Clemson University’s Department of Bioengineering has been widely recognized as a pioneer in the field of biomaterials science and engineering and is renowned for its leadership in biomaterials research and education. One of the oldest in the world, Clemson’s bioengineering program began in 1963 with the inception of a Doctor of Philosophy. A Master of Science was added in 1966 and a Bachelor of Science in 2006.
Clemson has one of the oldest bioengineering programs in the world and is widely recognized as a pioneer in the biomaterials field. Both master’s and Ph.D. programs are offered to motivated engineering and life sciences students. The department has ongoing collaborations with the University of South Carolina, Medical University of South Carolina, Greenville Hospital System, Emory University and Carolinas Medical Center.
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Program of Study
MS: The curriculum for the Master of Science degree consists of a core of recommended bioengineering courses supplemented by elective courses that provide a student greater depth in his/her specific area of interest.
Two degree options are offered at the master’s degree level: a Thesis and a Non-Thesis option. The minimum time period necessary to complete the Master’s Degree is normally 18 months, out of which at least one academic semester must be undertaken in residence as a full-time student at Clemson University.
Ph.D: Candidates applying to the bioengineering doctoral degree program must provide evidence of their potential success in advanced graduate study. The selection of courses for the doctoral degree is flexible and depends on the background and objectives of each candidate. A typical program includes a minimum of 18 semester hours of graduate level courses beyond the master’s degree requirements. Students interested in obtaining a doctoral degree should enroll directly into the doctoral program from their baccalaureate degree. A master’s degree is not required for application to the doctoral program. Qualifying and comprehensive examinations must be passed before a student is accepted officially as a Ph.D. candidate. The qualifying examination involves a written report, oral presentation and examination of the student’s understanding of the bioengineering literature related to their specific doctoral research project. The exam is administered by the student’s advising committee members and other appointed bioengineering faculty with an expertise related to the science and engineering topics addressed in the literature review. The Ph.D. degree in bioengineering can also be jointly conducted with an M.D. degree at the Medical University of South Carolina.
The University’s Biosystems Research complex, built in 2004, serves as a focal point for biotechnology research. The $24 million facility includes fully equipped laboratories for polymer synthesis and characterization, mechanical testing, histopathology, tribology, surface analysis, image analysis, cell culture, computer-aided analysis and design, and virtual reality. Other facilities available include animal surgery facilities and electron microscopy facilities with supporting staff and machine shops with support technicians.
Among the laboratories available in the Department of Bioengineering are a mechanical testing laboratory (Instron 3120 and 8874, Vitrodyne V1000), biotribology laboratory (Instron-Stanmore knee simulators and unidirectional and multidirectional friction and wear testing systems), surface analysis laboratory (TOPO-3D and NT-2000, Wyko Corp.), histopathology laboratory (EXAKT System for hard tissue histology, Polycut E, grinders, polishers and soft tissue processing facilities) and additional laboratories for cell culture, tissue engineering, computer simulation and biomaterials evaluation. State-of-the-art equipment for material characterization (FTIR, XPS, SEM, TEM, DSC, DMA, NMR, FAME, etc.) are available in the Department of Bioengineering, the School of Textile, Fiber and Polymer Science, and the Materials Science and Engineering Program.
Collaboration with the Greenville Hospital System (GHS) and the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) opens doors for clinically based bioengineering research. The Department of Bioengineering offers research support for the fellowship program in endovascular surgery at GHS. Enhanced teleconferencing capabilities allow students and researchers to participate in remote classes, grand rounds, clinical discussion and collaborative research. Faculty of the Department of Surgery are actively involved in classroom teaching on vascular engineering and pathology, biocompatibility and biomaterials implantology. Graduate students conduct clinical internships and research projects in clinical departments at both GHS and MUSC. This extensive collaboration format also exists with the Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. Numerous partnerships have also been established between the department and medical device and development companies. These partnerships involve short-term industrial internships and rotations, and on-site graduate research as formally established with Poly-Med Inc. (http://www.poly-med.com) and Smith & Nephew Inc. (http://www.smithnephew.com). Industrial partners also participate in the professional development of students through annual career panels and in-house workshops.