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Programs in Biomedical Engineering

Undergraduate Programs

The Faculty of Engineering offers a program leading to the BEng degree in Biomedical Engineering. The new program is designed to be accredited by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board of the Canadian Council of Professional Engineers. Accreditation ensures that graduates of the programs satisfy the academic requirements for registration with the provincial Associations of Professional Engineers. Accreditation will be sought as soon as possible, immediately following the first graduating class.

Consistent with all BEng programs, the curriculum consists of the common set of first year courses, six terms unique to the degree and four Co-operative Education terms.

Business Minor

An optional Business Minor develops business skills that are frequently required by practicing Engineers.

Biomedical Engineering Research Cluster

In addition to the undergraduate degree program, a number of professors at the University of Victoria are pursuing research activities in the area of biomedical engineering.
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Curriculum for Biomedical Engineering

Similar to other Engineering programs, after the first year the BME academic term will be offered in alternate terms, interleaved with Co-op work terms.

Many courses are offered only one time per year. Refer to the Faculty web site for course scheduling information. Consult with a program advisor for schedule planning advice.

Term 1A - Fall Units

CSC 111


ENGR 130, 110


MATH 100, 110


PHYS 110


Term 1B - Spring Units

CHEM 150


ENGR 120, 141


MATH 101


PHYS 111


Term WT1 - Summer Units

ENGR 001


Term 2A - Fall Units

BME 200


CHEM 231


CSC 1161


ELEC 216


MATH 200





1CSC 115 may be substituted in a term when CSC 116 is not offered. CSC 116 is strongly recommended

Term WT2 - Spring Units

ENGR 002


Term 2B - Summer Units

BME 201


ELEC 250


MATH 201


MECH 220, 240





Term WT3 - Fall Units

ENGR 003


Term 3A - Spring Units

BIOC 299


BME 350


ELEC 330 or 3652


MECH 345


ELECTRICAL STREAM: Two of: ELEC 300, 310, 320, 340, MECH 320



2ELEC 365 is only offered in the Fall term.

Term WT4 - Summer Units

ENGR 004


Term 3B - Fall Units

BME 335


ECON 103C or ENGR 2803


STAT 260


ELECTRICAL STREAM: ELEC 360 and 1 of ELEC 350, 3703, MECH 330, 360, 395



Complementary Studies Elective (1)4


3Additional prerequisite courses may be required.

4A Complementary Studies Elective course dealing with central issues in humanities or social sciences, as required by CEAB guidelines for complementary studies, and as approved by the Faculty of Engineering's BEng/BSEng Student Programs Committee. A current list of acceptable courses may be obtained from the Engineering Undergraduate Office

Term WT5 - Spring Units

ENGR 005


Term 4A - Summer Units

ENGR 297


BME 499


Biomedical Engineering Electives (listed below. Two required over 4th year (in 4A, 4B or both))

1.5 or 3.0

Technical Electives (listed below)

3.0 or 4.5

Term WT6 - Fall Units

ENGR 446


ENGR 006


Term 4B - Spring Units

CSC 349A


ENGR 498


Biomedical Engineering Electives (listed below. Two required over 4th year (in 4A, 4B or both))

1.5 or 3.0

Technical Electives (listed below)

3.0 or 4.5

Biomedical Engineering Electives

BME 401          Special Topics in Biomedical Engineering

BME 403          Medical Image Processing

BME 434          Biophotonics

BME 481          Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering

MECH 483        Mechanics & Energy Conversion in Living Cells

Technical Electives*

CENG 455**     Real Time Computer Systems Design Project

ELEC 404          Microwaves and Fiber Optics

ELEC 412          Electronic Devices II

ELEC 420          Nanotechnology

ELEC 450          Communications Theory and Systems II

ELEC 452          Optical Communication Technology

ELEC 453          Antennas and Propagation

ELEC 466          System on a Chip Engineering for Signal Processing

ELEC 484          Audio Signal Processing

ELEC 485          Pattern Recognition

ELEC 498          Honours Thesis

MECH 410         Computer Aided Design

MECH 420         Finite Element Applications

MECH 421         Mechanical Vibrations

MECH 423         Engineering Ceramics

MECH 430         Robotics

MECH 458         Mechatronics

MECH 466         MEMS

MECH 494         Thermofluids and Introduction to Mass Transfer

MECH 495         Computational Fluid Dynamics and Heat Transfer

MECH 498         Honours Thesis

MECH 499         Technical Project

*One of these electives may be replaced by a 300 level CENG, CSC, ELEC, MECH, or SENG course if the course is a prerequisite for a 400-level technical elective. Also, additional BME electives may be used to replace technical electives from this list.

