The University of Utah’s Department of Bioengineering has changed its name to Biomedical Engineering to better reflect its focus on biomedical innovations and its close relationship with the university’s health sciences departments. It’s just a part of other changes for the department that include a new logo, new social media accounts and name changes for the graduate degrees.

“Our name change from Bioengineering to Biomedical Engineering reflects the department’s continual evolution toward biomedical innovation and impacting patient care and quality of life,” said department chair David Grainger. “It better describes our connections to the Utah’s flagship School of Medicine and Health Sciences and our strategic focus on a biomedical mission to benefit our students, the med-tech industry, healthcare technology and patients worldwide through meaningful biomedical advancements.”

As part of the name change, the master’s and doctorate degree programs will change from bioengineering to biomedical engineering while the title for a bachelor’s degree will remain biomedical engineering. Also, the department has new accounts for Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. The Facebook account can be reached at You can find them on Twitter and Instagram at @UtahBME.

Faculty research areas in the department include biomaterials, tissue engineering and regenerative medicine; biomedical device design and development; biomechanics; biomedical imaging, computing, modeling and visualization; biosensors, biomolecular engineering and synthetic biology; cardiovascular engineering; neural engineering and neuroprosthetics; and new drug delivery strategies.