The University of Massachusetts Amherst
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Welcome to the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Amherst! We are a young department that was founded in 2017 as part of a larger life sciences initiative at UMass Amherst to prepare students in biomedical engineering and to contribute to cutting-edge research in this field. During the 2021-22 academic year, the department is growing to 9 tenure-track faculty members, 4 lecturers and research faculty members, and 5 staff members, and I expect our growth trajectory to continue. The department is housed in new, state-of-the-art laboratory facilities on the 6th floor of the Life Science Laboratories building.

Our degree programs in biomedical engineering have quickly become popular choices for engineering students. We have over 300 students in our undergraduate program and graduated our first class of B.S. students in 2020-21 academic year. We are so proud of all they have accomplished as our inaugural class! At the graduate level, we are offering a research-focused doctoral degree program. We are pleased to have our first PhD graduate summer 2021! It has been a year of firsts!

The research conducted within the department is in the broad areas of bioinstrumentation and imaging, biomaterials, tissue engineering and regeneration, and biomechanics. We work in close collaboration with colleagues in the Institute for Applied Life Sciences (IALS), the College of Engineering, and the College of Natural Sciences. Several of our faculty members have their labs located at the UMass Chan Medical School in Worcester and they closely collaborate with UMCMS researchers and practitioners.

The Department of Biomedical Engineering is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Our community of scholars and students is vibrant because of the diversity of our members and their contributions to our inclusive educational and work environment. We are committed to the efforts in the College, the University, and the nation to fight for racial and social justice.

To learn more about our department, please browse this website. For questions regarding the undergraduate program, please contact our undergraduate program director, Natalia Kolk. For questions regarding the graduate program, please contact our graduate program director, Dr. Seth Donahue. For all other questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to me.

S. Thai Thayumanavan
Department Head
Department of Biomedical Engineering