Biomedical Engineering

Graduate Degree Program Summary

Graduate degrees offered


  • Ph.D.*
*Ph.D. is available through the Unified Ph.D. Program in Engineering with a specialization in Biomedical Engineering
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Contacts for Biomedical Engineering

Graduate Field Chair

Dr. Linxia Gu

Staff Secretary

Ms. Kathie Hiatt

Campus Address

W342 Nebraska Hall

Lincoln NE 68588-0526

Application checklist and deadlines

Required by the Office of Graduate Studies

See also: steps to admission.

Required by Biomedical Engineering in GAMES

After you apply, allow one business day for us to establish your access to GAMES, where you'll complete these departmental requirements:

  • Entrance exam(s): GRE (International applicants only)
  • Minimum English proficiency: Paper TOEFL 550, Internet TOEFL 79, IELTS 6.5
  • Three recommendation letters
  • Personal statement of research interests
  • Resume

When sending GRE or TOEFL scores, UNL's institution code is 6877 and a department code is not needed.

Application Deadlines for Biomedical Engineering
FOR FINANCIAL CONSIDERATIONFall: February 15 Spring: October 15 Summer: February 15
OTHERWISERolling admissions, contact the department for more information.


Although housed in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, biomedical engineering at Nebraska is highly interdisciplinary, integrating engineering, biology, and medicine. Collaboration occurs among students and faculty from several of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln engineering departments and between those in industry at local hospitals and medical centers. Major emphasis is placed on employing engineering techniques to improve human health by understanding both the engineering and medical needs of a situation.

Careers in medical research and medical practice including applications in tissue engineering, biomaterials, biomechanics, biosensors, bioinstrumentation, nanobiology, medical imaging, robotics, and ergonomics, as well as clinical, orthopedic and rehabilitation engineering are all possible through biomedical engineering. The rewards are great when using the problem-solving skills learned in engineering to find solutions to healthcare issues.

Courses and More

Students in Biomedical Engineering are most likely to take courses in: See also: Course Catalog in the Graduate Bulletin.

Students will work with an advisor to create a Program of Studies or Memorandum of Courses during the first half of their coursework.

Faculty and research

Eveline Baesu
Solid Mechanics; Electromechanical Effects; Fiber Networks; Biomechanics
Ezekiel Bahar
Electromagnetic and Acoustic Wave Propagation; Optical Identification of Biological and Chemical Materials; Microwave Remote Sensing; Scattering Depolarization
Gregory Bashford
Biomedical Imaging; Noninvasive Blood Flow Velocity Measurement; Noninvasive Measurement of Musculoskeletal Tissue Injury; Imaging/Sensing for Mental Health Applications
Mark Beatty
Dentistry; Development of Maxillofacial Prosthetic Materials; Cartilage Tissue Engineering
University of Nebraska Medical Center
Ram Bishu
Ergonomics; Quality Control; Information Processing; Design and Experiments; and Statistics
Florin Bobaru
Meshless Methods; Shape and Material Optimization of Solids; Functionally Graded Materials
Jennifer Brand
Supercritical Processing; Boron Carbide Devices; Polymers for Harsh Environments
Song Ci
Wireless Data Networks; Intelligent Network Management; Multimodal Sensor Networks; System Modeling and Optimization; Green Computing; Battery Power Management; Cognitive Networks; Cyber-Enabled E-Healthcare
Yuris Dzenis
Nanomaterials; Nanomanufacturing
Shane Farritor
Miniature Surgical Robotics; Biomechanics; Biomedical Device Design
E. Terence Foster
Structural Engineering; Materials Science; Biomedical Engineering; Engineering Mechanics; Computer Applications
George Gogos
Transport Phenomena in Vaporizing and Combusting Sprays; Thermal Processes in DNA Multiplication; Laser and Materials Interactions
Linxia Gu
Computational Mechanics With Experimental Validation; Multiscale Modeling; Fluid-Structure Interaction; Material Characterization; Traumatic Brain Injury; Vascular Mechanics; Minimally Invasive Medical Device Design
M. Susan Hallbeck
Innovative Design and Ergonomic Analysis: Development of Laparoscopic Surgical Tools, Methodology Standardization For Operating Room Medical Device Usability, Development of Neutron Detection Sensors
Michael Hoffman
Digital Signal Processing; Joint-Source and Channel Coding; Data Compression
Jerry Hudgins
Power Electronic Device Characterization; Silicon and Wide Bandgap Materials
Srivatsan Kidambi
Neural and Stem Cell Tissue Engineering, Nanoscale Drug Delivery Systems for Gene Therapy, Novel Thin Films for Sensor Applications
Jung Yul Lim
Cell Responses to Biomaterials and Biophysical Signals; Biomaterial Surface Engineering and Patterning Tools; Biomechanics and Biomaterials; Cell Mechanotransduction; Nano-Materials and Nano-Structures; Fibers and Nano-Fibers
George Meyer
Machine vision; Electrical optical sensors; Thermal and spectral analysis for plant detection, identification, enumeration, physiological properties and stress applied to both field and greenhouse site specific crop management
Carl Nelson
Robotics and Mechanical Systems
Dmitry Oleynikov
Laparoscopic and Esophageal Surgery; Esophageal Motility; Robotic Surgery
University of Nebraska Medical Center
Shadi Othman
Biomedical Imaging; Magnetic Resonance Elastography; Soft Tissue Mechanobiology
Angela Pannier
Biomaterials; Nonviral Gene Delivery; Tissue Engineering
Lance Perez
Communications; Information Theory; Error Control Coding
Ashok Samal
Computer Vision; Geographic Information Science; Document Analysis; Parallel and Distributed Computing
Khalid Sayood
Patterns in Data; Data Compression; Joint-Source and Channel Coding; Bioinformatics
Terry Stentz
Construction Ergonomics; Construction Productivity; Human Factors
Nick Stergiou
Biomechanics; Human Movement Variability and Injury Prevention
University of Nebraska at Omaha
Anuradha Subramanian
Bioseparations; Tissue Engineering
Benjamin Terry
Biomedical Research; Medical Therapeutics, Devices, and Surgical Tools; Intuitive, Ambulatory Biosensors; Biomechanical Behavior of Tissues and Organs
C. W. Solomon To
Sound and Vibration Studies; Solid and Computational Mechanics; System Dynamics and Controls
Joseph Turner
Multiscale Characterization; Elastic and Stochastic Wave Propagation; Experimental Ultrasonics; Linear and Nonlinear Vibrations; Structural Acoustics
Jerald Varner
Digital Signal Processing
William Velander
Plasma-Derived Medicines; Hemophilia Treatment; Coagulation Science; Transgenic Production of Biopharmaceuticals
Hendrik Viljoen
Solid Phase Reactants; Thermal Stresses and Crack Development; Piezoelectric Sensors; Point-of-Care Diagnostics; Theoretical Investigation of Errors in Polymerase Chain Reaction Process
Wayne Woldt
Groundwater Engineering and Management; Constructed Wetlands for Wastewater Treatment; Odor Management
John Woollam
Thin Films; Interfacial and Environmental Effects on Materials

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