About Us

Bioengineering faculty and staff, August 2015.
Bioengineering faculty and staff, August 2015.

Bioengineering combines the analytical and experimental methods of the engineering profession with the biological and medical sciences to achieve a more detailed understanding of biological phenomena and to develop new techniques and devices designed to improve global health. The engineer's quantitative and analytical approach; traditional competence in the processing and control of information, energy, and materials; and ability to design and analyze systems are powerful tools when applied to biology, medicine, and quantitative studies of relationships between biological systems and their environments.

The Illinois Board of Higher Education approved the formation of the Department of Bioengineering at Illinois on December 9, 2003. Also approved at that time were the granting of Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Bioengineering.

The first cohorts of 22 undergraduates and 3 graduate students entered in Fall 2004, and the first class graduated in May 2008.

Currently the Department is home to 16 full-time faculty, more than 70 graduate students, and more than 250 undergraduates.

The Department publishes an annual magazine that includes profiles of students, alumni and faculty, an overview of the degree programs, and a snapshot of the previous year's research accomplishments, as well as stories on new initiatives. Download a PDF of the current issue:
2015 Growth Factors magazine

Department Organization

Department Head
Professor Rashid Bashir

Associate Head
Assistant Professor Andrew Smith

Graduate Program Director
Professor Deborah Leckband

Director of Undergraduate Programs
Dr. Marci Pool

Administrative Staff

Chief Academic Advisor and Undergraduate Program Specialist
Kerri Green

Graduate Programs Coordinator
Krista Smith

MEng Program Director
Assistant Professor Dipanjan Pan

MEng Program Coordinator
Liezl Bowman

Associate Director of Communications
Susan McKenna

Associate Director of Operations
Jennifer Ehrnthaller

Administrative Assistant
Erin Johnson

Office Associate
Lisa Leininger

Mailing Address

Bioengineering Department
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
1270 Digital Computer Laboratory, MC-278
1304 W. Springfield Ave.
Urbana, IL 61801

Phone: (217) 333-1867
Email: bioengineering [at] illinois [dot] edu