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Department of Bioengineering College of Engineering University of Utah

  • Salt Lake City, UT
    location
  • Public
    type
  • Urban
    setting
  • 19%81%
    student ratio
  • 149
    total students
  • Not Reported
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition
  • April 1
    fall application deadline
  • 32%
    acceptance rate
  • 3 Degrees
    degrees offered

Overview

Comprehensive Bioengineering Degree Offerings

The Bioengineering Department at the University of Utah combines advanced studies and research in biology, engineering, and medicine that prepare graduate students to excel in careers in the treatment of human disease and disability.

The department has been at the forefront of research and innovation in a broad array of bioengineering specialties, and it features a heavy emphasis on industry relations and the commercialization of new technologies.

The National Science Foundation ranks the university along with institutions including MIT and Stanford as a national leader in the licensing of new technology, and more than 80 percent of the Bioengineering Department's faculty collaborate with clinical researchers on translational research projects.

The department's research labs focus on issues ranging from tissue engineering and regenerative medicine to biosensors and mathematical medicine, and much activity surrounds 5 major research initiatives: neural engineering; cardiovascular engineering; biomedical engineering; molecular, cell, and tissue therapeutics; and biodesign.

Graduate Tracks of Study Cover Broad Range of Specialties

Because of the multidisciplinary nature of bioengineering, the department offers Master of Science and Ph.D. degrees that can focus on a wide variety of bioengineering topics. Students work with a graduate track adviser and research supervisory committee to tailor a program that suits their particular area of interest and provides the highest level of expertise in their chosen field.

Among the most common areas of study are bioinstrumentation, biomaterials and therapeutics, biomechanics, cardiac electrophysiology and biophysics, computational bioengineering, neural interfaces, and imaging.

Within these areas, students pursue studies in specialties such as sensors and integrated devices, biomedical polymers, tissue engineering, drug delivery and nanomedicine, electrocardiography and volume conductors, mathematical biology, and biomolecular simulations.

Neural Engineering Research Initiative

In neural engineering, faculty and students work to develop devices and techniques to treat nervous system disorders and to better understand neural function and dysfunction.

The Utah Electrode Array, for instance, invented by a bioengineering faculty member, contains 100 individual electrodes and is being evaluated for applications including the reanimization of paralyzed limbs and treatment for epilepsy.

Research efforts also evaluate biomaterials that might induce tissue organization and develop new techniques to assay the biocompatibility of existing neural interfaces.

Cardiovascular Engineering Research Initiative

In the field of cardiovascular engineering research, efforts tackle a host of issues in seeking to translate cardiovascular discoveries to clinical applications.

Research projects look at issues including dynamics of cardiac arrhythmias and mechanisms of fibrillation; heart disease diagnosis; and cardiovascular treatment with methods such as electrocardiography and biventricular pacing, and vascular mechanics.

The university has a long history of involvement in cardiovascular device innovation, dating back to the 1970s, when researchers developed materials for the fabrication of cardiovascular devices. The Cardiovascular Research and Training Institute (CVRTI), a unit of the cardiovascular engineering initiative, continues the tradition with an integrated study of cardiac electrophysiology.

Biomedical Imaging Research Initiative

With the use of state-of-the-art clinical scanners in MRI, CT, SPECT, PET, and ultrasound, the biomedical imaging research initiative works with many departments on research such as hardware instrumentation, acquisition methodology, and contrast agent development.

Researchers, for instance, are working to develop a high resolution MRI protocol and segmentation algorithm, and another group in this initiative is studying hyperpolarized noble gases and their application in performing MRI if the gas space is in the human lung.

Cell, Molecular, and Tissue Therapeutics Research Initiative

The Bioengineering Department works closely with the Pharmaceutics Department in research that explores how cells, tissues, or macromolecules may be used as therapeutic agents to treat disease.

The 2 fields bring together expertise in biomaterials, cell-based- and drug-device combination therapeutics, and drug delivery to drive groundbreaking advances in therapeutics.

The collaboration allows both departments to share in investigator grants and labs, and facilities. The drug delivery facilities at the Pharmaceutics Department's Center for Controlled Chemical Delivery in Pharmaceutics, for instance, are complemented by the cell and tissue-based research resources at the Bioengineering Department's Keck Center for Tissue Engineering.

The sharing has also led to the translation of research into clinical applications and commercial technologies.

