Department Head's Message

Bioengineering at Illinois: The place to be

Department Head Rashid Bashir

Among the top 25 Bioengineering programs in the country, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Department of Bioengineering is growing thanks to a $100 million Grainger Engineering Breakthroughs Initiative gift. We are hiring additional faculty and growing our student populations.

In June 2018, our department will move to its new home in Everitt Lab, which is undergoing a $55 million renovation. When complete, our faculty and students will have access to some of the best instructional and research facilities in the country, including the $10 million Jump Simulation Center, which the new Carle Illinois College of Medicine will use to train a new type of doctor uniquely equipped to transform health care.

As the field of bioengineering continues to address challenges in cancer, neuroscience, age-related diseases, and global health, Illinois Bioengineering faculty, students, and alumni are poised to make a significant, lasting impact through systems-level thinking and approaches, enabled by computation, sensing, and feedback controls.

In fact, we have a history of longstanding strengths in imaging, biosensors and bionanotechnology, mechanobiology, and biophysics, and growing strengths in synthetic biology, computational and systems medicine, and regenerative medicine. Our bioengineering faculty have established important partnerships with interdisciplinary research institutes and facilities on campus such as the Carl Woese Institute of Genomic Biology, Beckman Institute, Micro & Nanotechnology Lab, Materials Research Lab, and the National Center for Supercomputing Applications — along with increasing clinical collaborations at Carle Hospital in Urbana, Mayo Clinic in Rochester, and the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Now is an opportune time to be involved in Bioengineering at Illinois, as it is ideally positioned to achieve worldwide aspirations of having a profound biomedical and translational impact on medicine and health.

Rashid Bashir 
Grainger Distinguished Chair in Engineering
Head, Department of Bioengineering
Interim Vice Dean, Carle Illinois College of Medicine
Professor of Bioengineering, and Electrical & Computer Engineering


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