Biomedical Engineering

About Biomedical Engineering at GVSU

Dr. Samhita Rhodes and Dr. John Farris were recently interviewed about the Biomedical Engineering program on the David Moore show (WGVU).  
Listen to the interview

Top 5 Reasons to Join Us

  1. Relevant and In-demand
    The State of Michigan is on an economic recovery path that includes expansion of the biomedical sector. Our program is West Michigan's only opportunity for graduate biomedical engineering education.
  2. Opportunity for Growth
    GVSU is located in the center of West Michigan's promising life sciences sector, and our faculty, staff, and students are on the vanguard of biomedicine as they collaborate to develop tomorrow’s technology.
  3. Learn in a Broad Range of Specialties
    Students structure their studies based on their interests. Those individualized pursuits integrate engineering, mathematics, biology, and medicine in a highly collaborative and multi-disciplinary environment.
  4. Help Shape the Future
    GVSU’s program perfectly suits engineers with an entrepreneurial spirit, creativity, and a desire to improve people’s lives. Our graduates can become a part of Michigan's exciting biomedical future.
  5. Extensive Facilities for Learning
    Students maximize their research and learning with our well-equipped facilities. This includes a gait lab with 8-camera Vicon motion-capture capabilities, a clean room, CAD and CAM labs, a full-scale machine shop, and more.

Tracks in Biomedical Engineering

The areas of specialization in biomedical engineering include bioelectrical and bioinstrumentation, biomechanics, biomaterials, and biocomputing.

  • Bioelectrical and bioinstrumentation involve the application of fundamental electrical engineering and measurement principles to develop better measurement and diagnostic devices like clinical monitoring systems, pacemakers and defibrillators, and medical imaging systems.
  • Biomechanical engineering applies fundamental engineering mechanics to understanding musculoskeletal systems, blood rheology, and transport phenomena for drug delivery.
  • Biomaterial engineering involves the study of synthetic and natural materials that are used to replace, augment, or restore function to body tissues. These materials need to be in constant intimate contact with living tissues without adversely affecting the living organism and its components. These include materials used in implants, heart valves, and prosthetic applications.


Graduate Program

Undergraduate Minor Program

Grand Valley State University's Masters of Science in Engineering program has introduced a brand NEW MSE program in Biomedical Engineering to help engineering professionals on the growing biomedicine industry by teaching them how to match development opportunities with research and bring innovative medical products to market. Undergraduate engineering students in any of the four majors i.e. Electrical, Computer, Mechanical, and Product Design and Manufacturing will be able to additionally acquire a minor in Biomedical Engineering. 
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