University of South Carolina

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.”

Moody said he enjoyed the small class size, which enabled him to get to know his professors, along with the many hands-on, practical learning components.

“Being a part of the first ever graduating class for the biomedical engineering program is a tremendous honor and something that I will always remember,” Moody said. “I am very intrigued and excited about looking at the progress made 5 or 10 years down the line. One of the best aspects of the program is how much they actually cared about our opinions to improve the program for future classes.”

Another biomedical engineering graduate, Kaleigh Lindeman of Hendersonville, N.C., will also pursue a career in medicine. She will attend the University of North Carolina School of Medicine in Chapel Hill. Lindeman is the program’s outstanding senior and a magna cum laude graduate.

“I've really enjoyed being a part of the first class of biomedical engineers. Since our class is so small, I've been able to get to know my classmates really well. It's been great that we've been encouraged to work together as a group as much as possible, since we all have different talents and we work well together,” Lindeman said. “Another great aspect of being in the first class is that our opinions are heard and appreciated. We've been able to see which aspects of the program work well and which don't, and through that experience we can help make improvements for the classes in the future.”

NOTE: Commencement for the College of Engineering and Computing will be at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 8, at the Colonial Life Arena. The college will hold a convocation and reception at 10 a.m. May 8 at the Swearingen Engineering Center.

Biomedical engineering

  • What: Undergraduate degree program combining biology, medicine and engineering
  • Who: Ten students represent first graduating class in the program

By Office of Media Relations

Posted: 05/06/10 @ 12:00 AM | Updated: 05/08/10 @ 5:34 PM | Permalink