Department Information


Message from the Department

Welcome to the Department of Biomedical Engineering. Established in February 2004, the department is housed in the Applied Engineering and Technology Building (AET). This department offers unique opportunities for collaboration, discovery, and learning. The vibrant growth of this young Biomedical Engineering Department is attributed to the enthusiastic and superb quality of the students, dedicated staff and faculty, and the interdisciplinary environment at UTSA.

In addition to the exciting interdisciplinary research, faculty from the Department of Biomedical Engineering are involved in the UTSA/UTHSCSA Joint Graduate Program in Biomedical Engineering, in collaboration with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. We appreciate your interest in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at UTSA and extend our warmest welcome to you from the Department.

Mission Statement

The strategic vision of UTSA is to be a premier public research university, providing access to educational excellence and preparing citizen leaders for the global environment. Its mission is the advancement of knowledge through research and discovery, teaching and learning, community engagement and public service. As an institution of access and excellence, UTSA embraces multicultural traditions and serves as a center for intellectual and creative resources as well as a catalyst for socioeconomic development and the commercialization of intellectual property - for Texas, the nation and the world. As part of the UTSA 2020 Blueprint, currently in Phase I, the institution will refine and advance the university's existing strategic plan – A Shared Vision UTSA 2016. In the pre-strategic planning phase, a framework was created with the following main areas of priority (the six pillars): educational excellence, superior infrastructure, innovative research and discovery, strong community involvement, superior student experience, and world-class graduate programs.

The mission of the College of Engineering (COE) at UTSA is to provide world-class education and research opportunities to the region’s multicultural community, as well as to the nation and beyond. This includes preparing students for lifelong learning and jobs in the engineering profession, research leading to innovative technologies, partnerships with industry, connecting both locally and globally, and pursuing excellence in every endeavor. The COE envisions becoming an internationally recognized, research-intensive education entity, serving as the economic driver for the local region and a workforce developer for the nation through excellence in research and education.

The Department of Biomedical Engineering is committed to providing a learning environment that encourages discovery and advancement for the betterment of its students and the community. Through its biomedical engineering educational programs, externally funded research and public service, the Department seeks to serve the professional training needs of San Antonio, south central Texas and beyond. It is committed to developing well-rounded, competitive biomedical engineering professionals to support the University's mission.

The Biomedical Engineering (BME) Department is commited to developing well-rounded, competitive biomedical engineering professionals to support the University's mission.

  1. To provide high caliber BME education to students interested in the field of Biomedical Engineering.
  2. To provide opportunities for BME research to students with a unique combination of clinical and engineering experiences.
  3. To form collaborations in bioengineering-related educational and research opportunities that will be of significant benefit to the San Antonio and South Texas technical and business communities.
  4. To effectively support the University's mission by encouraging minority participation in graduate and undergraduate studies.


Program Educational Objectives

The educational objectives for the UTSA Biomedical Engineering undergraduate program are electronically available on the Department website.  Specifically, the objectives of this program are to prepare graduates who are expected to:

Contribute positively in the biomedical engineering industry and/or other sectors such as hospitals, government agencies, and academia.
Enhance competence in biomedical engineering by exercising the practice of bioengineering in industry or pursuing an advanced and/or professional degree in bioengineering.
Work successfully as a member in a team environment to facilitate biomedical engineering practices.

These educational objectives are postulated with the rationale of achieving long term specific technical skills and competency, and to conform to the ABET Criteria for Accrediting Engineering Programs, 2016-2017. The process used for doing so involved inputs from the Biomedical Engineering faculty, the BME Program Advisory Board and current students. It should be noted that the program graduated its first class of students in May 2015. Details of the process are given in Section E.

Student Outcomes

We expect our graduates to demonstrate that they have attained the following skills:

a.    an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering

b.    an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data

c.     an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability

d.    an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams

e.    an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems

f.     an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility

g.    an ability to communicate effectively

h.    the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context

i.      a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning

j.     a knowledge of contemporary issues

k.    an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice

Additionally, we prepare our graduates to have experience in:

l.      applying principles of engineering, biology, human physiology, chemistry, calculus-based physics, mathematics (through differential equations) and statistics;

m.   solving bio/biomedical engineering problems, including those associated with the interaction between living and non-living systems;

n.    analyzing, modeling, designing, and realizing bio/biomedical engineering devices, systems, components, or processes; and

o.    making measurements on and interpreting data from living systems

Position Openings

Job Opportunities for Biomedical Engineering Dept.The Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME) at the University of Texas at San Antonio invites applications for two tenured/tenure-track positions at the Assistant, Associate or Full Professor levels. Candidates with research programs in the areas of biomechanics, regenerative medicine, neural engineering or cancer are encouraged to apply. Required qualifications for the positions include a doctorate more...