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The Marquette University and Medical College of Wisconsin Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering brings together the renowned engineering education and research of Marquette University and the innovative medical research and clinical practice of the Medical College of Wisconsin. Led by Department Chair Dr. Frank Pintar, this partnership provides an extraordinary foundation for those aspiring to join the next generation of biomedical engineers, scientists and physicians.
Marquette University and the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) have a long history of collaboration, dating back to when MCW was known as the Marquette University School of Medicine. In the 1960s, while they were still a single institution, the biomedical engineering program at Marquette was launched as one of the first in the country and was known as a pioneer in developing solutions for clinical applications.
More recently, Marquette and MCW faculty members have worked together on numerous transformational research discoveries in rehabilitation medicine, orthopaedics, trauma, and cardiovascular and pulmonary physiology. The organizations have partnered in offering joint master’s degrees in bioinformatics and healthcare technologies management, as well as a joint Ph.D. program in functional imaging. This long, successful history of collaboration is a primary reason why the Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering is destined for success.
One of the most exciting aspects of the Joint BME Department is the potential to advance your learning, problem-solving skills and engineering proficiency through exposure to engineering professors, industry mentors and faculty physicians who are working diligently to find solutions to modern health care challenges.
You can divide your time between the Marquette and MCW campuses, as well as clinical partner locations such as Froedtert Hospital, Children’s Wisconsin, the Versiti Blood Center of Wisconsin, the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center, Shriners Hospitals for Children and other labs around the world.
Your courses will take place on the main campus of Marquette University. However, you will have access to MCW faculty for specialized courses and experiences, as well as summer medical research programs on the MCW campus.