** Additional prerequistes required


Ahn, Jooeun

Ph.D (MIT), Assistant Professor

Dr. Ahn’s research primarily focuses on fundamental understanding of dynamics and control of human movement; and the development of effective robotic assistance in human motor performance. His research program includes entrainment of human walking to a therapeutic robot to treat locomotor deficits; identification of joint impedance during walking; assessment of learning rate and stability of general motor tasks; and the development of mathematical models to address the essential mechanisms of human motion.


Ph.D (Yale), Assistant Professor

Dr. Bhiladvala’s nanoresonator research program includes the interdisciplinary development of tools and methods for molecular diagnosis, to enable early detection of diseases such as cancers. His research interests include developing instruments for single-cell interrogation, focused on studying disease progression and rapid drug development. He teaches the senior UG / graduate course "Mechanics and Energy Conversion in Living Cells". He has served as a grant proposal reviewer for the US NIH/NCI (National Institutes of Health/National Cancer Institutes) and is a member of the American Association for Cancer Research and the Centre for Biomedical Research at the University of Victoria.


Ph.D (Bucharest), P.Eng, Associate Professor

Dr. Branzan Albu's research involves medical image analysis for computer-aided diagnostic and therapy planning. Dr. Branzan Albu has a number of ongoing collaborations on biomedical research projects. She is a Qualified Health Researcher affiliated with the Center on Aging at the University of Victoria. She has recently developed research partnerships with the British Columbia Cancer Agency, and with the Institut de Recherche en Geriatrie at Université de Montreal. Her medical imaging research is published in reputable venues, such as the IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, the International Symposium on Biomedical Imaging (ISBI), and the International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC). Dr. Branzan Albu has developed a new course in Medical Image Processing (ELEC 435). She has taught this course for the first time in Summer 2011. This course plays an important role in the Biomedical Option offered in the Electrical Engineering program.


Ph.D (UBC), P.Eng, Associate Professor

Dr. Constantinescu's research expertise is in the area of haptics. Haptics refers to robotic technologies that enable users to touch and feel computer-generated objects. Her current work focuses on enabling multiple users, connected across a computer network, to touch, feel and manipulate a shared virtual environment together. The goal of this work is to extend the sense of touch across distance similarly to how existing video conferencing technologies extend vision across distance. Applications of this work include home-based and tele-rehabilitation, and virtual reality-based surgical training. In prior research, she investigated the development of virtual constraints for robot-assisted surgical procedures.

DECHEV, Nikolai

Ph.D (Toronto), P.Eng, Associate Professor

Dr. Dechev’s research centers on electro-mechanical system design, and its application to biomedical device development. This includes projects on: (a) Design of advanced upper-limb (hand) prosthesis, (b) Bio-sensors for the acquisition of bio-signals from the human arm, including: an ultrasound-based sensor system for the measurement of internal tendon motion within the wrist, and an implantable EMG sensor network for the measurement of intra-muscular signals (electromyographic data acquisition). Both sensor projects aim at developing better methods for the control of advanced hand prosthesis. (c) Wireless power transmission for powering implantable biomedical devices. (d) Investigation of 3D printing and deployment of upper-limb prosthesis in developing countries. His past projects include development of instrumentation for the automatic visual analysis and manipulation of cells in-vitro, and magnetic-based MEMS chips for the capture and sorting of magnetically tagged cells in-vitro.


Ph.D (Maryland), P.Eng, Professor

Dr. Dimopoulos' research involves the use of neural networks in the modelling of the biological activity of chemical compounds. Specifically, Dr. Dimopoulos and his team have developed methods that accurately model the Aldose Reductase (AR) Inhibitory Activity of classes of compounds including nitrophenyl derivatives, phenolic derivatives, and pyridazine derivatives. The inhibition of the AR enzyme is considered to be an approach to control diabetic complications, ischemia, abnormal vascular smooth cell proliferation, cancers, and mood disorders.

