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Collaboration In Innovation

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From Alexander Graham Bell inventing the telephone to the creative inspiration that made the blue LED possible, the Boston University College of Engineering has always been a leader in discovery and education. Today, faculty, students and researchers are pursuing research that will affect the way we live in the twenty-first century and beyond. Advanced materials, sensors and imaging, networks and systems,

This kind of graduate education produces engineers who can

bioengineering, and micro- and nanosystems are all subjects of

see the big picture in the integrated-technology world of the

advanced engineering research at Boston University. This work is

twenty-first century as they work on the specific engineering

aimed at advancing health care and biology, energy and the

challenges of today and tomorrow. As a Boston University

environment, information systems and security, all emerging

engineering graduate, you are well-positioned to join the labs

areas that will be critical in the coming decades. Given the

or executive suites of established corporations and exciting

multidisciplinary nature of these challenges, the College of

start-ups, or begin a rewarding academic career.

Engineering encourages graduate students to gain experience in areas beyond their chosen degree programs.

atmosphere where students are exposed to ideas and research they may not have considered before.

knowledge, you will have the opportunity to engage other

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education in a specific engineering discipline and a collaborative

of a team within your area of research, guided by a faculty and progress. Even as you work at the frontiers of new

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Boston University offers you the best of both worlds: in-depth

As an engineering graduate student, you will work as a member member distinguished in the field and engaged in your learning

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The Boston University College of Engineering welcomes your application and hopes that you will be part of this exciting shared future. Find out more at

disciplines and combine efforts to achieve advances you might not have thought possible.

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Degree Programs

The College of Engineering enrolls graduate students on both a full- and part-time basis, with the option of continuing on to a doctoral program. Many students are supported by fellowships.




Biomedical Engineering Computer Systems Engineering Electrical Engineering Manufacturing Engineering Materials Science & Engineering Mechanical Engineering Photonics Engineering Systems Engineering

Biomedical Engineering Computer Engineering Electrical Engineering Materials Science & Engineering Mechanical Engineering Systems Engineering

Working professionals and those seeking a career change who do not have a bachelor’s degree in engineering can earn an engineering master’s degree through the Late Entry Accelerated Program (LEAP). The program includes a core set of undergraduate-level engineering courses and continues into a master’s degree program. Financial aid is available.

MASTER OF ENGINEERING Biomedical Engineering Systems Engineering

DUAL DEGREE PROGRAMS Doctor of Medicine/Doctor of Philosophy Master of Business Administration/ Master of Science Bachelor Science/Master of Science Master of Science/Doctor of Philosophy

Graduate Fellowship Opportunities

Many Boston University graduate engineering students are supported with fellowships from such prestigious national agencies as the National Science Foundation, the American Heart Association and others. Boston University and affiliated organizations also offer fellowships to qualified graduate students.

“As my interests shifted from instrumentation to biophysics, having the grant afforded me much more flexibility

For detailed descriptions and requirements of each degree program, visit

because I have my own funding. My fellowship has really enabled me to tailor my interests and take classes in

Ready to


In Industry… ”BU professors are big on having students present their own research rather than contribute to the professors’ research;

of the biological agents that can be used in bioterror attacks,

I presented my own at meetings and lectures. The experiences

instead of just one at a time, like traditional tests. Since

you get from doing this are invaluable. Without the connections

graduation, I’ve founded Zoìray Technologies, which develops

I made at Boston University, I wouldn’t be where I am today.

and markets this technology for the military and future

“When employers see that you’re coming from Boston University,

Departments and Divisions

exactly what I want to study.

With the College of Engineering’s focus on interdisciplinary research, students

it’s huge. The ability to do hands-on engineering here really geared me towards what I’m doing today.”

are introduced to research in all of our offered disciplines. Innovative faculty implement this cross-cutting approach that gives students the perspective they will

“The faculty here was key in helping me obtain my

need in the rapidly integrating world of engineering. In addition to three academic departments, the College features two research-oriented divisions that combine



Perennially ranked among the nation’s elite, BU biomedical engineering department faculty have active research programs in biotechnology, bimolecular engineering, sensory systems, cardiopulmonary engineering, neuroscience, micro- and nanosystems, and biomechanics and biomaterials. With more than 30 primary faculty members, BU’s BME program is among the country’s largest and offers collaborative research opportunities with other engineering departments as well as at BU’s College of Arts & Sciences and School of Medicine. Rather than being required to join a particular lab during your first year, you can choose your laboratory home though a rotation system. Interdisciplinary PhD programs in BME and biomolecular pharmacology, and quantitative biology and physiology are available.

