student in research lab
 Radhakrishna Sureshkumar

A message from the Department Chair

Biomedical and Chemical Engineering at Syracuse University—“Inquiry and Innovation at Interfaces”

Welcome to the Department of Biomedical and Chemical Engineering at the College of Engineering and Computer Science at Syracuse University! We offer a vibrant and collaborative learning environment that emphasizes scholarship and discovery that ignite innovations in medicine, healthcare, renewable energy and sustainable engineering practices. The development of effective solutions to problems of critical national and global importance in these areas lies at the interfaces between different disciplines of science and engineering. Our faculty have always valued and fostered a collegial culture of collaboration. This has helped us achieve results that transcend disciplinary boundaries in research and education. Examples include an exciting Graduate Research and Education project, aptly christened as “Soft Interfaces”, supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF IGERT) as well as the nucleation and growth of the Syracuse Biomaterials Institute.

Syracuse University’s College of Engineering and Computer Science is in a phase of strategic growth. The Department of Biomedical and Chemical Engineering continues to be a major driving force behind many of the key growth initiatives such as bio- and nano-materials for healthcare, renewable energy production, as well as regenerative and rehabilitation engineering. We have recruited eight new full-time faculty members since 2011, including five tenure-track assistant professors. These hires have helped strengthen our synergistic partnerships with other schools and colleges within Syracuse University, the Syracuse Center for Excellence in Environmental and Energy Systems, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Institute for Sensory Research, Upstate Medical University, Syracuse VA Medical Center and the Burton Blatt Institute for disability research. Our future efforts will be guided by an unwavering commitment to providing an even stronger impetus towards realizing the CNY region’s and the University’s aspirations to flourish as an internationally recognized hub of scholarship in the areas of life sciences, healthcare and energy/sustainability.

I encourage you to browse the website for further information on our undergraduate and graduate degree programs in Bioengineering and Chemical Engineering. We are home to 17 full time faculty members, several research and adjunct faculty, over 320 undergraduate and 125 graduate students. Learn more about our faculty’s passions in research and education and many transformative research projects underway in the Department, especially those lie at the “interfaces” among disciplines. If an image or snippet sparks your interest or imagination, please do follow up! Enthusiasm for scientific inquiry is truly infectious—before you know it, you might very well be a part of our academic family!

Radhakrishna “Suresh” Sureshkumar Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor, Department Chair