Chair’s Message

Welcome to the Department of Biomedical Engineering
at Florida International University.

Dr. Ranu Jung

Dr. Ranu Jung

Welcome to Florida International University’s Department of Biomedical Engineering.  As our department nears its tenth anniversary, I am proud to lead this department into a new era of innovation.  Since top-quality health care is still out of reach for many, I believe it is time to train the next generation of leaders and innovators to shape the technological and economic landscapes of tomorrow with a focused academic curriculum.

The interdisciplinary nature of biomedical engineering (BME) affords the discipline a tremendous opportunity to bring forth advances in technological development and new discoveries in life sciences to foster improved quality of life for all individuals. The US Bureau of Labor & Statistics projects a 72% growth in Biomedical Engineers from 2008 to 2018 with tremendous impact of Biomedical Engineering in all the sectors they track.

Florida International University is a multicultural hub, first in the nation in awarding bachelors and master’s degrees to Hispanic students.  Through an international, interdisciplinary focus, FIU is ‘World’s Ahead’ in its approach to academics and research.  Our BME department mirrors these fundamental qualities, and through our focus on student engagement and the underlying drive to excel, we can provide a diverse engineering workforce with the tools they need to thrive.

As the breadth of BME’s impact on society expands and as the need for specialized training increases, BME academic programs are likely to be more effective if they remain focused on selected sub-disciplines within the field. As the multiple BME programs across the nation and internationally mature, the strong programs will likely be identified with 2-4 specific self-selected signature areas of excellence. These areas of excellence will have their foundations in outstanding research programs and will permeate the undergraduate and graduate educational programs.

The goal of FIU’s Biomedical Engineering department is to maximize its impact on society by identifying key areas of research excellence, developing educational excellence through a new model for BME education and by community engagement by leveraging its location through community and global activities.  Our headquarters is in South Florida, a distinct melting-pot of Latin-American multiculturalism that provides numerous opportunities for diverse networking and industry partnerships.  Our department has focused in three primary areas:  engineered tissue model systems, diagnostic imaging and sensor systems and therapeutic/reparative nanotechnology.  Research and entrepreneurship permeates our academic curriculum and is one of our keys to success.

Our department is focused and talented and we can only improve because we continue to attract outstanding engineers who seek to change the healthcare landscape and make technological contributions.

Sincerely,

Ranu Jung, Ph.D.

Professor and Chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering
Wallace H. Coulter Eminent Scholars Chair in Biomedical Engineering
Florida International University