What Do Biomedical Engineers Do
A biomedical engineer uses traditional engineering expertise to analyze and solve problems in biology and medicine, providing an overall enhancement of human health. Students choose the biomedical engineering field to be of service to people, to experience the excitement of working with living systems, and to apply advanced technology to the complex problems of medical care. Biomedical engineers work with health care professionals (e.g., physicians, nurses, therapists, and technicians) and may be called upon in a wide range of capacities such as designing instruments, devices, and software. Biomedical engineers incorporate knowledge from many technical sources to develop new medical procedures and conduct research in an effort to solve clinical problems.
Why Biomedical Engineering at Iowa?
Biomedical engineering links biology, medicine, and engineering to improve human health. Many engineering students choose this major as preparation for medical school.
The department offers students great flexibility in career preparation. With the proper selection of elective courses, the curriculum affords numerous engineering specialties, or the opportunity to pursue advanced degrees in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, physical therapy, or law.
Typical responsibilities for biomedical engineers include working closely with physicians to design and evaluate prosthetic devices such as heart valves or spinal and hip implants; working with new materials for implants and tissue-generated implants; performing computer analysis of medical images; and using computers to analyze genetic structures and functions.
How To Apply
You may start the application process by following the instructions on the Office of Admissions website.
Scholarships and Financial Aid
There are over 2,000 scholarships offered to undergraduates by the University of Iowa and the College of Engineering. The Roy J. Carver Department of Biomedical Engineering awards the following scholarships:
Bea Park Scholarship – this scholarship is awarded to students (either undergraduate or graduate) who are studying Biomaterials in the Roy J. Carver Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME).
Clarence H. Clark Fund – this award is given to a biomedical engineering major at the beginning of their senior year. The recipient must be a United States citizen who has demonstrated an interest in pursuing graduate work in biomedical engineering and is in good academic standing with the preference given to those with financial need. At the suggestion of the department, the recipient will be asked to work five to ten hours a week in a teaching assistant role.
Frazee Biomedical Engineering Scholarship – this scholarship is awarded, through the College of Engineering, to a deserving student with preference given to a biomedical engineering student. The award is renewable as long as the recipient continues to qualify under the specified criteria.
Biomedical Engineering Student Aid – this award is given to first-year undergraduate biomedical engineering students who demonstrate financial need. It is renewable for four years. Individuals, organizations, and various members of the B.M.E. industry donate the funds for these scholarship awards. Additionally, students receiving Presidential Scholarships or Dean’s Scholarships are offered the opportunity to work in a research laboratory within the Roy J. Carver Department of Biomedical Engineering.
The Roy J. Carver Department of Biomedical Engineering also offers scholarships to deserving students after their first year of study in biomedical engineering. These scholarships offer selected students the opportunity to work in a research laboratory within the department.