About Us

Bioengineering faculty and staff, August 2015.
Bioengineering faculty and staff, August 2015.

Bioengineering combines the analytical and experimental methods of the engineering profession with the biological and medical sciences to achieve a more detailed understanding of biological phenomena and to develop new techniques and devices designed to improve global health. The engineer's quantitative and analytical approach; traditional competence in the processing and control of information, energy, and materials; and ability to design and analyze systems are powerful tools when applied to biology, medicine, and quantitative studies of relationships between biological systems and their environments.

The Illinois Board of Higher Education approved the formation of the Department of Bioengineering at Illinois on December 9, 2003. Also approved at that time were the granting of Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Bioengineering.

The first cohorts of 22 undergraduates and 3 graduate students entered in Fall 2004, and the first class graduated in May 2008.

Currently the Department is home to 17 full-time faculty, more than 60 graduate students, and more than 240 undergraduates.

Department Organization

Professor Rashid Bashir

Graduate Program Director
Professor Deborah Leckband

Director of Undergraduate Programs
Marci Pool

Administrative Staff

Chief Academic Advisor & Undergraduate Program Specialist
Kerri Green

Graduate Programs Coordinator
Krista Smith

MEng Program Coordinator
Liezl Bowman

Associate Director of Communications
Susan McKenna

Operations Manager
Jennifer Ehrnthaller

Administrative Assistant
Erin Johnson

Office Associate
Lisa Leininger

Mailing Address

Bioengineering Department
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
1270 Digital Computer Laboratory, MC-278
1304 W. Springfield Ave.
Urbana, IL 61801

Telephone: (217) 333-1867
Fax: (217) 265-0246
bioengineering [at] illinois [dot] edu