Message From The Chair

Christine Schmidt

Welcome to the J. Crayton Pruitt Family Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Florida! These are exciting times both in the field and our department. I see more innovative and exciting research from BME than ever before. Combined with the growth our department has achieved over the past several years, we truly are broadening the impact of biomedical engineering activities locally, nationally and internationally.

Rankings and awards don’t define our department, but they do highlight our year-to-year upward momentum. Since 2012, UF BME has climbed 18 spots to No. 15 among U.S. News and World Reports Best Graduate School Rankings. This reflects the extraordinary work of our faculty, students and staff over the department’s history.

There is little doubt that the tremendous advances in medicine over the past few decades can be attributed to the exciting achievement and growth in the field of biomedical engineering. At BME, our dedicated faculty of educators/researchers are preparing students to be leaders of this movement. Our rigorous and comprehensive curriculum educates students with an eye toward solving problems at the intersection of engineering and health sciences.

UF BME is located in Gainesville, Florida, a distinct fusion of multiculturalism that provides numerous opportunities for diverse networking and industry partnerships. Research, clinical immersion and entrepreneurship permeate our academic curriculum and form the foundation for success. Our department consists of talented faculty and students focused on excellence.

The collaborative spirit of engineering includes you — alumni, students, industry partners, donors, faculty, staff, colleagues and friends.

Please stay in touch and let’s find a way to work together.

Sincerely,

Christine E. Schmidt, Ph.D.
Pruitt Family Professor & Chair