Why Biomedical Engineering at IUPUI?
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) is Indiana's premier urban public research university. Since its establishment in 1969 as a partnership between two of Indiana's top universities, IUPUI has been preparing students to be engaged citizens in an ever-changing world. IUPUI achieves this with a focus on student research and community service as well as a commitment to diversity and global awareness that is at the core of campus culture.
Biomedical Engineering (BME)
Building on a foundation of scientific inquiry and engineering problem solving, biomedical engineers develop new devices, therapies, and diagnostic tools to understand and provide effective solutions to medical problems.
The Biomedical Engineering department at IUPUI offers premier Purdue University education along with groundbreaking research in collaboration with one of the best hospital systems in the world, the neighboring Indiana University School of Medicine.
• 1:1 female to male student ratio in Biomedical Engineering
• 5 hospitals within walking distance of the BME department
• Student-faculty ratio in the BME department is 13:1
A Tight-Knit Community
Even though the IUPUI BME program is housed on a large, urban campus, the BME department is known for having a close, connected community. Having a class size of 30-40 students with BME-specific courses allows students in each class to learn more about each other and what makes each student passionate about their studies and life goals. Frequent teamwork and collaboration also allow for biomedical engineers to walk away from IUPUI with excellent communication skills and proficiencies.
Connections with Local Hospitals and the IU School of Medicine
Our department has strong connections with the IU School of Medicine. IUPUI's urban campus is a short walk down the street from 4 hospitals in Indianapolis: Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital, Riley Hospital for Children, IU Health University Hospital, VA Hospital Indianapolis. The IU Health Methodist Hospital can be reached via shuttle, since it's only 1.6 miles away. Our senior capstone teams frequently partner with or shadow physicians from these facilities. Undergraduate students have research opportunities across a variety of clinical and non-clinical departments.
Resources for a Challenging Curriculum
While the BME program is challenging, our department provides endless resources for students to master content.
Our department has our own Peer-Led Team-Learning (PLTL) experience for the 200-level courses to provide students with additional review and practice. The PLTL model emphasizes how undergraduate students who have already taken the course can help new students practice difficult course topics. The PLTL experience can also be seen in non-BME courses, such as biology and chemistry. More about PLTL can be seen here.
Dedicated Staff & Faculty
Our staff and faculty at IUPUI are driven to make sure each student is successful. Course feedback is taken into account to make sure each course is the best it can be. Staff and faculty members also strive to be available for students as much as possible by holding in-person office hours (per COVID regulations) and being responsive via email. Instructors for each course are more than happy to provide students with additional information, explanation of concepts, and other resources to make sure students have the opportunity to be successful.
There are several student organizations that help students connect and collaborate. Listed below are some organizations that BME students are frequently involved in:
• Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES)
• Tau Beta Pi
• Society of Women Engineers
• VIDA Health Partnerships
Graduating with Life-Long Connections
Due to the nature of the BME program and curriculum, many students graduate from IUPUI with connections to students and faculty that will last a lifetime. Oftentimes alumni will come talk to students about their experience at IUPUI, how to be a successful student, job opportunities, and what it's like to be a full-fledged biomedical engineer. Graduates from our department are always welcome to connect with us and be involved in our growing community.