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USC graduating first class of biomedical engineers

We can thank biomedical engineers for medical advances including artificial organs, insulin pumps, kidney dialysis, laser-based eye surgery and hearing aids.

And now students at USC have received the same type of training responsible for designing and improving the products and procedures needed to promote better healthcare.

USC is graduating its first class in biomedical engineering, with 10 students earning bachelor’s degrees. The program has 143 undergraduate students in the program, with 105 new students expected to arrive in the fall. The university also offers master’s and doctoral degree programs in biomedical engineering.

“The biomedical engineering degree programs represent Carolina’s commitment to a true synthesis of biology, medicine and engineering,” said program director Abdel Bayoumi.

The programs were designed and developed “to train students to initiate, to integrate, to imagine and to invent new processes and new products in order to improve human health,” said Bayoumi, who is also a mechanical engineering professor.

It is the only biomedical engineering program in the state. Bayoumi said having the program at USC will help the university and the state recruit biomedical engineering industries and enhance strong collaborations with the USC School of Medicine, MUSC and Clemson in health sciences.

“Our graduates will utilize their unique education and research experience to excel in medical school, in positions ranging from professors in top-ranked universities to executives in new medical device or large pharmaceutical companies,” Bayoumi said.

Among the students graduating is Austin Moody of Columbia, who will head to USC’s School of Medicine in August.

“I chose USC and the biomedical engineering program due to its proximity to home, as well as the overall vibe I received from the school,” Moody said. “All of the faculty members made me feel wanted by the program, and I became very comfortable relating to them.”

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