History

The BME Department’s history has been shaped by numerous waves of funding that have provided the rich, detailed curriculum students can enjoy today.

The BME Department is leading the State in biomedical engineering education. Of the eleven universities in the State University System (SUS) of Florida, FIU is the only one with the full slate (BS, MS, PhD) of programs in biomedical engineering. The department is endowed with $11 million from the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation, the Ware Foundation and the State of Florida. One of the strengths of the growing BME department is its close alignment with FIU’s Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, the Brain Institute at the Miami Children’s Hospital, and the many biomedical companies in South Florida.

Detailed Summary of the Biomedical Engineering Department’s Rich History:

1997 $250,000/year for three years from a Quality Improvement Program Award by PresidentMaidique – established Cardiovascular Engineering Center as a resource to the cardiovascular device industry in South Florida
1998 $100,000 gift from Norman Weldon, co-founder of Cordis Corporation, to supportbiomedical engineering undergraduate research assistants
1999 $1 million Special Opportunity Award from the Whitaker Foundation -established theBiomedical Engineering Institute as the administrative unit for the biomedical engineering programsMS program established – 75+ graduates, currently enrolls 35 students
2001 $10 million gift from the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation (including 100% match fromthe state of Florida) -supports endowed faculty positions, scholarships and fellowships, research seed funding, lecture series, and infrastructure for biomedical engineering
2002 $600,000 NSF Partnership for Innovation Award – established the BiomedicalEngineering Partnership Program – current membership includes 35+ clinical organizations and biomedical companies. Also established the Institute for Technology Innovation, a unit of the Pino Global Entrepreneurship CenterBS program established – 50+ graduates, currently enrolls 150 students
2003 The Department of Biomedical Engineering was established to replace the Institute as the administrative unit for the biomedical engineering programs
2004 PhD program established – 1 graduate, enrolls 26 studentsMiami Children’s Hospital funds the MCH Professorship in NeuroEngineering, a joint faculty position between MCH and FIU Biomedical Engineering
2006 $1.4 million gift from the Ware Foundation (including $400k match from the state of Florida) established, and permanently supports a post-doctoral fellow, in the Laboratory for Brain Research and Neuro-Engineering Applications. BS program receives ABET accreditation in fastest time possible, with no concerns or weaknesses                                                                                                                            Annual research awards total over $1.8 million -$200,000 per FTE tenure-track faculty line
2007 $1 million awarded from the Florida 21st Century World Class Scholar Program – forestablishment of joint BME/College of Medicine faculty position for the new Wallace H. Coulter Professor, Dr. Joe Leigh Simpson
2011 First undergraduate research Day and First Graduate Research Day were celebrated
2012 Over 300 undergraduate students enrolled in the department
2013 Department was recognized as #1 in Workforce Placement of Biomedical Engineers in State of Florida.                                                                                                                      Department celebrated 10th anniversary and 100 birthday of Wallace H. Coulter