Biomedical Engineering


Biomedical Engineering began as a research institute at The University of Akron in 1980 and became an academic department in 1984. At that time we offered only a masters degree in engineering with a biomedical option and the Ph.D. in Engineering. In 1998, we began offering an undergraduate degree in biomedical engineering, in addition to the graduate education offerings. The program is ABET Accredited. Currently we offer two tracks, or areas of specialization, one in biomechanics and the other in instrumentation, signals and imaging. Students in both tracks have the option of participating in cooperative education experiences.


Scope and Purpose:

Library support for the biomedical engineering department needs to encompass the interdisciplinary nature of its teaching and research program. Basic requirements in physics, chemistry, biology, medicine and engineering are met by the collections supporting the respective departments. The biomedical engineering collection needs materials at the advanced study level on bioengineering, biometry, biomechanics, biological physics, biomedical instrumentation, biomaterials, biomedical computing, and biological transport phenomena. Materials are needed at the research level to support the interests of the department in cardiovascular research, hemodynamics, biological signal processing, artificial organ research, and biomedical imaging.


The Department of Biomedical Engineering offers the Master's of Science (MS) in engineering and the doctor of philosophy (PhD) in engineering. In conjunction with the Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine, a program leading to a combined MD/PhD is also available.

Geographical Coverage:

Since the subject is not geographically bounded, there is no geographical limitation for this collection.


English is the primary Language of the collection, with five percent of the collection in German, French or Italian.

Period Coverage:

Biomedical engineering is a recently developed discipline. For the most part the collection will consist of recent publications and current materials.

Publication Types:

The information sources for biomedical engineering are primarily monographs, journals, proceedings, symposia and society publications.


The main format is print, but the collection should include, as well, five percent non-print materials in 16mm films, filmstrips, videocassettes, and computer software Formats.

Remote Sources:

Library collections of Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine Library and area hospitals are available and utilized by the department of biomedical engineering.


Materials covering basic physics, mathematics, chemistry and biology are not purchased in support of this department; rather such materials are included in the collections supporting respective departments.

Revised 12-04-02