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Bioengineering

Bioengineering is an emerging interdisciplinary field that is based on the increasing symbiosis between the biological sciences and engineering disciplines. Evolution in engineering technology and scientific knowledge resulted in new specializations in the workforce, including bioinformatics, computational biology, biomedical imaging, bio-instrument and sensor technology, tissue engineering, bionics, genetic engineering, and MEMS-based diagnosis and drug delivery. Training in Bioengineering provides the necessary foundations in the life sciences and in engineering, along with more focused training in one of five areas of specialty.

ABET Statement: ABET evaluation site visit took place in November, 2021.  Based on the positive review, the OU Bioengineering program is to be officially granted accreditation by June, 2022.  ABET policies provide retroactive accreditation to all students who earn their degrees during the academic year prior to the evaluation site visit. Therefore, any student graduating from the new curriculum at the end of or after Fall 2020 graduates from an ABET accredited program.

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Contact
Shailesh Lal, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair
Dodge Hall, Room 346
(248)370-2875
lal@oakland.edu

About

The interdisciplinary program in Bioengineering, offered jointly by the School of Engineering and Computer Science and the College of Arts and Sciences, leads to the Bachelor of Science degree. It combines training in biology with depth in either computation or engineering. Students should be capable of handling calculus-level math and physics, comprehensive chemistry and advanced-level biological sciences. Students can enroll into the program at any phase of their college experience. In particular, the program is designed so that the undecided engineering or sciences student can start by taking the core classes before committing to Bioengineering.

To earn the degree of Bachelor of Science with a major in Bioengineering, students must complete 129 credit hours; 32 of these credits must be at 3000-level or above.  The first two years of the program mainly include foundations in the sciences and engineering, while the specialized courses are offered in the third and fourth years.

Career paths include:

  • Cellular, Genetic and Tissue Engineering
  • Clinical, Rehabilitation and Orthopedic Engineering
  • Bioinformatics and Computational Biology
  • Bioprocess Design and Drug Manufacturing
  • Biomedical Imaging
  • Bioinstrumentation and Biosensors
  • Biomaterials and Biomechanics
  • Environmental Engineering

For more information, contact Academic Advising.

Advisory Board

The Bioengineering External Advisory Board assists the department in enhancing its programs and ensuring their relevance to current and emerging technological needs. 

Industry Partners

Yansong Chen, Ph.D., Vice President, Organizational Transformation, Ricardo, Inc. 

David Gallagher, Biometrics Research & Development, Lear, Inc.

Natalie Jameson-Kiesling, Ph.D., Associate Director of Research, Progenity, Inc.

Jack L. Jensen, Vice President, Humanetics Innovative Solutions, Inc.

Avinash Konkani, Ph.D., Biomedical/Clinical Engineer, Human Factor and Systems Engineer, HTM:  Food and Drug Administration

Francesco Migneco, MD, R&D and Product Development Manager, Lear, Inc.

Mida Pezeshkian, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer, Theoria Medical

Stephen Rapundalo, Ph.D., President  & CEO, Michigan Biosciences Industry Association 

Ex-Officio Members

Louay Chamra, Ph.D., Dean, School of Engineering & Computer Science

Amy Banes-Berceli, Ph.D., Associate Dean, College of Arts & Sciences

Shailesh Lal, Ph.D., Chair, Bioengineering Department, School of Engineering & Computer Science

Gerard Madlambayan, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Bioengineering, School of Engineering & Computer Science

Jia Li, Ph.D., Professor, Bioengineering, School of Engineering & Computer Science

Dayna Neef, MPA, Corporate & Foundation Relations Officer, School of Engineering & Computer Science