DONG, Zuomin

Ph.D (New York State), P.Eng, Professor, Chair of Mechanical Engineering

Dr. Dong’s research program includes portable diagnosis device and software for performing on-site assay, assay based analysis and diagnosis.


Ph.D (UBC), P.Eng, Professor, Chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Dr. Gebali's research involves the algorithms, design and programming of embedded devices, including those used in medical and healthcare applications. This includes a program on assistive technology using cell phones for the visually impaired to access public transit systems and provide warning to nearby vehicles of the presence of a visually-impaired person.

GORDON, Reuven

Ph.D (Cambridge), P.Eng, Associate Professor

Dr. Gordon's research involves the development of optical biosensors for the early detection of cancers and for drug discovery. He has been part of NSERC Strategic Projects involving collaborations with the BC Cancer Agency, Cangene, and he participates in Biopsys (the NSERC Strategic Network for Bioplasmonic Systems). He also has a research program on optical trapping of nanometric particles, with applications to the manipulation of viruses, proteins and other relevant biomaterials.


Ph.D (Birmingham), P.Eng, Associate Professor

Dr. Herring’s research program includes a medical imaging, diagnosis and treatment device based on acoustic confocal holography.

JUN, Martin

Ph.D (Illinois), P.Eng, Associate Professor

Dr. Jun’s research program of Advanced Multi-Scale and Point-of-need Manufacturing includes biomedical device manufacturing and scaffold fabrication.


Ph.D (Berkeley), P.Eng, Associate Professor

Dr. Nadler’s research program includes thermomechanics of biomembranes and biological cells.


Ph.D (LeHigh), P.Eng, Associate Professor

Research in Dr. Oshkai’s Fluid Mechanics laboratory includes biomedical devices: fluid dynamics and design aspects of replacement heart valves. They are developing a realistic simulation of a human heart capable of reproducing the hydrodynamic characteristics of the blood flow through diseased ventricles and valves.

SO, Poman

Ph.D (Victoria), P.Eng, Associate Professor, Senior Member IEEE, Member ACES and CMBES, (ACES: Applied Computational Electromagnetics Society), (CMBES: Canadian Medical and Biological Engineering Society)

Dr. So’s research and industrial experience is in applied computational electromagnetics and object-oriented software engineering. He is a co-founder of the Faustus Scientific Corporation (Victoria, BC) and is the creator of the company’s MEFiSTo line of electromagnetic/bioelectromagnetic modeling software. Dr. So’s research includes microwave engineering, computer aided design and modeling of electromagnetic structures, computer simulation of bioelectromagnetic behaviors, and heterogeneous computing algorithms and software for electromagnetics/bioelectromagnetics applications. Since early 2009, Dr. So has been collaborating with the biomedical engineering department at VIHA in developing electronic stethoscopes for e-health and telemedicine.


Ph.D (UBC), P.Eng, Professor

Dr. Suleman’s research program includes fluid - structure interaction of heart valves and disease.


Ph.D (Padeborn), P.Eng, Professor

Dr. Weber conducts research on engineering of biomedical software systems, in particular clinical information systems. His main interest is in formal and systematic methods for improving the safety, security and interoperability of biomedical software. He was a visiting professor at the UBC Faculty of Medicine (Family Practice) and is an adjunct professor in the UVic School of Health Information Science. He has published extensively in premier venues in the area of health informatics, including JAMIA, AMIA and ACM SIGHIT.

WILD, Peter

Ph.D (UVic), P.Eng, Professor

Dr. Wild's research is focused on the development of fibre optic sensors to measure hydrostatic pressures in intervertebral discs, the esophagus and coronary arteries as well as sensors to measure contact stress in articular joints. His research has been supported primarily through NSERC Idea to Innovation grants and has been undertaken in collaboration with researchers and physicians in the Departments of Orthopaedics and Cardiology at the University of British Columbia.

WILLERTH, Stephanie

Ph.D (Washington) Assistant Professor

Dr. Willerth's research focuses on engineering tissues by combining biomaterial scaffolds with stem cells. One of her main areas of focus is neural tissue engineering and she belongs to the International Collaboration on Repair Discoveries (iCORD) - a BC based organization dedicated to finding potential treatments for spinal cord injury. She also has an on-going collaboration in the area of bone tissue engineering. She has published 10 peer reviewed research articles in this field and 3 book chapters on the topic of using stem cells for tissue engineering applications.

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