Medical Engineering Department

The Department of Medical Engineering (MedE) is one of the seven departments in the Division of Engineering and Applied Science (EAS) at Caltech and its efforts are strongly engineering-oriented. Many of the faculty in the Department have strong collaborations with the biology-oriented efforts of the Biological Engineering program in the Division of Biology and Biological Engineering (BBE). The research and academic pursuits of the Medical Engineering faculty are focused on applying medical sciences and multi-disciplinary engineering principles to the design, analysis, and physical demonstration of micro and nanoscale medical devices and systems for translational medicine, including innovative diagnostics, implants, and therapeutic systems.

A look around most clinics and hospitals reveals the pervasive nature of devices and systems engineering in medicine, ranging from drug delivery and monitoring to diagnostics and imaging. Further, new medical technologies and solutions are continuously demanded. To effectively address the increasingly challenging and complex demands, the core group of MedE faculty has been drawn from Aerospace Engineering, Applied Physics, Biological Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Material Science and Mechanical Engineering, and they collaborate very closely in a highly synergistic interdisciplinary environment.

In addition, the MedE Department has established strong external connections to the medical community, which are indispensable to the pursuit of highly successful, truly translational medical research. The current list of closely collaborating partners with active research projects include the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California, the Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California at Los Angeles, City of Hope, the University of California at San Francisco School of Medicine, Huntington Memorial Hospital, and Huntington Memorial Research Institutes.

Currently, the MedE Department offers the degrees of Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Science, with much heavier emphasis on Ph.D. level study and research. We are confident that our well-established, highly resourceful research environment will properly nurture the growth of next generation researchers in the field. Our ability and commitment to training the leaders of tomorrow and conducting research to address major technological challenges in translational medicine is extremely strong.

For more information, please contact our Executive Officer Professor Yu-Chong Tai or any of the Medical Engineering faculty members listed on the people section of this website.

Medical Engineering