In order to keep pace with the growing demand for biomedical engineers, the Weldon School has envisioned an exciting and bold leadership plan through the expansion of its educational programs, research capabilities, and industry outreach.
Thanks in part to an NIH-funded grant to establish a multidisciplinary, team-based, clinical needs-driven approach to translational engineering design, the Weldon School senior design paradigm now closely resembles real-world situations.
Since Ben Bauer (BSBME 2012) was the first Weldon School co-op student five years ago, the School's co-op and internship programs have experienced explosive growth and success thanks in part to a growing awareness of biomedical engineers, their multidisciplinary skill set, breadth of knowledge, and track record for success.
As global health issues continue to rise, so too will the demand for biomedical engineers who are prepared to address such challenges in international settings. A study abroad program is a logical choice for students seeking to add international experience to their resume, and Purdue offers more than 350 general study abroad programs in dozens of countries. But until a few years ago, none were specific to biomedical engineering, and for Weldon students, who have a rigorous engineering curriculum, a general semester abroad program would often extend their academic tenure.
While many college students returned home last summer and worked odd jobs that likely had little to do with their aspirational careers, Weldon undergraduate student Max Youngs stayed at Purdue and worked as a researcher on a technology that may one day appear in a clinical setting.
A new academic advisor at the Weldon School is working solely with undergraduates to ensure all biomedical engineering students have the resources they need to succeed. Jana Castellanos joined the Weldon School in July 2013 as an undergraduate advisor. She hails from Bogota, Colombia and graduated from the University of Michigan with a master’s degree in higher education. Castellanos has dual citizenship in both Colombia and the United States.
In December 2013, Dr. Charles Babbs (MD, PhD), faculty member of the Weldon School, was inducted into the Book of Great Teachers at Purdue University. Only 384 professors have received this honor in the history of the award.
Join us as we advance both higher education and the medical device and biotechnology fields. If you are interested in learning more about the Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering, please contact Brian Knoy at firstname.lastname@example.org. We would like to learn about you, answer your questions, and schedule a visit.