Meinig School of Biomedical Engineering

The primary mission of the Meinig School of Biomedical Engineering (BME) is to educate students to understand the human body as an integrated multiscale system and the mechanisms of disease through quantitative engineering approaches, and to use that understanding to design and develop better therapeutic strategies, devices, and diagnostics to improve human health.

Lawrence Bonassar, associate professor of biomedical engineering (BME), and colleagues collaborated with Weill Cornell Medical College physicians to create an artificial ear using 3-D printing and injectable molds.
(Photo by Lindsay France, Cornell University.)

As the youngest academic unit in the College of Engineering (COE), BME has developed rapidly and continues to expand its presence on the national landscape of biomedical engineering. Within the last decade, we have created a new undergraduate BME major that showcases our vision of BME training, which is already ranked within the top 20 in the nation. We have also doubled our faculty size. To build on our success and to further increase our stature in BME nationally over the next decade will require commitment to, and investment in, programs and infrastructure to establish physical and programmatic connections to Weill Cornell Medicine (WCM), leadership of “big science” through well-regarded, highly visible research centers, and strong industry relationships that provide career paths, research support and commercial impact. These considerations are captured in the following Strategic Goals (SG) that will enable us to fully realize the BME mission:

To effectively communicate our successes with the community beyond Cornell BME faculty are world leaders in their research areas, yet as an institution Cornell is “humble” and often silent about significant accomplishments. In our strategic vision, we seek to (a) develop a shared responsibility within our community to advance recognition of Cornell’s strengths; (b) educate ourselves on research and program promotion; (c) increase communication of novel research findings and community accomplishments; and, (d) form a multimedia communications strategy and action plan to promote BME.

Weill Hall

Weill Hall. (Photo by Jason Koski, Cornell University.)