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Biomedical Engineering


The Department of Biomedical, Industrial, and Human Factors Engineering offers a program of graduate study leading to a Master of Science in Engineering (M.S.E.) degree with a major in biomedical engineering. The M.S.E. program is broad in scope and emphasizes portable concepts in the design and analysis of complex physical systems using modeling, synthesis, and optimization techniques, and bridges interdisciplinary engineering areas such as controls, robotics, electronics, and communications.

A Ph.D. in engineering with a major in biomedical engineering is also available. For details, see Engineering Ph.D. Program.


To be considered for admission to the M.S.E.-Biomedical Engineering program, students must first satisfy basic requirements of the School of Graduate Studies. This includes having a bachelor’s degree in engineering or a related area with an overall undergraduate grade point average of at least 2.7 (on a 4.0 scale) or an overall undergraduate grade point average of at least 2.5 with an average of 3.0 or better for the last 90 quarter hours (60 semester hours) earned toward the undergraduate degree. International students must have a TOEFL score of at least 550/213 or an IELTS score of at least six. In addition, the program requires students from non-ABET accredited undergraduate programs to submit general GRE test scores. Program admission decisions are based on complete application information including overall academic performance and standardized test scores where applicable.


The Dayton Area Graduate Studies Institute provides collaboration opportunities through the graduate engineering courses, faculty, and research resources of the Air Force Institute of Technology, the University of Dayton, The Ohio State University, and the University of Cincinnati.

Degree Requirements

Students should plan a program of study in consultation with a faculty advisor. The program of study should be finalized by the time the student completes 12 credit hours of graduate study.

The following requirements must be met for the Master of Science in Engineering degree:

1. Completion of 45 graduate credit hours in courses that have prior approval by a BIE graduate advisor.

2. At least 36 of the total 45 graduate credit hours must be engineering or computer engineering courses. At least 24 of these must be biomedical engineering courses.

3. At least 24 of the 45 graduate credit hours must be courses numbered 700 or above.

4. At least 6 of the total 45 graduate credit hours must be courses in mathematics, statistics, or computer science.

5. Students may choose either a thesis option or a 45 credit hours graduate advanced course work option. The thesis option consists of a research project satisfying all requirements of the School of Graduate Studies. The final report (thesis) must be completed and successfully defended in an oral examination before the major committee. Up to 12 credit hours of 899, Thesis, may count toward degree requirement of 45 graduate credit hours.


Graduate students have access to a wide range of computer systems interconnected by local and wide-area networks. Access is available to three DEC Alpha AXP 4000/610’s; numerous Sun, DEC, and Silicon Graphics fileservers and workstations; X-windowing terminals; and personal computers. Access is also available to the Ohio Supercomputer via the Ohio Academic and Research Network (OARNET). In addition, each graduate faculty member has a well equipped research laboratory with a network of heterogeneous computers and peripherals. Please visit http://www.cs.wright.edu/bie/ for details. Also see section on Computing and Telecommunications Services (CaTS).


Thomas N. Hangartner, biomedical engineering, medical imaging, CT scanning, instrumentation, computers
Ping He, biomedical engineering, medical imaging, ultrasonics, instrumentation, biomedical signal processing
S. Narayanan (chair), modeling, interactive systems, simulation, decision aiding
Chandler A. Phillips, human control systems, biomechanical modeling, orthotic and ergonomic engineering
Blair A. Rowley, biomedical engineering, rehabilitation engineering, computer applications to augmentative communication, instrumentation, bioelectric effects of low-level electrical currents on tissue growth and healing, engineering education methodologies

Affiliated Professor
Marvin Miller, bone strength and density in infants and children, radiological imaging, biomechanical bone mechanisms, medical genetics

Associate Professor
David B. Reynolds, prosthetics/orthotics engineering, biomechanics, biomimetics, pneumatic muscle, biofluid mechanics

Assistant Professor
Julie A. Skipper, biomedical engineering, medical imaging, CT scanning, instrumentation, computers

David M. Kender, biomedical electronics, human factors engineering

Graduate Assistantship

Assistantships are available to students on a competitive basis. Students awarded assistantship support are eligible for stipends and remission of tuition fees. Interest in financial support should be indicated at the time of application.


Research in biomedical engineering currently encompasses two main areas: medical imaging and ergonomic/biomechanical engineering. Included are orthotic/prosthetic engineering, orthopedic engineering, soft-tissue biomechanics, medical ultrasound with emphasis on soft tissue characterization, specialized CT scanners with emphasis on sensitivity and imaging of bone, computerized augmentative communications for the disabled and applied biomaterials. Facilities include laboratories at the university and at area hospitals. The Biomedical Imaging Laboratory and the Air Force Research Laboratory offer unique opportunities for research projects involving instrumentation, mechanics, and computers applied to medical and industrial-government problems. Graduate students in biomedical engineering work on real-life problems.

Research at Wright State is not limited to academic laboratory facilities. Several industrial companies, laboratories, and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base are involved in joint research efforts with the university and have unique facilities that are available for faculty and graduate research.

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