California State University, Long Beach (CSULB), has a new biomedical engineering department that encompasses several disciplines in the pursuit of healing or improving the human body, including electrical engineering, robotics, machine learning, and artificial intelligence. The Long Beach campus is the first school within CSU’s Southern California institutions to offer a degree program in the subject. The program has nine full-time faculty members for its inaugural year. Its interim chairman, Burkhard Englert, PhD, also heads CSULB’s computer engineering and computer science department.
“We wanted to be a program that reflected all angles of biomedical engineering,” Forouzan Golshani, PhD, dean of the college of engineering, told the Long Beach Press-Telegram. The program is a successor to decades of studies in the field of electrical engineering and how those lessons can be applied to designing new and better medical devices, Golshani told the newspaper.