Master's of Biomedical Engineering

The master’s of biomedical engineering is a 12-month professional program that immerses students in the technical, scientific, medical, business, and management aspects of the healthcare industry. Between the interdisciplinary curriculum, the experiential internship, and the connection to a thriving healthcare community in Portland, graduates will be well prepared to tackle current and future healthcare challenges.

Biomedical engineering is an interdisciplinary field that involves the development of new technologies in healthcare - from managing patient information that aids in decision-making, to improving diagnostic equipment, to designing therapeutic solutions that treat disease and injury. Biomedical engineering directly impacts the quality of human life and requires professionals who are innovative, ethical, and sensitive to the business of healthcare delivery. Biomedical engineering is also a growing field - in 2012, Forbes magazine ranked biomedical engineering as the #1 major in the United States, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a 62% job growth rate in the biomedical engineering profession from 2012 – 2020.

For more information about our faculty, please see areas of expertise below. For questions, please contact the appropriate staff member listed below.

Heather Dillon, Associate Dean for Graduate Programs

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  • Ph.D, Mechanical Engineering, University of Washington
  • M.S., Applied Mathematics, University of Washington
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Idaho
  • B.Sc., Mechanical Engineering, University of Idaho
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Kathleen Bieryla, Assistant Professor

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  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • M.Sc., Mechanical Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • B.Sc., Bioengineering, University of Pittsburgh
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Jon Down, Associate Professor, Pamplin School of Business

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  • Ph.D., University of Washington, Seattle
  • M.B.A., Harvard Business School
  • B.Sc., Oregon State University

Joseph Hoffbeck, Professor

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Communication Systems, Signal Processing, Speech Processing, Remote Sensing

  • Teaches: Digital Signal Processing
  • Ph.D., Purdue University, W. Lafayette
  • M.Sc. Electrical Engineering, Purdue University., W. Lafayette
  • B.Sc. Electrical Engineering, Purdue University, W Lafayette
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Peter Rachor, Director for Entrepreneurship & Innovation

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Biomedical Engineering, Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Commercialization, Ideation Processes, Business Development

  • Teaches: Management of Technology for Medical Devices
  • B.A. Finance, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
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Jen Symons, Assistant Professor

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Jen Symons, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Musculoskeletal Biomechanics, Injury Prevention, Athlete Performance, Musculoskeletal Modeling

  • Teaches: Biomechanics, Anatomy and Physiology for Bioengineers, Design of Experiments
  • Ph.D., Biomedical Engineering, University of California, Davis
  • M.Sc., Biomedical Engineering, University of California, Davis
  • B.Sc., Mechanical Engineering and Aeronautical Science, University of California, Davis
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Edward Wachtel, Instructor

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Engineering mechanics/Orthopedic Biomechanics, Structure property relationships and constitutive equations, Mechanical testing (materials and product).

  • 1985 M.Sc., Material Science and Engineering, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA.
  • 1983 B.Sc., Biomedical Engineering, magna cum laude with Departmental Honors, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA.
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Caitlin Cairncross, Graduate Program Coordinator

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