WHAT IS BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING?
Biomedical engineering is a multidisciplinary field of study that applies engineering principles to analyze, examine, change or control biological systems, develop devices that can monitor living organisms and serve in the diagnosis and treatment of patients. BME is a highly interdisciplinary area of study that ranges from theory to applications, encompassing research, development, implementation and operation. It is currently one of the fastest-growing engineering disciplines in the world.
WHY STUDY BME?
BME offers a unique opportunity compared to other engineering disciplines. It is a field of study specifically dedicated to improving human lives through advancing engineering application in medicine and healthcare sector. For the prospective students who are motivated to serve the people and make an impact in society, BME is an ideal choice – offering a unique balance between medicine, healthcare, and engineering. Likewise, the BME career is a highly satisfying one, and in some cases, at a similar level as with medical doctors. In addition, as a new department, BME will be developed with a vision to encourage and foster a research focused culture. Our graduates are expected to be highly innovative, not only in Bangladesh but also throughout the world.
PROSPECTS OF BME
Biomedical engineering is currently one of the hottest research areas. In academia, research activities encompass topics such as designing artificial organs, creating nano-robots for surgery, and developing advanced imaging and signal processing techniques for diagnosis of cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Many research areas can have a direct real-world impact, for example, in the field of medical imaging-based diagnostics, e.g. MRI, CT scan, ultrasound, BME graduates with expert knowledge of optics and engineering of the devices, will possess the expertise to work with medical practitioners on interpreting clinical data.
BME is an emerging and open field in Bangladesh. As a developing country with a large population, there are many problems to be solved in the healthcare sector using technology. To give a few examples, BME graduates can carry out extensive research activities to design and develop biomedical equipment and devices, imaging modalities, artificial tissue/organ, implants and prosthetics, and healthcare related software at low-cost in Bangladesh. They can be innovative and start their own technology companies to design and develop new biomedical devices to improve health-care services. Mobile health technologies and telemedicine is another impactful area where graduates can work in order to bring high-quality healthcare benefits to the doorstep of the rural people. In addition, BME graduates can be involved in health policy making, join government research labs, build artificial organs and prosthetics for disabled people, and work with pharmaceuticals on advanced personalized medicine. As the graduates of the top engineering university in the country, we expect BME graduates of BUET to become leaders in their chosen areas in the country.