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About the Department of Bioengineering

The Department of Bioengineering combines hands-on experience with the solid fundamentals that students need to advance themselves in research, medicine, and industry. The Department has a long-standing and unique relationship with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and other academic departments at the University of Pittsburgh as well as neighboring Carnegie Mellon University. Our faculty are shared with these organizations, offering our graduate and undergraduate students access to state-of-the-art facilities and a wide array of research opportunities. We currently have 187 graduate students who are advised by some 100 different faculty advisers, pursuing graduate research across 17 Departments and five Schools. Our undergraduate class-size of approximately 50 students per year ensures close student-faculty interactions in the classroom and the laboratory.

The main engineering building is located next to the Medical Center in Oakland, an elegant university neighborhood with museums, parks, and great restaurants. Beautiful new facilities have also been built, a short shuttle ride from the main campus, along the Monongahela River, replacing the steel mills that once were there. Our department is growing rapidly, both in numbers of students and faculty, and in the funding and diversity of our research. The Pittsburgh bioengineering community is a vibrant and stimulating alliance of diverse components for which our department forms an essential and central connection.

Bioengineering By The Numbers


Number of Undergraduate Students enrolled for the 2019-2020 Academic Year


Number of PhD Candidates enrolled for the 2019-2020 Academic Year


Number of Masters Candidates enrolled for the 2018-2019 Academic Year


Number of PhD Degrees Awarded in 2018-2019 Academic Year


Number of MS Degrees Awarded in 2017-2018 Academic Year


Number of BS Degrees Awarded in 2018-2019 Academic Year


Number of Faculty Publications in 2018-2019 Academic Year


Number of Graduate Publications in 2018-2019 Academic Year


Number of Undergraduate Publications in 2018-2019 Academic Year