Biomedical Engineering

Established by the Arizona Board of Regents: MS, PhD 1997

The Biomedical Engineering Program offers an M.S. and Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering and is a discipline that integrates the engineering sciences with biology and medicine. The field of biomedical engineering has seen a dramatic escalation in activity over the past 20 years, leading to the development of a wide variety of medical devices, medical procedures, and a basic understanding of biological processes. Engineering approaches are becoming increasingly important in modern biological and medical research and in the development of new technologies that stem from the recent discoveries. The Program is intended to provide the foundation for a career in Biomedical Engineering. To achieve this, the BME student will gain (a) an appropriate base knowledge of life sciences at the molecular, cellular, organ, and systems level; (b) an appropriate base knowledge of an engineering specialty at the graduate level; (c) experience and training in research, culminating in a major research project; and (d) experience and training in teaching, and in presenting research findings. These goals will be achieved via formal coursework, seminars, and investigator-sponsored research projects. The University of Arizona has established strengths in medical and biological engineering with faculty members providing education and research opportunities from nearly every scientific discipline on this campus. The 62+ faculty in the Program represent the Colleges of Medicine, Engineering and Mines, Agriculture, and Science.

Faculty Membership

Katerina Aifantis
Civil Engineering & Mechanical Engineering
Ara Arabyan
Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering
Harrison Barrett, Regents' Professor
Optical Sciences
Jennifer Barton
Biomedical Engineering
Ali Bilgin, Executive Committee
Electrical & Computer Engineering/Biomedical Engineering
Christopher Choi
Agricultural & Biosystems Engineering
Brett Colson
Cellular and Molecular Medicine
Joel Cuello
Agricultural & Biosystems Engineering
Pierre Deymier
Materials Science & Engineering
Erika Eggers, Executive Committee
Physiology
Jean-Marc Fellous
Psychology
Wolfgang Fink
Electrical & Computer Engineering
David Galbraith
Plant Sciences
Hendrikus Granzier
Molecular and Cellular Biology
Carol Gregorio
Cellular and Molecular Medicine
Roberto Guzman
Chemical and Environmental Engineering
Charles M. Higgins
Electrical Computer Enginering
John Konhilas, Executive Committee
Physiology
Daniel Latt
Orthopaedic Surgery
Mark "Marty" Pagel
University of Arizona Cancer Center
Linda Powers
Electrical & Computer Engineering
Jeffrey Rodriguez
Electrical & Computer Engineering
Marek Romanowski
Biomedical Engineering
S. Scott Saavedra
Chemistry & Biocemistry
Manoj Saranathan, Executive Committee
Radiology
Brad H. Story
Speech, Language, & Hearing Sciences
Vignesh Subbian
Biomedical Engineering
Pablo Fernando Martin Teran Arce
College of Medicine - Tucson
Theodore Trouard, Chair
Biomedical Engineering
Urs Utzinger
Biomedical Engineering
Xiaoyi Wu
Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering
Jeong-Yeol Yoon
Agriculture & Biosystems Engineering
Fredric Zenhausern
College of Medicine – Phoenix
Yitshak Zohar
Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering

Participating Colleges & Departments

Program Bylaws

The Graduate Interdisciplinary Program (GIDP) in Biomedical Engineering (BME) provides graduate educational activities in a broad range of biological and medical engineering areas. The BME GIDP involves faculty members from any college at the University of Arizona who share a common interest in biomedical engineering-related research and education. The structure and organization of the BME GIDP shall conform to the Guidelines for Interdisciplinary Programs established at gidp.arizona.edu.

It is the responsibility of the BME GIDP to provide a graduate educational program in the various areas of biological and medical engineering, to publicize the program, and to maintain graduate participants of the highest quality. It is also the responsibility of the program to encourage vigorous, productive research activities and maintain an interacting community of biological and medical engineers, scientists, and health professionals by providing seminars and promoting campus-wide interdisciplinary activities.

In the following sections the By-laws that govern policies and operating procedures are outlined.

Article I. Executive Committee and Chair of the Biomedical Engineering Graduate Interdisciplinary Program
The Executive Committee serves as the executive, policy and administrative agency for the BME GIDP. The Executive Committee is appointed by and responsible to the Faculty Director of Graduate Interdisciplinary Programs and the Dean of the Graduate College. The Chair of the Executive Committee shall also serve as Chair of the BME GIDP.

