Facts & Stats
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Duke BME provides an outstanding educational and research environment to train engineers who go on to profoundly impact industry and medicine.
First accredited undergraduate BME program in the U.S.
Since our founding as the Division of Biomedical Engineering in 1967, our faculty and students have been leaders in biomedical engineering research, education and innovation.
In 1972, our undergraduate BME program was the first accredited in the United States.
Today, BME is the second-largest graduate program at Duke and the seventh-largest undergraduate major.
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Duke BME Rankings
Consistently among the very best
#3 graduate biomedical engineering program
#4 undergraduate biomedical engineering program
#3 in the country for highest median starting salary for biomedical engineers—$70,000
Top 10 Best School for Engineering Majors by Salary Potential
Top 15 US college that pays off the most for engineering students
Duke is ranked #4 STEM university for women and #12 national university overall
Sources: U.S. News & World Report, Medical Product Manufacturing News, Payscale.com, CNBC, Forbes
Duke bme at a Glance
- 37 tenured or tenure-track faculty, including:
- 3 Members, National Academy of Inventors
- 2 Members, National Academy of Engineering
- $48 million in new research awards, fiscal 2020
- 182 undergraduate students, fall 2020
- 88 BSE graduates in the Class of 2020 (May graduates, BME first major only)
- 106 Master of Science students
- 43 Master of Engineering students
- 226 PhD students
- 20-plus companies launched by Duke BME faculty
Centers and Institutes
BME faculty participate in the following centers and institutes:
- Center for Biomolecular and Tissue Engineering (CBTE) — includes NIH pre-doctoral training grant (Gersbach, PI)
- Fitzpatrick Institute for Photonics (FIP)
- Duke MEDx
- Duke Cancer Institute (DCI)
- Duke Center for Genomic and Computational Biology
- Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI)
- Duke Institute for Brain Sciences (DIBS)
- Center for Entrepreneurship and Research Commercialization (CERC)
- Center for Global Women's Health Technologies
- Center for the Study of Neurodevelopment and Improving Children’s Health Following Environmental Tobacco Smoke Exposure (NiCHES)
Updated March 30, 2021