WATERLOO, ON, Dec. 9, 2013 /CNW/ - The University of Waterloo will offer
a new degree in biomedical engineering from Fall 2014 that closes the
gap between medicine and engineering.
The new undergraduate program will be housed in the Faculty of Engineering's Department of Systems Design Engineering and will build on Waterloo's foundation of leadership in experiential
education, engineering and technology.
The unique curriculum will have a strong focus on the modeling and
design of biomedical systems that will be used to develop new
technologies and engineering solutions to health-related problems.
The program draws on the expertise of six departments including Systems
Design Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Chemical
Engineering, Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering, Biology,
and Kinesiology from across three of Waterloo's Faculties.
"The combination of interdisciplinary faculty expertise and the growing
need for highly-skilled researchers and practitioners makes it the
ideal time to introduce this new approach
to biomedical engineering education," said Pearl Sullivan, Dean of
Waterloo Engineering. "I am confident the research advances and
technologies that will emerge from this area will address some critical
health-care challenges. It will fundamentally lead to improvements in
the human condition."
CareerCast.com places biomedical engineering as the top job in health care in 2014 and the second-best job in the United States. The field is expected to grow by 62 per cent
within the next decade.
Waterloo's biomedical engineering curriculum is geared toward three
areas: biosignals and imaging, biomechanics and sports engineering, and
Graduates from the program will be ideally suited to contribute directly
to the Canadian biomedical and health economy, armed with the skills
and knowledge required to work in hospitals, clinical research
institutions, the medical device and medical imaging
industries, bioinformatics, biomedical sensors industry, and regulatory
While other Canadian institutions offer biomedical engineering, the
Waterloo Engineering program has a substantial design component that
differentiates it from other universities.
"There will be a design course each term that focuses on the biomedical,
biomechanics and biodevice themes," said Paul Fieguth, chair of Systems Design Engineering. "This will ensure that students graduate with the technical skills
they need to model complex biomedical systems, interpret biomedical
experimental results, and design and develop innovative technologies in
close collaboration with the medical community."
Extensive research went into ensuring the program offers the right
combination of high-impact courses and work-place experience. The first
Biomedical Engineering class will be limited to 45 students and will
increase to a maximum of 90. It is anticipated that admissions for 2014
will be highly competitive because of strong interest in the field.
"When we developed the curriculum we surveyed industries in various
areas of biomedical engineering to determine what they were looking for
in biomedical engineers to make sure our undergraduate training would
meet their needs," said Maud Gorbet, chair of the Committee for Biomedical Engineering. "The program will be unique in Canada due to its strong focus on the
modeling and design, combined with a co-operative education experience.
It will be a completely immersive experience."
The University of Waterloo has invested in biomedical research and
development in recent years and opened the Centre for Bioengineering and Biotechnology in 2012.
About the University of Waterloo
In just half a century, the University of Waterloo, located at the heart
of Canada's technology hub, has become one of Canada's leading
comprehensive universities with 35,000 full- and part-time students in
undergraduate and graduate programs. Waterloo, as home to the world's
largest post-secondary co-operative education program, embraces its
connections to the world and encourages enterprising partnerships in
learning, research and discovery. In the next decade, the university is
committed to building a better future for Canada and the world by
championing innovation and collaboration to create solutions relevant
to the needs of today and tomorrow. For more information about
Waterloo, please visit www.uwaterloo.ca.
Image with caption: "Maud Gorbet, chair of the Committee for Biomedical Engineering at the University of Waterloo which will offer a new degree in biomedical engineering from Fall 2014 that closes the gap between medicine and engineering. (CNW Group/University of Waterloo)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20131209_C8961_PHOTO_EN_34701.jpg
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