Biomedical engineering is an interdisciplinary field of study that fuses disciplines like engineering, mathematics, physics, medicine, and biology. Biomedical engineers work on design, manufacturing, maintenance, and calibration of medical devices. Nowadays interest and responsibilities of biomedical engineers include developing systems to sustain and enhance human life, designing artificial organs, or creating rehabilitation systems for the handicapped.
Emerging medical technology has increased the demand for biomedical engineers who are capable of defining a medical problem in engineering terms and of finding a solution that satisfies both engineering and medical requirements. These professionals will bridge the gap between clinical medicine and applied medical technology.
Biomedical Engineering Department at Erciyes University was founded in 2007. In 2008, it started its teaching activities with 25 students. Our department is the first biomedical engineering department among state universities in Turkey. It has 7 faculty members ( 4 assistant professors, 1 lecturer and 2 research assistant). The young department strives to recruit world class researchers with Ph.D. degrees in different disciplines.
Our department accepts 100 undergraduate students who are selected by the National University Entrance Exam (OSYS) annually. The students have to complete two semesters of English preparation classes offered by Foreign Languages Preparation School or need pass an English proficiency exam to be exempt from this preparatory period. Undergraduate students have to complete 2 periods of summer practice. Therefore, students will gain experience in service sector and industry by using theoretical information that are learned in the class.
M.S. and Ph.D. programs in Biomedical Engineering were initiated at Erciyes University Institute of Sciences in 2008 and 2009 respectively. Faculty members and graduate students at our department strive contribute science by carrying out high quality research studies on topics, which include, but not limited to biomedical instrumentation, biomedical signal and image procession, and physiological system modeling.
We aim at educating our students in parallel with the newest technological advancements and make them successful engineers who can apply their engineering skills in biology and medicine. The healthcare sector, both domestically and internationally, needs well qualified biomedical engineers. Therefore, we anticipate that our graduates will serve to improve quality and cost-effectiveness of health care on a global scale.
Engineering and Medicine Faculties of Erciyes University have a relatively better position in terms educational and research facilities, compared to its counterparts in the country. Erciyes University has been known with its successful engineer and medical doctor graduates in different disciplines working at public and private sectors for the past 25 years. This is of course a natural result of employing well qualified academicians who are constantly contributing to the advancement of science at both local and international scale.
The well developed facilities of these two strong faculties of the University, will act as an incubator to speed up the establishment and development of our young department.
In order to have our students in contact with the medical devices that are being actively used in the healthcare, we are in the process of setting up a Clinical Engineering Department at the Medical Faculty’s Training Hospital. At this facility, our student will have a chance to get involved with the design, maintenance and calibration of medical devices.
Collaboration with other Institutions
Since Biomedical Engineering involves multi-disciplinary studies, our department is managing collective works with many departments of Medicine Faculty. We are alos motivating some other departments within the Engineering Faculty such as electrical and electronics, computer, and mechanical Engineering departments to get involved in biomedical engineering research.
Our department also collaborates with the Medical Devices Directorate of Ministry of Health, and Biomedical engineering Institute of Fatih University in Istanbul. Our domestic partners include Biomedical Device Technology Program and Clinical Research Center of Kayseri Vocational School at Erciyes University.
We have collaborations at an international level; a few examples of our international partners are University of Southern California (Biomedical Engineering Department), Ohio State University (Clinical Image Analysis Lab, under Biomedical Informatics Department), and King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Center (Biomedical Physical Department).
Biomedical engineering departments have started in our universities after 2000. Graduates of these departments work especially in private sector on marketing and maintenance of medical devices. In addition, Ministry of Health put a regulation in action which will make hospitals with more than 100 beds to employ a biomedical engineer.
Other than these opportunities, as there is a growing need for researchers and/or academicians in biomedical engineering, it is possible for our students to carry out graduate studies at our department and similar departments in country and abroad. This way, academically inclined students of biomedical engineering may become the faculty members of future to serve at domestic and foreign research institutions and/or universities.
Our local students may seek financial and housing support from the National Credit and Dormitories Association of Turkish government. Besides, other non-governmental educational support organizations such as Turkish Education Foundation, Hacı Ömer Sabancı Foundation, do also offer fellowships and scholarships to successful students.