The Bioengineer is a non-scholarly source of glimpses and vantage points into the field. Whoever you are, I hope you stay a while and learn a thing or two.
What is bioengineering? What is biomedical engineering??
It is the application of math, science, technology, economics, art – all sorts of practical knowledge, really – to biology and medicine. It exists in research and entrepreneurship among countless other manifestations. The field began to take on an identity in the last few decades, but bioengineering has existed for centuries in “traditional” engineering disciplines (e.g. electrical, mechanical, chemical). I believe specific examples tackle this question better than any definition could, and you’ll find plenty in the contents of this site!
Whether the terminologies are synonymous is up for debate, but I use “bioengineering” and “biomedical engineering” interchangeably.
Cool cover photo! What is it?
The beautiful and deadly Salmonella serotype Typhi, courtesy of James Archer and the Public Health Image Library