Mission and Objectives

A. Mission Statement

A.1. Biomedical Engineering Mission Statement

The mission of the BME undergraduate program is to provide students with a broad and flexible education in engineering and biological science as well as medically related subjects. The students are prepared to analyze, synthesize, and link knowledge in the multi-disciplinary fields, with the emphasis on quantitative approaches and methods. The students will be integral part of the society to improve the understanding and control of biological processes towards improving human health. Our curriculum guides our students toward skill in creating new knowledge and technologies as well as applying current knowledge.

A.2 Rutgers Mission:

Rutgers is New Jersey’s comprehensive public university: a learning community dedicated to excellence in creating knowledge through research and scholarly inquiry; preparing students with the competencies needed for personal enrichments, career development and lifelong learning; and employing knowledge for the common good and to address the needs of a changing society.

Vision Statement
Students are at the heart of our work.  The Division of Student Affairs at Rutgers University-New Brunswick intends to excel in meeting the developmental needs of students and to engage each of them in transformative learning experiences.  We are determined to create student-centered learning communities throughout the university that celebrate the rich diversity of our students and communities and promote healthy lifestyles, constructive leadership, and global citizenship.  We are committed to providing exceptional service, cutting-edge programs, and first-rate facilities while practicing dynamic collaboration across and beyond the rich variety of units in our division.

The full statement can be found here.

A.3 Mission of the School of Engineering:

The School of Engineering Mission Statement was revised and ratified by the faculty on October 7, 2011. The mission statement is as follows.

Educate and train the future engineers for a complex, diverse and global workplace.

  • Provide innovative, high quality, relevant education to undergraduate and graduate students using the latest technology and educational techniques.
  • Engage a diverse student body that exemplifies the core values of an engineering education for the purpose of improving and developing systems that solve complex problems and improve quality of life.

Conduct state-of-the-art and relevant research that embraces technology to address societal challenges of a multi-faceted United States and a globally connected world.

  • Conduct cutting-edge research in strategically important engineering areas.
  • Create an environment to encourage and assist faculty to become research leaders in their fields, gaining further national and international recognition.

Serve as a resource to local, state and regional stakeholders to advance the public interest.

  • Promote economic development through technology, entrepreneurship and innovation.

The full statement can be found here.

B. Program Educational Objectives

The BME program educational objectives (PEO) are consistent with the mission of Rutgers University and with the overall mission of the School of Engineering as stated above.  These objectives were modified and ratified by the faculty on April 12, 2012.The University mission and aims of the School are printed in the Undergraduate Catalog for the School of Engineering, read by prospective students and entering freshmen.  The educational objectives of the Biomedical Engineering Program are to educate students to attain the following:

  1. To provide broad education in engineering, biology and medicine; and to establish themselves as practicing professionals in biomedical or biotechnology industries or engage themselves in advance study in biomedical engineering or a related field.
  2. To make positive contributions in biomedical industries and/or other sectors.
  3. To demonstrate their ability to work successfully as a member of a professional team and function effectively as responsible professionals.

The BME mission statement and PEOs are available to the public.  Also, note that one change has been made to the educational objectives since the last ABET visit. The change was a rewording of the objectives to make them consistent with the most recent ABET definition of Program Educational Objectives, although the sense of the objectives is unchanged.

C. Student Outcomes 

The student outcomes (SO) were adapted in the previous first ABET cycle. These outcomes reviewed and ratified by the faculty on April 12, 2012.Therefore, each Biomedical Engineering student will demonstrate the following attributes by the time they graduate:

  1. an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics (including multivariable calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, and statistics), science (including chemistry, calculus-based physics, and the life sciences), and engineering.
  2. an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
  3. an ability to design and realize a biomedical device, component, or process to meet desired needs.
  4. an ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams.
  5. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
  6. an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
  7. an ability to communicate effectively.
  8. the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context.
  9. a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning.
  10. a knowledge of contemporary issues.
  11. an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

The student outcomes were established with the goal that they must be compatible with the program educational objectives and the mission of the School and University.  Furthermore, the outcomes should be measurable, in the sense that our success in achieving them can be quantified.  The BME student outcomes are available to the public and here on the BME website.

D. Enrollment and Degree Data

BME Program Enrollment and Degree Data

  1. Class of 2015: 113 students (83 male and 37 female)
  2. Class of 2016: 136 students (76 male and 60 female)
  3. Class of 2017: 134 students (88 male and 46 female)
  4. Class of 2018: Undeclared at this time (July 2015)