What do biomedical engineers do? Biomedical engineers apply their knowledge of biology, medicine, and engineering to solve problems for medical purposes such as diagnostics, treatments, and improving healthcare for patients. Specific projects they may work on include pacemakers, prosthetics, 3D printing of organs, surgical robots, internal chips for diagnostics, MRIs, EKGs, and even improving safety regulation in hospitals and medical facilities. Biomedical engineers work closely with other fields of engineering including mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, chemical engineering, materials science, and computer science.
What does a biomedical engineer study? Biomedical engineers must understand not only engineering principles, but also the biology and chemistry of the human body which the engineering will be applied to. They will take math courses and science courses including chemistry, physics, anatomy, molecular biology, and genetics. They will also take many engineering courses include mechanics, electronics, fluid dynamics, programming, and engineering design.
What type of job can a biomedical engineer have? Biomedical engineers can work in hospitals, universities, and manufacturing companies. Some biomedical engineering majors even choose to go to medical, dental, or veterinary school after they complete their degree.
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