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Wilkes University To Offer Region's First Bioengineering Degree In Fall 2012

Contact: Vicki Mayk

Wilkes University will offer northeast Pennsylvania’s first master of science degree in bioengineering, enrolling its first class in August.

 “The bioengineering program is an exciting development for Wilkes University and an important asset for northeast Pennsylvania,” said Wilkes University President Patrick F. Leahy. “Offering this advanced program will help the region increase jobs by meeting industry needs and solidifies Wilkes as the region’s premier provider for science and engineering education.”
Students will choose from two tracks: biomedical engineering and cell/metabolic engineering. Students in the biomedical engineering track will learn how to design artificial limbs, joints, tissues and organs and how to build diagnostic equipment, monitoring devices and drug delivery systems.Students in the cell/metabolic track will learn how to create organisms that produce biochemicals for therapeutic applications, or that detect or detoxify biohazardous chemicals. Elective courses offer the opportunity for training in both concentrations.
Bioengineering occupations are projected to increase on the national level. According to market research firm Eduventures Inc., these careers will increase by 30 percent in the greater Wilkes region through 2018. 
“The job market requires highly skilled candidates. This puts me in a better position to get a job right out of college at a higher pay rate, especially in the science and technology fields,” said Wilkes graduate Justin Flam of Lawrenceville, NJ, who enrolled in the bioengineering program. 
The degree requires 36 credits and can be completed on a full- or part-time basis. It is designed for students with bachelor’s degrees in engineering or biology, seeking to strengthen their skills and expertise. It is also appropriate for those wishing to attend medical school.
Research and lab-based classes will provide hands-on experience and prepare graduates for careers in medical equipment and supplies manufacturing, pharmaceutical and medicine manufacturing, scientific research and development, and in management and regulatory practices.
Applicants should have bachelor’s degree in engineering, biology or a related field. Fall classes start Monday, Aug. 27.
Program director is Rodney Ridley, director of the Division of Engineering and Physics in the College of Science and Engineering. He will be assisted by Gregory Harms, who specializes in microscopy, biomedicine and biophysics, and William Terzaghi, who specializes in plant molecular biology and genomics. Faculty who teach the program are experts in medical device design, imaging systems, bioengineering, molecular biology and cell metabolic technologies. 
Applications are currently being accepted. For more information, call (800) WILKES-U Ext. 4235 or visit www.wilkes.edu.
About Engineering at Wilkes University
Wilkes University is the leading provider of graduate and undergraduate engineering programs in northeast Pennsylvania. Wilkes combines theoretical knowledge with practical, hands-on experience under the mentorship of expert faculty. Undergraduate degrees are offered in electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, engineering management, applied and engineering sciences, physics and environmental engineering. Graduate degrees are offered in bioengineering, electrical engineering, engineering management and mechanical engineering. Wilkes is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Select programs are also accredited by ABET, the worldwide leader in advancing education in applied science, computing, engineering and engineering technology.
Published On: 8/9/2012
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