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Message from the Department Head

Welcome! The Bachelor of Science program in Biomedical Engineering was approved by New York State in the Fall of 2009 and the inaugural class enrolled in the Fall of 2010 as part of the Department of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering.  With two rapidly growing programs the Institute decided to commission the construction of Institute Hall, which opened its doors in January of 2013.  The new building has provided the program with state-of the art laboratories, office space and teaching facilities. In the Spring of 2014, the program became a stand-alone department with our first class of students scheduled to complete the 5-year cooperative education based curriculum in May of 2015.  The Biomedical Engineering department at RIT offers a diverse curriculum that stresses the development of a solid set of quantitative, analytical, and design skills that are specifically targeted toward biomedical endeavors in addition to the advantage of RIT’s signature cooperative education program. We also have a strong faculty with ambitious research agendas that engage both graduate and undergraduate students.

The main principles of the Biomedical Engineering program are: the integration of engineering principles with biomedical science, a solid foundation with technical and free electives that provide depth and breadth to each student’s college experience, and the incorporation of one year of flexible cooperative employment. The department strives to provide students with a well-rounded college experience that prepares them to enter directly into the work force as technically competent sought-after professionals or to provide them with the fundamental knowledge to continue their education in graduate programs.

Please browse the BME website to learn more out about this exceptional program. If you need additional information on how to become involved with the department, please feel free to contact me at or arrange an appointment with Ms. Renee Milliken at 585-475-7144 or via email at

Steven Day, Ph.D.