Introduction

The past century has witnessed incredible technological advances due to the systematic application of` physical, chemical, mathematical or scientific principles to the development of new products, infrastructure, and modes of transportation. These advances have dramatically transformed the face of modern life and spawned the new established fields of chemical, civil, computer, electrical, industrial and mechanical engineering. In the 21st century, dramatic advances in technology will come from the systematic application of principles and discoveries from the biological sciences to engineering design and development of new products and services. This includes a whole host of new endeavors, such as,

  • the intelligent process utilization of biological information;

  • the design of new diagnostic instruments, devices and sensors;

  • the design of biologically inspired engineering systems;

  • the development of new bioprocesses; and

  • the development of health care products and biomedical materials.

Furthermore the application of technological advances from the more established engineering fields to biological research will dramatically improve our knowledge of living systems. This has been demonstrated convincingly by the application of computers in the mapping of the human genome, and more generally in the field of bio-informatics.

Bioengineering is the bridge between the basic life sciences and engineering. It is broad in its spectrum, with its foundation in all of the engineering sciences as well as biology, medical, behavioral and health sciences. The creation of the Bioengineering program, a critical keystone component for enhancing the life sciences over all, facilitates the intimate integration of biological, physical, computational sciences and engineering.

Opportunities exist in Hong Kong and China to create an industry that exploits these advances. Our program aims to create an engineering discipline that

  • advances our understanding of biological systems;

  • develops innovative solutions for today's health problems;

  • integrates bio-based systems for engineering applications;

  • opens new avenues for technological innovations for the 21st century; and

  • contributes to the improvement of our quality of life.

Bioengineering Graduate Program at the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

The Division of Biomedical Engineering (BME) under IPO and Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (CBME) in the School of Engineering have been merged into one unit and the newly formed department has been renamed as Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE) under the School of Engineering starting from July 1st 2017.

This restructuring will catalyze the University's strategic development in bioengineering and health-related engineering and technologies, in addition to strengthening the current research and education programs in Chemical Engineering. The new department will manage and further strengthen the cross-school research graduate program in bioengineering (BIEN). The BIEN program, with a dedicated PG committee consisting of members from both Schools of Engineering and Science, will continue to have active participation by faculty members from both Schools.

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