Biomedical Engineering (BME) is concerned with a wide range of engineering problems encountered in medical and surgical treatment, in the interactions of people and machines in a variety of environments, in human disabilities, assistive devices and medical instrumentation systems, and in the furthering research in neuroanatomy, biomechanics and neurophysiology.
This field is expected to be the fastest-growing sector in the next 10 years. A Biomedical Engineer requires a thorough understanding of the principles of the human body to design technological solutions to cater to its various needs. Further information and description of Biomedical Engineering can be found in this IEEE Video.
The Biomedical Engineering Option at the School of Engineering Science is a joint program between the School of Engineering Science, and the School of Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology. It has evolved from the long-standing collaborations and interactions between faculty and students in the two schools. Due to its very nature, this curriculum is highly interdisciplinary and is taught by faculty from both the schools, a major strength of this option. Students taking the Biomedical option acquire a solid background in Engineering combined with biomedical-related knowledge and expertise from coursework in chemistry, biology, human physiology, biomechanics, biomedical instrumentation and biomedical signal processing.
Options and faculty members
The Biomedical Engineering option at the School of Engineering Science at SFU has three main sub-options to further tailor the curriculum to student's interests and leverage our existing core strengths.
Assistive Devices and Rehabilitation Engineering
- Biomedical signals and instrumentation
- Rehabilitation and assistive devices
- Premedical option that provides the background courses required for subsequent entry into medical school
Because of the complexity, depth and breadth of the curriculum, a higher caliber and performance is demanded of the Biomedical Engineering student. Hence, the BME option is offered only as an honors program. The honors requirements include that the student 1) must maintain a 3.0 GPA, and 2) complete a B.A.Sc. thesis in the senior year.
The B.A.Sc. thesis document is basically an extended report - is typically between 50-60 pages long and the technical research and writing usually takes 2-3 months once the topic is defined. Finding a thesis topic is not hard; the proposed solution need not be original and, in fact, the implementation may be an adaptation of methods in published scientific literature to the particular problem at hand. The thesis work is done in conjunction with a Professor in the school.
The experience gained in writing a B.A.Sc. thesis is very valuable. It is a signal to future employers that the student is able to work independently on a problem of reasonably large scope and identify, analyze and propose a good solution thereby distinguishing the student from others who do not have thesis writing experience. Several north American universities also admit students who have done a bachelors thesis directly into their doctoral program, bypassing the requirements of a master's thesis potentially saving valuable time for those intending to go on to doctoral studies.
The Premedical concentration designed to prepare graduating Engineers for entry into medical school does not require a senior undergraduate thesis.
The biomedical engineering industry is experiencing quick growth in B.C. and elsewhere - these careers may be in store for you.
- Biomedical engineering departments in hospitals
- Research either directly in the industry or graduate programs at universities
- Here is a partial List of Medical Device Companies in British Columbia:
- Kardium Inc
- Lungpacer Medical Inc
- SparkIntegration Technologies Inc
- Technimed Biomedical Ltd
- Raven Biotech Inc
- Boreal Genomics Inc
- Balbo Medical Systems
- Biolux Research Ltd
- Daan Diagnostic Ltd
- Evasc Medical Systems
- HeartForce Medical Inc
- LED Dental Inc
- LifeScan Canada Ltd
- LightIntegra Technologies
- Neovasc Inc
- Neurokinetics Health Services(B.C.) Inc
- Response Biomedical Corp
- Sorin Group Canada – Mitroflow Division
- Starfish Medical
- Urodynamix Technologies Ltd
- Pyng Medical
For information on how to apply or how to transfer into Biomedical Engineering, please also cc your email to the FAS advisors at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For information on specific courses, please contact the Undergraduate Program Assistant in Engineering Science.