Message from the Department Head

Dear friends and colleagues,

The Department of Biomedical Engineering is undergoing a period of rapid growth and advancement. In the last five years, we have doubled the number of faculty by adding 10 brilliant new minds who never cease to amaze me. We are beginning a new search for two more faculty members for the academic year 2019-20.

I am seeing more and more innovation and cutting-edge research coming from our faculty, who are making real-world impacts in biomedical health science and technology. In fact, our research expenditures have grown more than 500% in the last five years.

We are expanding so fast that we have outgrown our current facilities, and in 2019 we will move into a new 194,500 square-foot, six-floor building located in the center of campus. This building means we will have room to grow, as there will be more faculty office and lab space. It will include state-of-the-art learning spaces, specialized biomedical research laboratories, and laboratory suites that will support shared research clusters and teaching.

Looking forward to the next three years, our priorities are bringing our interdisciplinary research and academic activities together from engineers, scientists and medical professionals to influence the next generation of biomedical discovery. Specific areas of priority will be building stronger interdisciplinary advancement in biomechanics, imaging, biosynthesis, immune-engineering and precision health. We leverage these collaborations to grow the department and to enable us to achieve great things. The articles in this newsletter are just a sampling of the interdisciplinary success stories we have to share with you.

I will close by noting that Penn State’s College of Engineering’s new brand is “Inspiring Change, Impacting Tomorrow,” something we lived by in our department even before it became a slogan. I am excited about the direction we are going, and we will continue to work with others to create a better future via our research and education mission.


Cheng Dong
Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Engineering and
Head, Department of Biomedical Engineering

Cheng Dong

Cheng Dong, Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Head, Department of Biomedical Engineering



The Department of Biomedical Engineering administers the undergraduate major in biomedical engineering, and is a part of the university-wide Intercollege Graduate Degree Program, offering both M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Bioengineering. Our work combines traditional engineering principles with medicine and technology for the betterment of human health and society. 

Department of Biomedical Engineering

122 Chemical and Biomedical Engineering Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802-4400

Phone: 814-863-6614