Department History


In 2002, a new Department of Biomedical Engineering was created at CCNY, along with a new bachelors degree program in Biomedical Engineering. This was a culmination of an eight-year effort supported by three Special Opportunity Awards from the Whitaker Foundation and Educational Opportunity Grants for Minorities from the National Institutes of Health and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. The construction of new office facilities and state-of-the-art laboratories for the Department of Biomedical Engineering were made possible by a generous grant from the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation.

The Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME) grew out of the New York Center for Biomedical Engineering (NYCBE) at CCNY, a consortium of New York City medical institutions established in 1994 to serve as a focal center for collaborative biomedical engineering research in the New York metropolitan area. A number of milestones have marked the rapid growth of BME at CCNY:

  • Development of a 15-credit undergraduate concentration in BME
  • The NYCBE becomes a CUNY Institute
  • Establishment of a Ph.D. program in BME
  • Creation of a Master's program in BME
  • Creation of a Bachelor's program in BME and founding of the BME department

The long term goals of the department are described in our Strategic Plan.


Research Departments

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The City College of New York Department of Biomedical Engineering has an excellent track-record in generating funding for basic research and translational research, and in support of its mission to increase diversity in medical research.

We have received developmental grants (each greater than $1 million) from the Whitaker Foundation, The Wallace H. Coulter Foundation, and educational grants from the Sloan Foundation, Howard Hughes Foundation, NASA, NSF, and NIH.

CCNY received three $1 million Special Opportunity Awards from the Whitaker Foundation to help build the biomedical engineering program. Recent funding from the Wallace Coulter Foundation helped to build state-of-the-art departmental laboratories and includes a recently awarded $2.5 million challenge grant. The department’s NIH education award, a $2.2 million grant for minority undergraduate education in the life sciences, was recently renewed.


Last Updated: 06/28/2024 09:27