Erica Gaugler '15

Student Spotlight

Erica Gaugler '15:  Fusing Technology and Medicine

"Biomedical engineering has allowed me to live a full life with the use of both my legs. I want to help somebody else who may be in a similar situation."

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This is your opportunity to save lives. Develop improved materials for implantable artificial organs, design a better drug-infusion device or develop ways to prevent falls in the elderly.

Critical to a biomedical engineer is the extensive amount of technical knowledge required in order to be a highly competent engineer in addition to having a strong knowledge of the physiological and biological sciences. You'll get that background at Bucknell.

Did You Know?

All lectures and laboratories are taught by faculty members. Novel biomedical engineering facilities permit the direct integration of lecture and laboratory exercises.

Small class and laboratory section sizes (12-18 students) promote student-faculty interactions.

The biomedical engineering curriculum at Bucknell focuses on educating students to be well-prepared engineers with a strong understanding of the integration of medicine and engineering.

Teams of students design and build senior design projects under the mentorship of medical and clinical professionals.Student-oriented instructional and research partnerships exist with local and regional medical and clinical institutions.

Students have opportunities to conduct research with faculty in a wide range of biomedical engineering areas including injury mechanics, biomimetic materials, cardiac electrophysiology, and microfluidics.

Biomedical engineering students take courses in Bucknell’s biology and chemistry departments, which are nationally recognized for their excellence.

Get to Know Us

Joseph V. Tranquillo

Associate Professor

Joseph V. Tranquillo

Over the course of this challenge students learn that they are not trying to uncover how the world works, as they would in science. Rather, they learn the design process of transforming an idea into reality.

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Kathleen Bieryla

Assistant Professor

Kathleen Bieryla

If you want to get better at baseball, you practice baseball. So if you want to get better at recovering from a trip, why not practice recovering from a trip?

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Hands-on Experience

Outside the Classroom

Real World Experience

Student-oriented instructional and research partnerships exist with local and regional medical and clinical institutions.


Undergraduate Research

Each year, students conduct research on campus, in industry or at other academic institutions. Students may participate in faculty research in a wide range of areas including, but not limited to, cardiovascular fluid dynamics, biomimetic materials, injury biomechanics, cardiac modeling and tumor physiology and treatment.

Theory made real

Senior Design Project

In their senior year, students participate in year-long capstone projects that provide them with an opportunity to work with an external biomedical expert on real-world design projects. Students are exposed to clinical environments and are challenged to identify current medical needs for which they design and fabricate prototype medical device solutions.



ABET: Biomedical Engineering

Bucknell's biomedical engineering degree program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,


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