A. Chair of the Biomedical Engineering Graduate Interdisciplinary Program

1. The Chair of the BME GIDP will be appointed by the Director of Graduate Interdisciplinary Programs from nominees submitted by the Executive Committee. The Chair will serve a renewable four year term.

a. The duties of the Chair of the Committee are: a) call and preside at meetings of the Executive Committee as needed but not less than once per semester; b) call and preside at meetings of the BME GIDP at least once per year and as needed; c) appoint and supervise the Standing Subcommittees on Recruiting and Admissions, Program, Resources and Activities as detailed in Article II; d) administer the budget of the BME GIDP; e) manage administrative matters with the Graduate College and f) direct course change and approval forms and monitor catalogue copy.

2. The Executive Committee will consist of six faculty members, including the chairs of the standing subcommittees, one at-large member, and the Chair of the BME GIDP, as well as one BME GIDP graduate student. Faculty members of the Executive Committee will be appointed only from the members of the BME GIDP. Members of the Executive Committee will be appointed by the Faculty Director of Graduate Interdisciplinary Programs from nominations submitted by the Executive Committee. The graduate student member must be in good academic standing and have passed written and oral comprehensive examinations. The student member will be elected annually by the students. Outgoing members of the Executive Committee are not eligible for reappointment to the Executive Committee until one year after the termination of the previous appointment.

a. The Executive Committee is responsible for administering the graduate program in Biomedical Engineering including admission of graduate students and evaluation of continuing graduate students, publicizing the Biomedical Engineering program intra- and extra-murally, planning the development of the Biomedical Engineering Program, formulating the annual budget, securing and allocating necessary funding, and advising the Faculty Director of Graduate Interdisciplinary Programs and the Dean of the Graduate college on issues pertinent to Biomedical Engineering.

Article II. Standing Subcommittees

A. The Subcommittee on Recruiting and Admissions will be appointed annually by the BME GIDP Executive Committee and will consist of at least five faculty members and one graduate student who represent the various disciplines within the BME GIDP. The Chair of the Recruiting and Admissions Subcommittee will serve on the Executive Committee and will be appointed by the Faculty Director of Graduate Interdisciplinary Programs. The graduate student member must be in good academic standing and will be elected annually by the students. The Recruiting and Admissions Subcommittee shall be responsible for publicizing the program, developing an active minority recruitment plan, evaluating applicants, and recommending admission of qualified candidates to the Executive Committee.

B. The Program Subcommittee will be appointed annually by the BME GIDP Executive Committee and will consist of at least five faculty members and one graduate student who represent the various disciplines within the BME GIDP. The Chair of the Program Subcommittee will serve on the Executive Committee and will be appointed by the Faculty Director of Graduate Interdisciplinary Programs. The graduate student member must be in good academic standing and have passed written and oral comprehensive examinations. The student member will be elected annually by the students. The Program Subcommittee shall make recommendations to the Executive Committee on curriculum and course development. The Program Subcommittee shall prepare and maintain the Student Handbook, evaluate and approve student plans of study, and, on a yearly basis, prepare an evaluation of graduate student progress. The Program Subcommittee shall submit the report of student progress by to the Executive Committee in time for the fall meeting after the academic year covered in the report.

C. The Resources Subcommittee shall be appointed annually by the BME GIDP Executive Committee and shall consist of at least two faculty members and one graduate student who represent the various disciplines within the BME GIDP. The Chair of the Resources Subcommittee will serve on the Executive Committee and will be appointed by the Faculty Director of Graduate Interdisciplinary Programs. The graduate student member must be in good academic standing and will be elected annually by the students. The Resources Subcommittee shall be responsible for developing and implementing the overall financial plan for Biomedical Engineering including extramural fund raising for Program activities, identifying funding opportunities and advising students on predoctoral awards and applying for fellowships and scholarships from the Graduate College.

D. The Activities Subcommittee shall be appointed annually by the BME GIDP Executive Committee and shall consist of at least one faculty member and three graduate students who represent the various disciplines within the BME GIDP. The Chair of the Activities Subcommittee will serve on the Executive Committee and will be appointed by the Faculty Director of Graduate Interdisciplinary Programs. The graduate student members must be in good academic standing and will be elected annually by the students. The Activities Subcommittee shall be responsible for organizing educational and social events that promote interactions among the members of the Biomedical Engineering Program. These activities shall include at least one event in each fall and spring semester, and supervision of Student Forum.

Article III. Membership in the Biomedical Engineering Graduate Interdisciplinary Program
The Biomedical Engineering Graduate Interdisciplinary Program consists of tenure-eligible faculty members at the University of Arizona who participate in graduate education and research in Biomedical Engineering. An associate membership is available to non-tenure-eligible faculty. An affiliated membership is available to tenure-eligible faculty who meet some, but not all of, the criteria for regular membership. It should be noted that the Department of Biomedical Engineering is a separate unit, and membership in the BME GIDP does not confer an appointment in the Department of BME, nor vice versa.

