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Welcome to Lehigh's Department of Bioengineering!

At Lehigh, we believe that the greatest potential for innovation occurs at the boundaries between strong disciplines. Sometimes, as with the field of bioengineering, this junction produces a new discipline with a compelling societal impact. Bioengineering began as a loose collection of research efforts that drew upon the engineering disciplines to offer solutions to biomedical problems. While mechanical engineers and materials scientists designed biomedical devices, chemical engineers synthesized and scaled up the production of biological pharmaceuticals, and electrical engineers developed electronic and optical diagnostic devices. At the same time, scientists established the molecular and cellular basis of living organisms at a level of physical and chemical detail amenable to the quantitative problem-solving capabilities of the traditional engineering disciplines.

The convergence of these trends, along with the explosion of information processing and analytics capabilities, has led to the emergence of bioengineering as a discipline with a common identity, language, and set of basic principles, all focused on alleviating problems related to human health. Lehigh’s recognized strengths in bioscience, systems, mechanics, and materials are pillars of the field’s intellectual base, and our Department upholds a strong tradition of interdisciplinary thinking—a hallmark of Lehigh, as well as the field itself.

Our faculty and students work closely with peers from around the world to develop breakthrough innovations and technologies in areas such as biocomputation and modeling, diagnostics, sensors and devices, and materials and therapies. Our curriculum combines the classic rigor of a Lehigh education with the modern tools of biotechnology, allowing young minds to take on creative, hands-on challenges and develop entrepreneurial thinking.

Our graduate program trains students to combine life and physical sciences and engineering to develop effective and affordable solutions for health care and biotechnology problems. We offer diverse opportunities for advanced studies in areas such as biomaterials, computational bioengineering, biomechanics, optics, nanotechnology, biosensors, biophotonics and bioelectronics. Key research themes are Biocomputations and Modeling; Diagnostics, Sensors and Devices; and Materials and Therapies. Our graduate students are an integral part of this active and multi-disciplinary research environment.

We encourage you to browse our website, visit the Research Opportunities page, or contact us via email at to learn more about our dynamic research and graduate educational programs. Thank you for your interest in Lehigh Bioengineering!

About Lehigh University’s P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science

Founded in 1865, Lehigh University is located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, 85 miles west of New York City and 70 miles north of Philadelphia. The university consists of four colleges—business, education, engineering, and health—on three contiguous campuses totaling 1,600 acres, with significant reserved land for long-term expansion. Lehigh is private, co-educational, and non-denominational, serving approximately 5,200 undergraduates and 1,800 graduate students from all over the U.S. and around the world.

Lehigh’s P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science enjoys a rich heritage and reputation for academic excellence, and is considered one of the most prestigious engineering schools in the nation. With a long track record of ingenuity and success, Lehigh engineers make things happen: pioneers of discovery whose entrepreneurial spirit gives rise to ideas and innovations that transform our country and our world. Our faculty share a passionate commitment to teaching, mentoring, and creating groundbreaking educational and research programs; combined with our state-of-the-art learning and research facilities, this forms the basis of a unique and dynamic academic environment.

A Lehigh engineering education is as challenging and as innovative as it gets, with a sharp focus on the fundamentals combined with hands-on projects, in-depth research experience, and the practical application of knowledge in a number of contexts. The Rossin College’s interdisciplinary approach to undergraduate and graduate research and education fuels this dynamic environment in countless ways, including:

  • An undergraduate culture that celebrates experiential learning and entrepreneurial mindsets while upholding the traditional rigor of a demanding engineering curriculum;
  • Integrated programs that fuse engineering with areas such as business, entrepreneurship, health, and arts/science pursuits;
  • Innovative Professional Master's degrees that amplify student career trajectories and engage industry leaders;
  • Vibrant and multidisciplinary Ph.D. programs that reflect our long legacy of excellence in engineering research and scholarship; and,
  • A scholarly environment organized around interdisciplinary themes that resonate with areas of Lehigh longstanding expertise and focus, encouraging strong cross-disciplinary synergy while elevating the scope and impact of faculty and student research endeavors.

At Lehigh today, engineering students are campus leaders in nearly every aspect of student life, ready to succeed generations of Lehigh engineers who have earned renown for their contributions to engineering as well as associated fields such as business, law, medicine and education. Learn more at