John A. Viator, Ph.D., Director

Mary Jo Babinsack, Academic Advisor and Business Manager
Biomedical Engineering Program
Email: bme@duq.edu
Phone: 412.396.2662

Biomedical engineers are among the Fastest Growing Occupations in Pennsylvania, 2008-2018.

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Biomedical Engineering

Duquesne University's major in biomedical engineering is select and focused on high quality curriculum and meaningful research experience. Graduates will be well-prepared for careers in healthcare, manufacturing, research and government as well as graduate studies, law school, medical or other professional doctoral programs. 

The Biomedical Engineering Profession

Biomedical engineering (BME), like any branch of engineering, uses scientific and mathematical principles to solve relevant problems facing the world.  BME is focused on improving human health.  It is a large field and encompasses many distinct areas such as:

  • biomedical optics
  • biomaterials
  • orthopedic biomechanics
  • biophysical interactions
  • drug delivery and
  • biosensor development

Career opportunities for biomedical engineers are growing. On a national level, the Occupational Outlook Handbook 2010 - 2022 (US Bureau of Labor Statistics) indicates the field is growing much faster than average. Biomedical engineers are also among the Fastest Growing Occupations in Pennsylvania 2008-2018.

Dr. John A. Viator, Program Director

Dr. Viator is the inaugural director of the biomedical engineering program.  Most recently, Dr. Viator was an associate professor in both the bioengineering and dermatology departments at the University of Missouri (MU), where he also was a faculty investigator for the Christopher S. Bond Life Sciences Center. In his research lab, Viator and a team of students have been researching better ways to detect melanoma and early detection of additional types of cancer that have metastasized, such as breast cancer.  Read more about Dr. Viator »