Biodesign Research Initiative

Research efforts in the biodesign initiative bring together advanced scientific concepts in clinical medicine and bioengineering to develop and commercialize biomedical products and technologies.

Students work with various clinical partners to develop product requirements, specifications, prototypes, and verification test plans.

One research project in this field is developing a network that mimics biological systems that could eventually be used for physiological monitoring, and another group is developing new sensors, separation devices, drug delivery systems, and other small-scale and micro-scale fluidic devices.

Offices Support Industry Relations, Technology Commercialization

With a continuous flow of innovation coming out of its many research endeavors, the University of Utah has set up a comprehensive support system for the transfer of technology to clinical or commercial applications.

The Technology Commercialization Office, for instance, manages intellectual property, supports the development of products, and promotes commercial partnerships with industry.

The Office of Technology Venture Development and Lassonde New Venture Development Center help researchers to determine the commercialization viability of breakthrough technologies and assist with all aspects of start-up business development.

The Industry Outreach Office works to facilitate interactions between students, faculty, and industry through programs such as co-operative education, internships, senior projects, and collaborative research.

Offices Support Industry Relations, Technology Commercialization

With a continuous flow of innovation coming out of its many research endeavors, the University of Utah has set up a comprehensive support system for the transfer of technology to clinical or commercial applications.

The Technology Commercialization Office, for instance, manages intellectual property, supports the development of products, and promotes commercial partnerships with industry.

The Office of Technology Venture Development and Lassonde New Venture Development Center help researchers to determine the commercialization viability of breakthrough technologies and assist with all aspects of start-up business development.

The Industry Outreach Office works to facilitate interactions between students, faculty, and industry through programs such as co-operative education, internships, senior projects, and collaborative research.

Historic Campus Surrounded by Mountains, Recreation

Founded in 1850, the University of Utah is the oldest university west of the Mississippi River, and consistently ranks in the top 25 colleges in the United States for federally funded research in public universities.

The university enjoys a prime location in Salt Lake City, framed by the Wasatch Range of the Rocky Mountains, and the area offers ample opportunities for recreational activities ranging from hiking and biking to skiing and rock climbing.


Location & Contact

Department of Bioengineering

College of Engineering
University of Utah

36 South Wasatch Drive Room 3100
Salt Lake City, UT 84112-9202
United States

Dr. Patrick Tresco

Chair

Phone: 801-587-9263
Fax: 801-585-5361
Email: patrick.tresco@utah.edu

Ms. Karen Terry

Graduate Program Advisor and Coordinator

Phone: 801-581-8559
Fax: 801-585-5361
Email: karen.terry@utah.edu

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Bioengineering Master of Science (MS)
      Master of Science/Master of Business Administration (MS/MBA)
      Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 12
    • Doctoral Degrees 15
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? No
    • Evening/weekend programs available? No
    • Distance learning programs available? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? Yes
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees Required, Required and written project, oral presentation
    • Doctoral Degrees Required
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported

Admissions

32% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 228
    • Accepted 74
    • Acceptance Rate 32
    • Enrolled 36
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $
    • Application Fee - International $15
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Not Reported
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline April 1st April 1st Not Reported
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesGRE General Test, minimum GPA of 3.0
    • Doctoral's DegreesGRE General Test, minimum GPA of 3.0
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, 500 paper based, TOEFL iBT, IELTS required

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees
    • In-state tuition *Not Reported
    • Out-of-state tuition *Not Reported
    • International student tuitionNot Reported
    • *Typical tuition for this insitution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Fees
    • Per-academic year feesNot Reported
    • Per-term feesNot Reported
    • One-time feeNot Reported
    • *Typical fees for this insitution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsMarch 2
    • Types of financial support availableFellowships, Research Assitantships, Teaching Assistantships, Tuition Waivers, Health Care Benefits, Traineeships, Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students149
    • Female Percentage19%
    • Male Percentage81%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students149
    • Part-time Percentage22%
    • Full-time Percentage78%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino0%
    • Black / African American0%
    • White / Caucasian79%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian7%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races1%
    • Unknown13%

Faculty

  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty18
    • Full-time Percentage89%
    • Part-time Percentage11%
    • Female Percentage11%
    • Male Percentage89%

Research

  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchUltrasonic bioinstrumentation, medical imaging, neuroprosthesis, biomaterials and tissue engineering, biomechanic biomedical computing/modeling
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last year$6,802,315

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