About the School

The Vision

The tremendous conceptual and technological advances in biological and medical sciences over the past decade, coupled with parallel advances in information technology, instrumentation, biomaterials, and nano technology have revolutionized the way we think about and investigate biological problems. In addition, these advances have also significantly influenced how we apply that knowledge to the understanding, diagnosis and treatment of diseases and other health-related issues.

Future advances in medical research and application of new technology will increasingly rely upon multidisciplinary ‘systems-wide’ approaches and new ways of thinking about biological problems. This in turn will require convergence of biomedical and clinical scientists, engineers, physicists, chemists and many others working in areas at the interface of medical science and engineering.

Currently there is a wide gap between researchers trained in life sciences and those trained in engineering – a gap that represents an impediment to progress in many health related areas. Major academic, research and development opportunities will present themselves to universities that have the vision, commitment and innovation to bridge that gap today.

Supporting the Faculty of Engineering’s expansion into emerging areas of research and study is a state-of-the-art engineering building. The five-storey, 125,000 square-foot facility will house research facilities, graduate student and faculty offices.

The McMaster School of Biomedical Engineering (SBME) was established to train professionals who are equally at home in both biomedical and engineering environments. We are at the forefront of training a new breed of health care professional who are capable of integrating into research studies and embracing and utilizing new technologies.