The University of North’s Texas‘ College of Engineering is set to offer a significant expansion of its curriculum, which is bound to have a palpable long-term impact on biotech and the life sciences in Texas. In a press release on Tuesday, the University announced new bachelor’s and master’s degrees in biomedical engineering as part of the College of Engineering. The department will mark the sixth distinct department on the school’s campus, and will feature academic focus topics that are particularly germane to the cutting-edge biotech industry in Texas, such as biomedical instrumentation, bio mechanics, and bioinformatics.
College of Engineering Dean Costas Tsatsoulis heralded the launch of the new department and degrees as an entree into bringing in leading researchers in the field of biomedical engineering, and who will bring leading research and educational prowess with them: “Students who enroll in the new biomedical program will learn from engineering faculty who are world-renowned for their expertise in the biomedical engineering field,” he said. “Students also will have the opportunity to collaborate on research projects with faculty at the UNT Health Science Center in Fort Worth.”
The school sees the opening of the new department as a strategic response to the increasing need for meeting demands for medical device innovation in response to the ever-increasing average age of older Americans, and Texas’ particular strength in the medical device sector. The presence of the new department will help spur further research, product development, and jobs into the Texas biotech sector.
For more information about UNT’s College of Engineering, visit http://engineering.unt.edu/.