What Will You Do?
Biomaterials Engineering majors study the interaction between non-living materials and biological systems. Our graduates will develop next generation biomaterials devices for applications such as:
- New diagnostic instruments (including bimolecular materials hybrid devices such as gene chips).
- Novel therapeutic strategies such as tissue engineering and implants for biosensors and targeted/controlled drug delivery systems
- New biomaterials for classic applications such as orthopedic devices.
Program educational objectives (or PEOs) are broad statements that describe what we expect graduates of AU's biomaterials engineering program to attain 3-5 years after graduation. PEOs are reviewed and revised regularly to ensure that the program educational objectives are relevant to the needs of today's employers.
Program Educational Objectives (PEOs)
During the first few years after graduation:
- Graduates will be qualified for careers in the medical device industry alongside related, and general, materials fields. Graduates will occupy positions with high technical skill requirements and managerial responsibility.
- Graduates will be prepared to continue their educational endeavors in both technical and non-technical fields including graduate studies in Biomedical Engineering, Tissue Engineering, Medical Devices, general materials and other science and engineering majors; MBA programs, medical and veterinary schools, law school or short course/workshops applicable to growth within a chosen technical field.
- Graduates will be prepared to lead in the development of their professions including society activities, scholarly publications and student recruiting and mentoring.
Program Outcomes (Student Learning Outcomes)
Graduates of the Biomaterials Engineering program at Alfred University will have:
- An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering.
- An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
- An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability.
- An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams.
- An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
- An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
- An ability to communicate effectively.
- The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.
- A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning.
- A knowledge of contemporary issues.
- An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.
Nationally, about a third of biomedical materials undergraduates go straight on to the job market, a third to graduate school (law, business, etc.), and a third to medical school.
Within the past few years, graduates have obtained jobs as:
- Lab Technician/Fluid Dynamics Specialist - AluChem, Inc.
- Quality Control Engineer - Alveolus
- Technician III - Adecco Technician at Corning, Inc.
- Orthopedic Surgery, Biomedical Materials Engineer - Medical College of Ohio at Toledo
- Sales Engineer - Filtros Ltd.
- Associate Development Program - Nobel Biocare Procera, Inc.
- Project Analyst - Bristol Meyers Squibb
- Research Chemist - Battelle at Pacific Northwest National Labs
- Process Engineer - Corning, Inc.
- Inorganic Chemistry Research Contractor - General Electric
- Research Engineer - Schott Inc.
- Nuclear Power School Instructor - U.S. Navy