Academics at Fenn College of Engineering: Doctoral

Applied Biomedical Engineering

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  • The Applied Biomedical Engineering (ABE) Program is a joint doctoral program between Cleveland State University (CSU) and the Cleveland Clinic.
  • The program is based on more than 80 years of excellence in education and research.
  • Graduates of the program excel in their careers in biomedical industry, medical centers, and academia.


The ABE program was developed as a response to the increasing need to educate and prepare biomedical engineers for the expanding biomedical industry. Cleveland State University and the Cleveland Clinic, based on their excellence in research and education and their common orientation towards application, identified the need for a joint program. As a result, the ABE program was created jointly by the Fenn College of Engineering at CSU and the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the Cleveland Clinic. The first doctoral ABE students were admitted in the Fall of 1998. Since then, a number of new students have been admitted each year with a full graduate assistantship. The program currently has more than 25 students.

Cleveland State University is a comprehensive University with particular strength and emphasis on applied research. The Fenn College of Engineering at CSU, with over 80 years of history, is well-known for hands-on education. The College has top-quality faculty who excel in research and education. Many of them participate in the ABE program by advising students and teaching ABE courses.

Lerner Research Center, Cleveland ClinicThe Cleveland Clinic is one of the best medical centers internationally, with world-famous researchers in a great variety of clinical fields. The mission of the Biomedical Engineering Department at the Cleveland Clinic is to conduct top-quality research, specifically toward the development of innovative diagnostic technologies and new therapeutic approaches to diseases that ensure better quality of life of the patients. For more information, please visit the Department's web-site at

The ABE students are admitted in the Department of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering (which administer the program) and they do their doctoral research at the Cleveland Clinic or at Cleveland State University. At the end of the first academic year, the students typically take the qualifying exams. Approximately a year later, they take their candidacy exam (doctoral proposal). The students graduate after they complete the coursework requirements and defend their dissertation. Research-progress meetings between the student and the dissertation advisory committee are held regularly between the candidacy exam and the dissertation defense.

medical imagesIn brief, the course requirements for the ABE program include:

  1. Complete twelve credits of core ABE courses:
      BME 758 Medical Devices (2 credits)
      ESC 794 Biomedical Signal Processing (3 credits)
      BME 850 ABE Seminar (1 credits)
      BIO 824 Foundations of Biomedical Physiology (3 credits)
      BME 753 Cell and Tissue Biology (3 credits)
  2. One course selected from the following:
      BME 753 Biomaterials(3 credits) 
      BME 751 Biomechanical Engineering(3 credits)
      BME 759 Medical Imaging (3 credits)
  3. One course in Engineering Analysis
  4. Non-engineering electives (5 credits), in areas such as biochemistry, cell biology, or other biomedical topics
  5. Graduate electives (6-8 credits); options in biomedical engineering include:
      Regulation of Medical Devices
      Tissue Engineering
      Tissue Mechanics
      Biosensors and BioMEMS
      Advanced Medical Imaging: MRI Image Processing

For additional program details, see the apropriate section of the Graduate Catalog

Full Research Assistantships (Tuitions and Stipend) are available !
Apply by February 1 for full consideration.

For Information Contact:
Graduate Program Director, ABE
Department of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering
Cleveland State University
2121 Euclid Avenue, SH 455
Cleveland, OH 44115-2425
(216) 687-2571 / FAX: (216) 687-9220

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Mailing Address
Chemical and Biomedical Engineering Department
Fenn College of Engineering
Cleveland State University
2121 Euclid Ave., SH 455
Cleveland, Ohio 44115-2214
Campus Location
Stilwell Hall Room 455
1980 East 24th Street
Phone: 216.687.2569
Fax: 216.687.9220
Jorge E. Gatica
Phone: 216.523.7274

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