Bioengineering Department Chair Statement

A statement on the future of Bioengineering from Department Chair, Peter Lelkes.

Bioengineering Department Chair Statement

Welcome to Temple University! The College of Engineering is the fastest growing college at Temple University, and our newest department, bioengineering, is a significant contributor to this growth.

It is, indeed, an exciting time to join our young and dynamic Department! Founded in January 2012, our department has grown significantly in the past four years. We are now, as of fall 2016, a thriving community of about 300 undergraduate students, some 50 graduate students, 11 core faculty members and some 2 dozen affiliated faculty from across the entire university. The trends show that we will continue to grow: we expect to increase both our undergraduate and graduate student populations.

In terms of our educational mission, we developed in the past 4 years a comprehensive bioengineering curriculum, both at the undergraduate and graduate levels, emphasizing the translational /entrepreneurial strengths of our discipline. We offer BSc, BS/MS, MSc and PhD programs in several pathways, such as Biomaterials, Bioimaging, Bioinstrumentation, Biomechanics, Tissue / Regenerative Engineering and Neuroengineering. Our undergraduate program also serves as one of the established pre-health sciences pathways. We proudly graduated our first cohort of undergraduates in the spring of 2016.

We pride ourselves on being the home of a first-rate, nationally and internationally recognized basic and translational bioengineering research enterprise that is supported by extramural funds from NIH, NSF, DoD and others. Our newly renovated, state-of-the-art research facilities (ca. 20,000 square feet) are second to none in the entire city of Philadelphia and attract graduate students, postdocs, visiting scientists and scores of our undergraduate students who pursue exciting bioengineering research projects throughout the entire year!

Amongst of the most exciting prospects for a truly interdisciplinary graduate research program are the close links to and collaborations with the Health Science campus (School of Medicine, School of Dentistry, School of Pharmacy, Shriner’s Hospital) and the Fox Chase Cancer Center, which recently became an integral part of Temple University. 

Temple University is a more than 100-year-old urban university with a long tradition of excellence. The urban setting allows for unprecedented access to the amenities of a big city, such as Philadelphia, with all its cultural and recreational offerings. Of great attraction is also the strategic positioning of this historic city, located halfway between Washington DC and New York City, less than 1 hour form the Atlantic shore or from the Poconos! 

Being the first, being pioneers, brings great opportunities in terms of building something new and has great rewards in terms of satisfaction of accomplishment. Now that you visited our website, we invite you to visit us in person and join us in Philadelphia to share this exciting new path! Fell free to contact me or any of our faculty if you are interested in more information.

Peter I. Lelkes

Laura H. Carnell Professor and Chair