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October 25, 2001
Vol. 28, No. 12



The politics of interpreting Islam

UT scholars: World events challenge journalism ethics

Archer Fellows serve in Washington, D.C.

ExxonMobil gives $158,500

UT staffer gives $700,00 for scholarships

UT team seeks to save Ukraine historic site

Inaugural D. Harrington Symposium Nov. 2

Longhorn Halloween Oct. 28

Dr. Laura Flawn dies in collision

UT's bell ringer making music for nearly 50 years

Professor Jaime Delgado dies

UT grad students empowered in wake of Sept. 11 tragedy

UT researchers discover wood pulp replacement

UT engineers unlock defense body's protectve systems

New process detects cancer's ability to spread

Dr. Wood leads team in $80 million quake study

Undergrad biomedical engineering program created

FACTS brochures available

Faculty Council

News Briefs


Hearts of TX Campaign ends Oct. 31

UT book de-mystifies directing


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New undergraduate degree program in biomedical engineering created at university's College of Engineering

Recognizing the growing demand for highly engineered medical diagnostic equipment and biotechnology, The University of Texas at Austin has created a new Department of Biomedical Engineering within the College of Engineering. The new department teams the university’s top-10 nationally ranked College of Engineering with M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, the nation’s premier cancer center, and the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston.

Employing faculty from all three institutions, the Department of Biomedical Engineering will offer a new undergraduate degree program with three specialization tracks: cellular and molecular imaging and instrumentation, cell and tissue engineering, and computational biomedical engineering. The curriculum will provide a thorough training in the fundamentals of engineering science, design and biology, emphasizing integration of knowledge from the molecular and cellular levels to the tissue and organism levels.

Students will be able to undertake clinical research internships made available through the newly formed Biomedical Engineering Center at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston. Biomedical engineering research internships also will be offered through partnerships with various biomedical companies within Texas and nationwide. A focal point of the curriculum is practical experience in biomedical engineering design.

The undergraduate program, which at full capacity is expected to accommodate 500 students, will enroll its first freshmen in the fall semester 2002. Graduates in biomedical engineering from UT Austin can expect to work in industry (for example, biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies), in hospitals, in research facilities of educational and medical institutions, in teaching, and in government regulatory agencies. For details concerning the curriculum, visit the department’s Web site.

For more information about the program, contact Rudy Ortiz, 512-471-4254, undergraduate coordinator/academic advisor, Department of Biomedical Engineering.

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