Biomedical Engineering Program Area

Within their engineering sciences degree, students may choose a concentration in biomedical engineering (BME). The BME Program Area provides structure and guidance for this concentration including both basic and applied science and engineering, as well as translational science, to address grand challenges in human health.

BME Program Area Lead: Ryan Halter

The Student Experience

We are committed to offering individualized mentoring of our student's professional development toward becoming enabled, independent professionals, and to maximizing the quality our student's experience through scholarship, coursework, and community.

A BME student presents her poster at the "Research-in-Progress" symposium.

Students are expected to propose a plan of study that supports their interests, potentially including distinctive intellectual paths unconstrained by disciplinary boundaries and enriched by interdisciplinary synergies.

Most graduate study is advanced through the research thesis and disseminated through contributions to the peer-reviewed literature, presentations at professional meetings, and in some cases patents and other forms.

We seek to foster stimulating and accessible intellectual communities among students and faculty interested in BME within Thayer, across Dartmouth, and among researchers and practitioners from around the US and the world.

Biomedical Engineering Research

BME research, carried out at both Thayer and the Williamson Translational Science Building at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, addresses key challenges in the following sub-areas supported by leading faculty in their fields.

Collaboration Spotlight

Cancer Research Institute at Dartmouth

Innovative minds across Dartmouth and Dartmouth Health are coming together through the Byrne Family Cancer Research Institute, to amplify discoveries for patients worldwide.


Individualized plans of study are developed by students with their faculty mentors pursuant to gaining both a broad understanding of science and engineering relevant to BME, and also depth in one or more technical areas within the student's focus area. Technical depth is addressed through courses often relevant to the research areas listed above.

Graduate Degrees

Students interested in obtaining a PhD, MS, or MEng focused on BME are encouraged to contact faculty lead Ryan Halter or other individual faculty in their areas of interest. Applicants are also invited to visit campus and meet with engineering students and faculty.

Undergraduate Degrees

Students interested in the AB/BE, or Partner School Dual-Degree program with a focus on BME are encouraged to contact Applicants are also invited to visit campus and meet with engineering students and faculty.