also study engineering fundamentals such as circuits, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, solid mechanics, and materials. And all students conduct research in state-of-the art facilities and receive extensive laboratory instruction and hands-on faculty mentoring and guidance.
The field of brain-computer interfaces is experiencing rapid growth due to ongoing cross-disciplinary advances in engineering, medicine, and neuroscience. This growth – in research as well as public awareness – has resulted in a corresponding increase in student interest. With expertise in neural interface technologies and translational neuroprosthetic systems, this burgeoning subject area is a key strength of the Rehabilitation Robotics Group. Its faculty members not only are expanding University-wide capabilities in rehabilitation robotics and powered, brain-controlled prosthetic systems but they also are critical to recruiting, educating, and inspiring top-notch students in Biomedical Engineering and other U-M departments.