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. The curriculum includes a unique 3-course sequence that allows students to develop and market a medical device, exposing them to the real-world applications of medical technologies. 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.

Olivia Coiado, Assistant Professor


Biomedical Engineering, Bioacoustics, Instrumentation, Medical Acoustics, Cardiovascular Biomechanics, New Therapy

  • Teaches: Introduction to the Health Care Industry, Anatomy & Physiology for Biomedical Engineers, Biomedical Instrumentation & Computer Interfaces, Capstone
  • Doctor of Electrical Engineering, University of Campinas, Brazil
  • Master of Science in Electrical Engr., University of Campinas, Brazil
  • Bachelor of Sci in Medical Physics, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil
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Joseph Hoffbeck, Associate Professor


Communication Systems, Signal Processing, Speech Processing, Remote Sensing

  • Teaches: Digital Signal Processing
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Purdue University, W. Lafayette
  • Master of Science in Electrical Engr., Purdue Univ., W. Lafayette
  • Bachelor of Sci in Electrical Engr., Purdue Univ., W Lafayette
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Peter Rachor, Director for Entrepreneurship & Innovation


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

  • Teaches: Management of Technology for Medical Devices
  • Bachelor of Arts in Finance, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
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Caitlin Cairncross, Graduate Program Coordinator


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