Bioengineering - Research Areas
The Institute focuses teaching and student research on the area of medical devices, in the following areas:
- Prosthetic and Therapeutic Devices
- Diagnostics and Imaging
- Surgical Devices and Technology
- Cardiovascular Biomaterials
- Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation
Since 1990, sponsored funding at Penn State/Hershey has doubled, to $52 million projected for the current year. Approximately 70% of this sponsored support is obtained competitively from the National Institutes of Health. In addition to sponsored funding, the Medical Center contributes approximately $5 million per year to support pilot and feasibility projects and research resources and facilities. The history of collaborative research involving Bioengineers in the College of Engineering and faculty, students and research staff in the College of Medicine goes back to the start of the artificial heart program, shortly after the construction of the Medical Center campus (1970). Over the past twenty-four years there have been numerous collaborative research efforts between Bioengineering at University Park and the College of Medicine at Hershey. Engineers working and studying at the Medical Center have found it to provide a unique environment, which enables them to gain an understanding of clinical practice and the role of biomedical devices and technology that they could not have gained in a pure engineering environment.