Biomedical Engineering is defined as the application of engineering principles and design concepts to medicine and biology. This field aims to understand, modify, or control biological systems,
as well as design and build products that are capable of monitoring physiological functions and assisting in diagnosing and treating patients. Biomedical Engineering seeks to close the gap between engineering and medicine: it combines the design and problem solving skills of engineering with the medical and biological sciences in order to improve healthcare diagnosis, monitoring and therapy.
Recently, biomedical engineering has emerged as its own discipline. Most of the work done by biomedical engineers focuses on research and development, covering a wide range of subfields, such as: biomedical electronics, bioinstrumentation, biomaterials, biomechanics, tissue and genetic engineering, clinical engineering, medical imaging, rehabilitation engineering, systems physiology, bio nanotechnology, and neural engineering.
The program educational objectives (PEOs) for Biomedical Engineering program reflects Imam Abdulrahman bin Faisal University (CoE and BMED) mission(s). They are important for successful professional practice and the ability to pursue advanced degrees. The Biomedical Engineering Departmental Program with its various constituents discussed in successive meetings the ABET requirements for the development of the Program Educational Objectives (PEOs) by focusing on the main elements of the university’s mission such as: creative knowledge, research and professional community services. All those elements are the key focus-points of PEOs of the program and those PEOs can help us to envision the future of our prospective and current students. After several departmental meetings, the department, with help and consultation of its constituents, had approved the PEOs.
The graduates of the Biomedical Engineering program will attain the following during a few years after graduation:
- Meet the expectations of their employers in the biomedical engineering field or in other professional careers.
- Pursue postgraduate degrees in biomedical engineering or other disciplines.
- Practice the profession as responsible engineers to advance community healthcare system.
The Biomedical Engineering Department has met, studied and discussed ABET Engineering Accreditation Commission “a”-to-“k” general criteria Student Outcomes (SOs) and the program criteria and came to the conclusion that ABET outcomes a-k along with program criteria sufficiently meet the program requirements. The Department adopted SOs “a”-to-“k” with the program criteria in a department meeting as prescribed in ABET report. The SOs along with program criteria are constitute a predetermined set of competencies that students should demonstrate at the time of graduation. These competencies are accomplished through various courses taken by the students during the program. However, performance measures would have to be specified for all SOs to make them measurable and relevant to the Biomedical Engineering program. Before graduation, students of the University of Dammam’s Biomedical Engineering program will demonstrate:
a. An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering;
b. An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data;
c. An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability;
d. An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams;
e. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems;
f. An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility;
g. An ability to communicate effectively;
h. The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context;
i. A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning;
j. A knowledge of contemporary issues; and
k. An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.
Enriching the bioengineering paradigm with highly qualified, well-trained and solid basis graduates to enhance the profession of biomedical engineering and healthcare.
Innovating nationally and internationally as a leader department in education excellence, industry partnership, quality basic and applied research in biomedical engineering.
Contact the Biomedical Engineering Department
Dr. Abdul-Hakeem H. AlOmari
Address: PO Box 1982, Dammam 31451, KSA
Phone: 00966 13 3331703