A. Membership

1. Criteria

a. Tenure-eligible faculty shall be nominated for membership in the BME GIDP by submitting a request for membership and a recent curriculum vita to the Executive Committee. A two-thirds majority of positive votes of the Executive Committee shall be required for nomination to membership to the Faculty Director of Graduate Interdisciplinary Programs who shall confer membership. Criteria for membership shall include demonstrated biomedical engineering-related research activity, interest in graduate education, and resources for graduate training.

b. A member of the BME GIDP shall be dropped from membership for failure to participate in the activities of the Committee. Participation includes service as a thesis/dissertation director for graduate students in Biomedical Engineering, service on a BME GIDP subcommittee, teaching a graduate course in Biomedical Engineering or giving a departmental seminar on a topic related to Biomedical Engineering. Continued scholarly and research productivity in a biomedical engineering-related area is also required. Membership shall be subject to periodic review and failure to satisfy those criteria as decided by a two-thirds majority of the Executive Committee shall result in loss of membership or change in status to affiliate membership.

c. Members dropped from membership or changed to affiliate status may reapply for regular membership as specified in Article III, A.1.a.

2. Responsibilities

a. Members of the BME GIDP may serve as academic and research advisors of graduate students in the program, directors of graduate dissertation and thesis committees, and as members of graduate and comprehensive exam committees.

b. Members of the BME GIDP shall meet annually and as needed.

c. Each member of the BME GIDP shall have one vote on matters brought to the Committee by the Executive Committee. A quorum shall constitute one-third of membership. Failing a quorum, a mail vote shall be required.

d. Members shall be listed as Faculty of BME GIDP in the Graduate Catalog.

e. Members shall be expected to share in the financial support of graduate students under their mentorship at a level determined by the Executive Committee.

B. Associate Membership

1. Non-tenure-eligible faculty who otherwise meet the criteria for membership (Art. III, A.1.a.), may apply for associate membership in the Committee on Biomedical Engineering by submitting a request for membership and a recent curriculum vitae to the Executive Committee. A two-thirds majority of positive votes of the Executive Committee shall be required for election to associate membership.

2. Associate members shall have all the privileges and responsibilities of regular members (Art. III, A.2.) except that they shall only serve as co-directors of graduate dissertation committees in conjunction with a regular member, unless an exception is granted from the Graduate College enabling the affiliate member to serve as director.

C. Affiliate Membership

1. Tenure-eligible faculty who meet some but not all of the criteria for membership (Art. III, A.1.a.), may apply for affiliate membership in the Committee on Biomedical Engineering by submitting a request for membership and a recent curriculum vitae to the Executive Committee. For example, a physician faculty who has an interest in biomedical engineering research and education, but lacks sufficient research funds or release time to serve as a dissertation director may apply for affiliate membership. A two-thirds majority of positive votes of the Executive Committee shall be required for election to affiliate membership.
2. Affiliate members shall be listed as Faculty of the BME GIDP in the Graduate Catalog, and shall have voting rights. They are expected to participate in the BME GIDP through committee service, lecturing in courses or seminars, and serving on student committees.

D. Annual Reviews

1. All faculty members will submit an annual report documenting their contributions to the BME GIDP. This report will be reviewed annually by Chair of the BME GIDP, and will form the basis for recommendation by the Executive Committee to continue, drop, or change status of membership, as described in Article III, A.1.b.

E. Post-tenure Review and Promotion and Tenure policies

1. University policies and procedures with respect to the role and weight that participation in interdisciplinary programs plays in Post-tenure review, and Promotion and Tenure cases, is continuously evolving. The BME GIDP will make every effort to assist its members as needed in these matters. The Program maintains a copy of annual reports, which document contributions that members make to the Program; e.g. membership of student committees, supervision of independent studies, core courses taught, seminars given, and other such activities that are coordinated through the BME GIDP. Program faculty are nonetheless encouraged to maintain their own records including activities that are not ordinarily tracked by the Program staff and/or activities that they consider to be especially significant.

a. On request, the Program will provide its faculty, or an official University Committee or person assessing that faculty member, with this information.

b. On request, the Program Chair will provide a letter describing the level of a faculty member's activity in, and value to, the Program to whichever administrative person or committee is relevant to the case at hand.

c. On request, the Program Chair will meet with whichever administrative person or committee is relevant to the case at hand to detail the faculty member's contributions to the Program.

Article IV. Amendments
The By-laws shall be amended or revised by movement of the Executive Committee and a two-thirds positive vote of the membership of the BME GIDP

Last Revision July 23, 2010