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Bioengineering Program Expands

For a program whose work sometimes focuses on the very small, bioengineering at Santa Clara University is growing very big. “Since the creation of the undergraduate bioengineering degree program in 2009,” said Yuling Yan, chair and associate professor, “we have experienced consistently increasing enrollment as well as strong interest in a graduate degree program.” In response, the University Trustees approved the creation of the Department of Bioengineering (the program had been operating within electrical engineering) and a Master of Science degree program in bioengineering, effective this fall.

bioe“The field of bioengineering and biomedical science has advanced many technologies with the potential to radically change the world of healthcare as well as society’s perspectives on life in general,” said Yan, “but these advances have the potential to negatively impact the lives of human beings the world over if they are not advanced in ethically and socially responsible ways. SCU, as a leader in academic excellence and the promotion of high ethical standards and social responsibility, is uniquely positioned to ensure that this field is populated with people who value both scholarship and service to the underprivileged and impoverished.”

Bioengineering is the fastest growing area of engineering today and Silicon Valley is home to countless medical device and pharmaceutical companies. SCU bioengineering students enjoy internships, field trips, and collaboration with technological innovators based right in our own backyard. In addition to the full-time bioengineering faculty, the program draws adjunct faculty from local medical device and biotech industries and has an outstanding advisory board of industry leaders.

“The growth of bioengineering at Santa Clara University over the past four years has been phenomenal,” said Yan. “With these changes, we are even better able to serve our students and—through them—the world.”