The Department of Biomedical Engineering

The Penn State Department of Biomedical Engineering is still a relatively young department established in 2000. Though it is one of youngest departments in the College, it is also one of the fastest-growing. The department oversees the undergraduate program in biomedical engineering and the graduate program in bioengineering as part of the Intercollege Graduate Degree Program.

To keep up with the increasing demands of the department, the College of Engineering is committed to a major expansion—one of the most exciting elements of the College’s vision for growth! The department’s faculty will double in size, from twelve to twenty-four professors, over the next four years, and it will also increase its annual acceptance of undergraduate students from 40 to 100 students. These changes are not merely about size, but quality as well.

The new chemical engineering and biomedical engineering building will be essential to this process. The new building will provide the classrooms, offices, and state-of-the-art equipment that will not just accommodate the planned growth but will provide the kind of first-rate facilities that can attract some of the best new faculty members and graduate students in the nation, who will take the department to new heights of excellence.

The chemical engineering and biomedical engineering building represents a truly transformational moment for Penn State Biomedical Engineering.

Quick Facts

  • Year Established: 2000
  • Department Head: Dr. Cheng Dong, Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Engineering
  • Current Location: Hallowell Building
  • Undergraduate Student Enrollment (2015-2016): 158
  • Graduate Student Enrollment (2015-2016): 56
  • Total Research Expenditures (FY 2014-2015): $5,370,504 (research expenditures include subcontracts and internally funded projects)
Visit Biomedical Engineering Surge

“Collaborative work is a huge part of what we do in biomedical engineering. As a graduate student, I’ve collaborated personally with several materials scientists and chemical engineers to help me gain a better understanding of the fundamental structures behind what I was trying to create. Combining the departments of bioengineering and chemical engineering in the new building will be a huge asset because of the close relationship between the fields. That will open the door to a lot of collaborative work and exchanges of ideas. If you encounter someone whose expertise is valuable for your research, you just walk over to his or her lab and say, ‘Hey, I’m working on this, and I could really use your expertise here.” And simply having a brand-new building will help students feel motivated to do cutting-edge work in a technologically advanced field.”
—Surge Kalaba (BS ’13; MS ’16)

Additional Information



Designed to meet the needs of our students and faculty for decades to come, the new Chemical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering Building will reflect our deep commitment to excellence in engineering education and research, conveying to prospective students and faculty that Penn State is the best home for their work or study—the right place to bring their thirst for knowledge, their ideas and innovations, and their passion for teaching and learning engineering. That, in turn, will strengthen both departments and enhance their ability to have a positive impact on the world.

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