Located in the modern Photonics Center, ECE offers an array of research opportunities in electronic and photonic devices, information systems and computer systems engineering. The department encourages frequent research interaction and collaboration between researchers in different disciplines. ECE programs prepare future engineers for industry and academic careers in areas such as control systems, robotics, integrated circuit design, information processing, intelligent systems and software engineering. Graduate students conduct research in over two dozen laboratories and several research centers. An advanced computational environment with high-speed networks connecting systems that range from personal computers to scalable parallel supercomputers complements our research laboratories.

The Division of Materials Science & Engineering combines aspects of several areas of engineering to research and develop new applications in biomaterials, electronic and photonic materials, tissue engineering, energy for the environment and clean energy conversion. The program draws courses and researchers from the College of Engineering and science departments throughout Boston University. The demand for well-trained materials science researchers continues to grow. Training on the transfer of emerging research to the product marketplace prepares graduate students well for future careers in research, academia and industry.


The Division of Systems Engineering combines mathematical theory with systematic modeling and optimization. Systems engineering draws students and researchers committed to wide-ranging research in computational and physical systems. Transcending traditional boundaries, systems engineering encompasses many aspects of engineering. Taught by faculty throughout the College of Engineering, degree programs prepare students for careers in both systems research and professional careers like wireless communications, control and robotics, and computational and systems biology.

The Mechanical Engineering Department allows graduate students to conduct research in a specified area while interacting with colleagues in various disciplines. The strong alignment between academic coursework and research activities will give you, as a graduate student, the opportunity to apply classroom work to laboratory exploration. With expertise in acoustics, fluid mechanics, MEMS and NEMS, telecommunications, nanoelectronics, fuel cells, green manufacturing and service-system supply chains, cross-fertilizing research and collaborating on ideas is frequent. Coursework and research focus on engineering design, manufacturing processes and materials, and exposure to innovation in nanotechnology, mechatronic systems and various biomedical applications.


applications in health care. “I received strong encouragement from many faculty members who also helped make the connections and identify the needs of those interested in my work. From

Jason Holmes BS ’03, PhD ‘07 Defense Contractor, BBN, Inc.

management and entrepreneurial aspects to the chemical and

fellowship. They really prepared me for what I needed to

expertise with other science-related departments and schools at Boston University. BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING D E PA R T M E N T ( B M E )

In Start-Ups… “As a BU student, I worked on developing a blood test for many

biological applications, Boston University has so many strengths.”

do and what I needed to know. This is a great community to be a part of.”

David Bergstein PhD ‘07 Founder, Zoìray Technologies

Allison Squires Doctoral Candidate, Biomedical Engineering National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship recipient

In Academia…

Laboratories and Research Centers

“The tight-knit, collegial nature of the College leads to a lot of

interaction with faculty, who in turn

Laboratories and research centers at the College of Engineering are the center of collaborative research at Boston University. The College’s connective nature allows students and faculty to cross traditional academic lines and interact across all disciplines.

can introduce you to future sponsors and employers. Because of my work at BU, I got my own


Applied Biodynamics Laboratory Biomedical Microdevices & Microenvironments Laboratory Biomolecular Systems Laboratory Brain and Vision Research Laboratory & Neurovisual Clinic Broadband Wireless Communications Laboratory Cochlear Biophysics Laboratory Computational Signal Processing Laboratory Computer Architecture & Automated Design Laboratory Control of Discrete Event Systems (CODES) Laboratory Fields & Tissues Laboratory Intelligent Mechatronics Laboratory Laboratory for Nanometer Scale Engineering Laboratory for Microsystems Technology Motor Unit Laboratory Multi-Dimensional Signal Processing Laboratory

Natural Sounds & Neural Coding Laboratory Neuronal Dynamics Laboratory Optical Characterization & Nanophotonics Laboratory Precision Engineering Research Laboratory Process Control Laboratory Quantum Imaging Laboratory RESEARCH CENTERS

BioMolecular Engineering Research Center Center for Advanced Biotechnology Center for Advanced Genomic Technology Center for BioDynamics Center for Computational Science Center for Information & Systems Engineering

Center for Nanoscience & Nanobiotechnology Center for Space Physics Center for Subsurface Sensing & Imaging Systems Fraunhofer Center for Manufacturing Innovation Hearing Research Center Neuromuscular Research Center Photonics Center S T U D E N T A S S O C I AT I O N O F G R A D U AT E E N G I N E E R S ( S AG E )

The Student Association of Graduate Engineers addresses the issues and concerns of College of Engineering graduate students. SAGE hosts biweekly faculty/graduate student socials, maintains a website that serves as a valuable student resource and is involved with various outreach and volunteer programs throughout the academic year.

funding right out of school. “The closeness of students and faculty exposed me to a wider range of techniques and ideas, and they really let me run with my research. That is one of their goals—to make you think on your own. I’m trying to implement the same basic things with the students I teach today.” Preston S. Wilson PhD ‘02 Assistant Professor, University of Texas at Austin

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