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2015-2016 UMass Dartmouth Undergraduate Catalog 
2015-2016 UMass Dartmouth Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Department of Bioengineering

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Faculty and Fields of Interest

Christopher Brigham metabolic engineering, microbial processes, fermentation

Qinguo Fan (chairperson) biosensors, coloration, drug delivery, dye chemistry, biopolymers

Tracie Ferreira tissue engineering, embryonic development, zebrafish

Yong Kim biomeasurement, biostatistics, soft materials, fibrous biomaterials and composites

Milana Vasudev bioinspired nanomaterials fabrication, nanobiotechnology, molecular and cell biology


Bioengineering is a subject of study where engineering and biology work together. Many areas of modern engineering exemplify this, such as the development of biofuels and naturally-derived plastics. At the same time the role of engineering in medicine continues to increase rapidly. Sophisticated medical equipment enhances the skill of surgeons, better diagnostics supplement the experience of family practitioners, and we will count more and more on medicine and devices to keep us in good repair as well as free from disease.

Bioengineers can work in hospitals, bioresearch centers, pharmaceutical laboratories, prostheses and medical devices manufacturers, biomaterial developers, patent offices, government regulatory agencies, health management services, and care delivery system supports, etc.

The Bioengineering department at UMass Dartmouth has deep roots in soft materials and composites. Faculty members are active researchers as well as excellent teachers in their specialty areas. Latest laboratory and research facilities are available, and new lab spaces and classrooms are being renovated. Currently we are the fastest growing department regarding the number of the enrolled undergraduate students.

The department offers degrees of Bachelor of Science in Bioengineering and PhD in Biomedical Engineering & Biotechnology.


The mission of the Bioengineering Department is to pursue excellence in learning, discovery, and innovation at the intersection of engineering and life science for the benefit of human health and well being.  


 To be an internationally recognized Bioengineering Department that offers inspiring educational opportunities for students, conducts interdisciplinary research with global impact on improving human health, and serves the bioengineering profession and the community with distinction.


The purpose of the Bioengineering program at UMass Dartmouth is to provide students with rigorous, multi-disciplinary training that enable graduates to be leaders and innovators in bioengineering and biomedical professions. This is accomplished by developing and offering curricula that integrate engineering sciences, life sciences, clinical medicine, research and engineering design in collaboration with local biomedical device and biotechnology companies.

The Bioengineering academic program goals are the following:

1) To provide educational opportunities that are at the interface of engineering, life sciences, and medicine that provide a foundation for:

a) Advanced study in engineering, medicine, or the sciences.

b) Professional practice as a bioengineer in industry, research, and government agencies.

c) Entrepreneurial endeavors in the biomedical/biotechnology industry.

2) To provide highly-trained professionals at the baccalaureate level and above who excel in the field of bioengineering and who are prepared to be future leaders in improving human health and quality of life;

3) To increase the presence of women and underrepresented minorities in science and engineering careers;

4) To support and enhance University-partnerships in the area of biomedical engineering with the UMass Medical School;

5) To revitalize/broaden the biomaterials discipline within the bioengineering degree program to increase enrollment and degree production;

6) To support economic/workforce development in biotechnology industries in Massachusetts.

Program Educational Objectives

The current Bioengineering Program Educational Objectives can be found on the department webpage.

Student Outcomes

Graduates of the Bachelor’s degree program in Bioengineering will demonstrate:

(a) An ability to apply knowledge of advanced mathematics (including differential equations and statistics), science, and engineering to solve the problems at the interface of engineering and biology

(b) An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data from living and non-living systems

(c) An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs

(d) An ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams

(e) An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems

(f) An understanding of professional and ethical responsibilities

(g) An ability to communicate effectively

(h) The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context

(i)  A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning

(j) A knowledge of contempory issues

(k) An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice

(l) An understanding of biology and physiology

(m) An ability to address the problems associated with the interaction between living and non-living materials and systems  

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