Chair and Distinguished University Professor: Robert Frisina, Jr., Ph.D.
The USF College of Engineering (COE) and the Morsani College of Medicine (MCOM) have partnered to advance the growing field of biomedical engineering (BME) by jointly creating a new Department of Medical Engineering. Our mission is to provide:
- A new multidisciplinary, state-of-the-art environment for training the next generation of scientists, clinicians and engineers
- Interdisciplinary research programs targeted at new and emerging fields in medicine and engineering
- Translational research leading to medical innovations and novel therapies
- Increased competitiveness for 'team science' programmatic funding, research center grants, licensing and royalties, and philanthropy
- Enhanced patient care and healthcare delivery: "better care at lower costs."
The Medical Engineering Department has initiated a new undergraduate BME program which will produce a skilled labor force that is educated by engineers, scientists and physicians that reinforce theory with practice, and that will contribute to the growing Tampa Bay biotechnology hub. The new undergraduate BME program just graduated its first four-year student contingent, and complements our already successful graduate BME programs (MS and PhD).
The University of South Florida (USF) is one of only three top tier public universities in the state of Florida, categorized as having Preeminent Research Status, based on its rapidly growing external research portfolio, Research 1 ranking, and its business incubator campus which houses the Florida Inventors Hall of Fame. No other public university has risen faster in national rankings over the past ten years than USF, which is a top 50 research university among both public and private institutions according to the National Science Foundation, with an annual budget of $1.5B and economic impact of $4.4B in the Tampa Bay Region. USF has earned widespread national recognition for its success graduating under-represented minority and limited-income students at rates equal to or higher than white and higher income students.