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The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh will begin offering a new biomedical engineering degree in fall 2023 to prepare graduates for a growing biomedical technology and healthcare workforce in Wisconsin.

The UW System Board of Regents approved the interdisciplinary degree—the first engineering degree at UW Oshkosh—on March 31.

“This is an exciting and historic day for UWO. We thank the Regents and UW System leaders for their approval and confidence in this program and the institution. We are responding to an industry need and look forward to preparing and graduating biomedical engineers who will help strengthen and advance human health for generations to come,” UWO Chancellor Andy Leavitt said.

Ahmed Nasif

Biomedical engineering is considered the fastest growing engineering field in the country.

Ahmed Nasif, associate electrical engineering technology professor, said biomedical engineering has been ranked as one of the best jobs in America for the past five to 10 years.

“Based on the growing enrollment in many health-related programs at UW Oshkosh, we anticipate significant demand for biomedical engineering graduates from the numerous biomedical engineering-related businesses in the state and region,” Nasif said.

Greg Kleinheinz, chair of UWO’s engineering and engineering technology department, said the degree will prepare graduates for a wide range of careers working with medical implants and prosthetics, devices and signal processing, and organ and tissue engineering.

UW Oshkosh currently offers several applied, collaborative programs in medical imaging, radiologic technology, neuroscience and electrical engineering technology with existing partnerships that will be leveraged in this new program.

UWO’s engineering and engineering tech department, begun in 2013, also offers degrees in electrical engineering technology, environmental engineering technology and mechanical engineering technology.

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