Message from the Chair

Guna Selvaduray, Ph.D.The Biomedical Engineering Department is home to dynamic BS and MS engineering programs. Being located in the heart of Silicon Valley, we have developed strong ties and long-standing collaborations with the wide variety of biomedical engineering industries that surround us. These include the spectrum from mature companies that are household names enjoying world-wide recognition to startups that are at the brink of the next revolution in technology. While most of our students stay in Silicon Valley upon graduation and contribute actively to the dynamic growth in the Bay Area, a significant portion of our students have enjoyed successful careers around the country and elsewhere.

Our department has 7 faculty members with a wide range of research interests that include advanced biomaterials, orthopedic applications, cardiovascular devices, microfluidics for diagnostics, and nanotechnology for drug delivery, among others. Our faculty continue to be successful in attracting funding from both the public and private sectors, actively publish in prestigious scientific journals, and have received awards from national and international societies for their contributions to the profession. Many of our classes benefit immensely from industry experts who share their practical experiences very willingly, including teaching some of our classes.

The reputation of our educational programs as providing a unique practical approach built on a strong academic foundation continues to attract students.  Student enrollment in our BS and MS programs has increased significantly over the last few years, with a current total student population of approximately 450.  Many of our students are engaged in academic research with faculty in their research labs or work on projects with industries in various capacities.

I personally invite you to visit our website to learn more about our dynamic student community, undergraduate and graduate programs, faculty research and accomplishments, and stay tuned to news and events. I also welcome you to become a part of this community either as a student, as an alumnus interested in reconnecting or giving back, or as a sponsor of faculty research and student activities.  Please do not hesitate to contact me or any of our faculty if you would like more information or to schedule a visit.


Guna Selvaduray, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair, Department of Biomedical Engineering