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Chair: Russ B. Altman

Co-Chair: Stephen R. Quake

Professors: Russ B. Altman, Annelise E. Barron, Dennis R. Carter, Scott L. Delp, Norbert J. Pelc, Stephen R. Quake, Matthew Scott, James R. Swartz, Paul Yock

Associate Professors: Kwabena Boahen, Karl Deisseroth, Charles Taylor

Assistant Professors: Zev David Bryant, Jennifer R. Cochran, Markus Wilard Covert, Andrew Endy, Kerwyn C. Huang, Christina D. Smolke, Fan Yang

Courtesy Professors: Sanjiv Sam Gambhir, Michael T. Longaker, Stefanos Zenios

Courtesy Associate Professors: Jeffrey A. Feinstein, Garry E. Gold, Kim Butts Pauly

Affiliated Faculty: Atul J. Butte, Rebecca Fahrig, Stuart B. Goodman, Sarah Heilshorn, Ellen Kuhl, Marc E. Levenston, Craig Levin, Mark Musen, David S. Paik, Sylvia K. Plevritis, Mark J. Schnitzer, Krishna V. Shenoy, Daniel Mark Spielman

Student Services: Clark Center, Room S-166

Mail Code: 94305-5444

Student Services Phone: (650) 736-2254

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Courses offered by the Department of Bioengineering are listed under the subject code BIOE on the Stanford Bulletin's ExploreCourses web site.

Bioengineering is jointly supported by the School of Engineering and the School of Medicine. The facilities and personnel of the Department of Bioengineering are housed in the James H. Clark Center, the William F. Durand Building for Space Engineering and Science, the William M. Keck Science Building, the Jerry Yang and Akiko Yamazaki Environment and Energy Building, and the Richard M. Lucas Center for Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy and Imaging.

The departmental headquarters is located in the James H. Clark Center for Biomedical Engineering and Sciences, along with approximately 600 faculty, staff, and students from more than 40 University departments. The Clark Center is also home to Stanford's Bio-X program, a collaboration of the Schools of Engineering, Medicine, Humanities and Sciences, and Earth Sciences.

Courses in the teaching program lead to the degrees of Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy. The department collaborates in research and teaching programs with faculty members in Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and departments in the School of Medicine. Quantitative biology is the core science base of the department. The research and educational thrusts are in biomedical computation, biomedical imaging, biomedical devices, regenerative medicine, and cell/molecular engineering. The clinical dimension of the department includes cardiovascular medicine, neuroscience, orthopedics, cancer care, neurology, and environment.

Mission of the Undergraduate Program in Bioengineering

The mission of the Department of Bioengineering is to create a fusion of engineering and the life sciences that promotes scientific discovery and the development of new biomedical technologies and therapies through research and education. The Bioengineering (BIOE) major enables students to embrace biology as a new engineering paradigm and apply engineering principles to medical problems and biological systems. Students who major in BIOE obtain a solid background in the basic sciences (chemistry, physics, and biology) and mathematics. They take three engineering fundamentals courses including an introductory bioengineering course and computer programming. Starting in the sophomore year, BIOE students take six core classes to gain essential knowledge to pursue a career in bioengineering and then have the opportunity to pursue elective courses suited to their own interests. The major prepares students to continue on to graduate or medical school; work in the biotechnology, medical device, medical imaging, or other medical and non-medical industries; or pursue advanced degrees in business or law.

The department offers an undergraduate major in Bioengineering (BIOE) leading to the B.S. degree in Engineering. An undergraduate major in Biomechanical Engineering and an undergraduate major in Biomedical Computation, both of which lead to the B.S. degree in Engineering, are available through the School of Engineering. For further information, see the Handbook for Undergraduate Engineering Programs at

Learning Outcomes

The department expects undergraduate majors in the program to be able to demonstrate the following learning outcomes. These learning outcomes are used in evaluating students and the department's undergraduate program. Students are expected to be able:

  1. to apply the knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.
  2. to design and conduct experiments, as well to analyze and interpret data.
  3. to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability.
  4. to function on multidisciplinary teams.
  5. to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
  6. to understand professional and ethical responsibility.
  7. to communicate effectively.
  8. to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.
  9. to demonstrate a working knowledge of contemporary issues.
  10. to apply the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.
  11. to transition from engineering concepts and theory to real engineering application.

Graduate Programs in Bioengineering

The University's requirements for the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees are outlined in the "Graduate Degrees" section of this bulletin.

Admission—Students are expected to enter with a series of core competencies in mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics, computing, and engineering. Students entering the program are assessed by the examination of their undergraduate transcripts and research experiences. Specifically, we require that students have completed mathematics through multivariable calculus and differential equations, completed a series of undergraduate biology courses (equivalent to BIO 41,42,43 series) and completed physics, chemistry, and computer sciences courses required of all undergraduate majors in engineering.

Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply for predoctoral national competitive fellowships, especially those from the National Science Foundation. Applicants to the Ph.D. program should consult with their financial aid officers for information and applications.

The deadline for receiving applications is December 1, 2009.

Further information and application forms for all graduate degree programs may be obtained from Graduate Admissions, the Registrar's Office,

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