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Biomedical Engineering Society (Singapore)

The Biomedical Engineering Society (Singapore) had its humble beginning in 1991, when a group of doctors and engineers who had been working together on biomedical engineering research projects decided to form a society to promote the field of Biomedical Engineering in Singapore.

The Founding President was Prof Kamal Bose an Orthopaedic Surgeon with a passion for interdisciplinary collaboration. He steered the Society during its early years and set the sight for academic excellence in biomedical engineering. He left a lasting legacy of successful conferences on biomedical engineering organised by the Society. Prof Chew Yong Tian succeeded Prof Bose as the second President of BES. Prof Chew, a Mechanical Engineer led the Society to greater heights. The conferences organised by the Society achieved international status.

In view of BES’ academic strength and its association to the various tertiary institutions, BES set up a Student Chapter in 2009. The Student Chapter organises the BES’ Scientific Meetings with participation of students from Junior Colleges, Polytechnics and Universities. BES launched the Industry Chapter on the 12th November 2011 as part of its 20th Anniversary Celebration.

Apart from creating these two synergistic platforms to address human capital development for the biomedical industry locally and regionally, BES is also well connected around the world. BES is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical and Biological Engineering (IFMBE) since 1994. It allows the Society to plug into 65 sister societies around the world, boasting a total membership of 120,000 biomedical engineers.

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National University of Singapore, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Biomedical Engineering

The NUS’ Department of Biomedical Engineering is a University Department which was established in 2002. Our talented academic staff has varied background in engineering, life sciences and medicine. Many of whom has joint appointments with either the YLL School of Medicine, Faculty of Science, Faculty of Engineering, Mechanobiology Institute or A*STAR Research Institutes. This is a reflection of the multidisciplinary and integrative approach we take in bioengineering research and education.

Broadly speaking, the core research expertise available in the department include Biomaterials, Biomechanics,Bionanotechnology, Biosignal Processing, Biosensors, Biomicrofluidics, Computational Methods with application in areas of Tissue Engineering, Therapeutic Delivery Systems, Biomedical Imaging and Instrumentation, and Medical Devices, to name a few.

The undergraduate programme while designed to provide students with strong fundamental and broad based learning in engineering and life sciences, its approach is integrative and students are exposed to clinical applications as well. There is strong emphasis in engineering design in the curriculum. In fact, students have a choice to enroll in the Design-Centric Curriculum (DCC) under the theme “Engineering in Medicine”. In the final year, students are required to take on individual research projects.

Outstanding undergraduate students can enrol in the accelerated programme, the Global Engineering Programme, (GEP) leading to the award of two degrees in 4 years, i.e. a Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng.) at NUS and for those who qualify for admission to a top partner university, a Master degree in Engineering. An excellent PhD graduate programme is also available to train graduate students in multidisciplinary bioengineering research. Highly competitive research scholarships are offered to students that demonstrate potential in research.

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