Georgia Tech and Emory Biomedical Engineering (BME) is an improbable success story in bold thinking – a visionary partnership between a leading public engineering school and a highly respected private Medical School. Thanks to these origins, at 15 years young, innovation and risk-taking is embedded in our DNA. Today, we are one of the finest Biomedical Engineering programs in the world and yet, our journey has just begun.
As the incoming Chair, I have the privilege of looking forward to a period of significant growth. Thanks to Georgia Tech and Emory’s visionary leadership and our exceptional track record, we will be hiring 12 to 15 new faculty to take us to new heights of research and educational accomplishment. To accommodate this ambitious growth, new state-of-the-art space has been committed at Emory to bring all BME activities together, under one roof. On the Georgia Tech campus, similar investments in space have been committed to fuel new research neighborhoods and collaborations.
This growth is organic and builds on a strong foundation of successful research and educational programs. There are two compelling factors driving this growth – first, there remain unmet clinical needs – from tackling debilitating conditions such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, cancer, arthritis, cardiovascular and neurological diseases, and immune disorders. Active research projects addressing these and other clinical challenges are currently underway in GT/Emory labs, and the new hires will help us make more rapid progress in addressing these challenges, and at a larger scale. Second, biomedical engineering at Georgia Tech and Emory attracts some of the brightest undergraduate and graduate students, from Georgia and every corner of the world, and our growth will better help us spark their curiosity, instill scientific rigor, and develop future leaders of our society.
So what will the world look like in 2018? Here’s a glimpse:
- An innovative BME curriculum enables the world’s pre-eminent scholars and leading scientists to interact closely with the bright, and highly motivated students to solve complex, real world problems with great creativity and innovation. GT/Emory students are routinely placed in the best medical, graduate and industry positions all over the world.
- A significant number of our students blend scholarship, engineering innovation, and entrepreneurship by launching their own startup companies under a pioneering initiative called, “Create your own job”. GT/Emory students are confident and feel empowered to actively create and shape their futures.
- Our faculty, enabled by a world-class infrastructure and a collaborative environment, are conducting breakthrough research in pediatric bioengineering, immuno-engineering, regenerative medicine, cardiovascular and neural engineering, imaging, and biomedical computing to bring the full power of engineering technologies and methodologies to address unmet clinical challenges.
- True to Wallace H. Coulter’s vision and legacy, our faculty and students work closely with clinicians to not only gain fundamental insights into human health and pathology, but also to translate our research to impact industry and medicine.
- • Our world-class research infrastructure, our collegial environment and reputation for innovation in research and education continue to attract the best and brightest faculty and students. GT/Emory is THE place where the best people and ideas converge to innovate and change the world.
Therefore, even as we are recognized as one of the finest BME programs today, and our future is bright for as long as we can see, our journey towards realizing our full potential has just begun. So if you are a student, parent, well-wisher or a curious, caring, private citizen, we invite you to join the GT/Emory BME community on our special journey– to unravel the mysteries underlying human health, and invent technologies to change the face of medicine. Please lend us your counsel and support, and join us on our journey to a place we call, Beyond Excellence.
Ravi V. Bellamkonda
Wallace H. Coulter Professor & Chair in Biomedical Engineering