March 30, 2016




Ahoya March 30, 2016 Newsletter

Marquette University and Medical College of Wisconsin announce Biomedical Engineering Department



Marquette University and the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) have announced the creation of the Marquette University and the Medical College of Wisconsin Biomedical Engineering Department which will bring together the engineering education and research expertise of Marquette and the medical research, technology and clinical expertise of MCW to provide an inclusive education model for the next generation of engineers, scientists and physicians.

Marquette’s longstanding Department of Biomedical Engineering will expand to the joint department with MCW in July of this year offering undergraduate and graduate degrees. Enrolled students will work in state-of-the art labs at both campuses, as well as the hospitals and clinics in the region for hands-on education with real-world biomedical engineering challenges and opportunities. Students in the Bachelor of Science degree programs are based at Marquette with experiences at MCW, while those in advanced degrees will divide their time between Marquette and MCW, as well as MCW clinical and research partner locations such as Froedtert Hospital, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, the BloodCenter of Wisconsin, and the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center.

Marquette and MCW have a shared vision for the new biomedical engineering department to become the center for innovation, and an international destination for industry research and development partners to find new and better medical treatments and devices that improve patient care and quality of life,” said Michael Lovell, PhD, president of Marquette University. “We believe strongly in this department’s ability to further support economic growth in this region, building upon the medical device, imaging and pharmaceutical innovation that already exists in the area.

The new department will offer students the ability to participate in research as diverse as imaging and instrumentation, orthopedics and rehabilitation, neurosystems and neurorehabilitation, cardiovascular and pulmonary research, genomics, computational biology, bioinformatics, molecular imaging, cell and tissue engineering, drug discovery and technology development. In addition, the institutions plan to recruit faculty with expertise in cutting-edge fields like nanotechnology, and cellular and molecular level biomedical research.

Our fully integrated medical and engineering research capabilities will enable us to rapidly grow southeastern Wisconsin’s biomedical engineering capabilities and reputation to drive clinical outcomes and economic development. We view this partnership as a great opportunity to build on the strong foundation of industrial and healthcare expertise that is woven into the fabric of this region,” says John R. Raymond, Sr., MD, president and CEO of MCW. “We know that biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies have a growing need for individuals with advanced expertise in various areas of biomedical engineering specialization, and our plan is to expand to meet that demand.”

Marquette and MCW have a long history of collaboration; from 1913 to 1967 MCW was the Marquette University School of Medicine. In the 1960s, while they were still a single institution, the biomedical engineering program at Marquette University was launched as one of the first in the country. In recent decades, Marquette biomedical engineering faculty members have worked with MCW faculty physicians and scientists on transformational research in rehabilitation medicine, orthopedics, trauma and cardiology. The organizations also have partnered in offering joint master’s degrees in Bioinformatics and Healthcare Technologies Management, as well as a joint PhD program in Functional Imaging.

The biomedical engineering department expects to increase enrollment capacity substantially in the next several years, primarily in the master’s degree and PhD programs, providing further opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to advance their careers and make an impact on biomedical innovation. A national search will commence in April to identify a chairperson to lead this new department.

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