Tulane's Biomedical Engineering Department evolved from joint research efforts among faculty in the School of Science and Engineering and the Schools of Medicine at Tulane and the Louisiana State University Medical Center in New Orleans. Undergraduate BMEN degrees were first awarded in 1974, and in 1977 four tenured members of the Mechanical Engineering faculty, plus one new hire, formed the separate BMEN Department. In the past 40 years research in Tulane's Department of Biomedical Engineering has matured from having a mechanics-oriented focus to a broader range of investigations that encompasses biotransport, biomechanics (fluid and solid), biomaterials and cell-tissue engineering. We have developed a strong expertise in computational modeling and analysis with specific foci on investigations of ocular biomechanics, microvascular research, pulmonary mechanics and biomaterials investigations of the neural system. The undergraduate program has been ABET accredited continuously since 1981, and is one of the largest majors in the School of Science and Engineering with approximately 235 undergraduates and 40 graduate students.
The Biomedical Engineering program represents one of Tulane's areas of excellence, achieving national recognition in many periodic surveys.