What does a Biomedical Engineer do?
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A biomedical engineer enhances the quality and effectiveness of patient care by designing and analyzing solutions to problems in medicine and biology. You must have knowledge in the evaluation, design, and development of biological and health systems or products.
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How to Become a Biomedical Engineer
An employer usually looks for a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering. It is also possible to get a bachelor’s degree in another field of engineering and then you can earn a graduate degree in bioengineering. Coursework for both undergraduate and graduate degrees would include laboratory-based courses in addition to classroom-based courses. Subjects such as physiology, fluid/solid mechanics, computer programming, circuit design, biomaterials and other biological sciences.
Job Description of a Biomedical Engineer
A biomedical engineer conducts research on engineering aspects biological systems such as in humans and animals. They do this by working in teams with scientists, healthcare workers, or other engineers. They use principles of bio-behavioral and engineering sciences to develop and/or design clinical instrumentation and medical diagnostics, procedures and equipment. A biomedical engineer for example would research new materials that could be used in artificially implanted organs. They acquire data to control life processes or for measuring. He or she may assist medical science by designing computer software or hardware and adapting it for medical science.
Biomedical engineers will use signal processing techniques, interpret bioelectric data, or deliver and design technology. You may also use (MRI) scanners, pressure indicators, and electronics among other tools and technology. A biomedical engineer should have knowledge in chemistry, physics, mathematics, biology, and many other areas of relevant education in this career field. They should be able to think creatively, stay up-to-date with current technology and solve problems among other skills. The biomedical engineers work in hospitals, universities, research facilities, government regulatory agencies, medical and educational institutions or even in manufacturing.
Biomedical Engineer Video Transcript
Biomedical Engineers develop technologies that help improve the quality of people’s health, or their ability to manage disabilities – and may even save their lives. The field combines biology and medicine with engineering and mechanics— a combination that leads to amazing results. Imaging systems that allow doctors to “see” inside a patient’s organs… artificial limbs, organs, and joints… lasers for surgery… devices that automate insulin injections… computer simulations to test new drug therapies… Biomedical engineers designed all of these, and also keep them running. Making sure their designs operate safely and correctly is a large part of their job. These engineers can expect to spend many hours, even years, on a specific project in a cycle of researching, developing, testing, and trying again. Among the qualities needed are patience, problem-solving, and the ability to handle complex calculations. Most jobs are found in research laboratories, hospitals, and manufacturing. To enter the field, you will need a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering or bioengineering. Some people enter the field with a bachelor’s degree in another field of engineering coupled with biological science electives, or they earn a graduate degree in biomedical engineering. Whatever their path to the profession, biomedical engineers share a passion for making a patient’s life longer…and easier.