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Biomedical Engineering Overview          

According to the US Department of Labor, Biomedical Engineers "advance knowledge and technology in engineering, biology and medicine, and combine engineering sciences with biomedical sciences and clinical practice. Biomedical engineers develop devices and systems that advance biology and medicine, and improve medical practice and health care provisions. They work cooperatively with biologists, life scientists, chemists and medical scientists to develop products, such as prostheses, instrumentation and medical information services, for use in the biology and medical-related fields." See the video on the Biomedical Engineering Department Web site for more information.

Biomedical engineers are employed by places including hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, consumer products companies, medical device and testing companies, government agencies, universities in research and academia, and medical schools. The department at Columbia prepares students for careers in areas such as the medical device industry, engineering consulting, biomechanics, biomedical imaging, and biotechnology; graduate studies in biomedical engineering or related fields; and attendance at medical or dental school. Top employers in the field include: Boston Scientific, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Celgene, Genentech, Genzyme, Johnson & Johnson, Kimberly Clark, Mayo Clinic, Medtronic, Merck, Colgate-Palmolive, Pfizer.  Sloan Cornerstone Career Center hosts a list of other employers to explore.

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      • Pathways to Science: To find programs such as undergraduate summer research opportunities, graduate fellowships, postdoctoral positions, as well as resources and materials pertaining to recruitment, retention, and mentoring
      • American Academy for Advancement of Science: A resource list of AAAS career development programs
      • National Science Foundation REU Sites: The Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program supports active research participation by undergraduate students in any of the areas of research funded by the National Science Foundation
      • List of BME summer programs (research/internships)
      • BME Career Alliance: Internship and job posting database from the BME Career Alliance. BME students at CU can email Professor Hillman for assistance locating discount access codes. Also shares free resources here for career research
      • BMES Job Board: Internship and job posting database from the Biomedical Engineering Society
      • EMBS Job Board: Internship and job posting database from the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
      • Engineering Jobs – Biomedical: A very broad range of jobs specifically limited to biomedical engineering opportunities
      • Hum-molgen: A specialty site dedicated to collecting available career positions in bioscience and medicine
      • Bio Find: Along with tracking trends, listing events, and collecting news stories, this site also gathers job listings
      • Research Gate: A network dedicated to science and research. Connect, collaborate and discover scientific publications, jobs and conferences
      • Engineering Central: Lists engineering positions and resumes across all engineering disciplines
      • Engineer.net: A broad-scale engineering job-search engine that many companies use to find new talent

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      Last updated December 2014