Loras College, Iowa’s first college, will unveil its new biomedical track as part of its engineering program this fall. The new focus will prepare students to work in a diverse range of areas from prosthetics and assistive devices to ergonomic workstation design and improved interfaces.
Jeanie Kasper, a sophomore from Waukegan, IL, will be the first student to follow the biomedical track. Originally a biochemistry major, she plans to work in the field of prosthetics.
Kristen Thompson, Ph.D., assistant professor of engineering and Danial Neebel, Ph.D., professor of engineering and computer science, are leading the effort to bring more value to an already academically-rich engineering program. Thompson, the driving force behind the biomedical track, has already developed labs in thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, and controls.
Graduates, Neebel said, will be prepared to work for biomedical instrumentation companies, makers of prosthetic and assistive devices. Employment of biomedical engineers is projected to grow 23% from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Loras College’s engineering program provides students the opportunity to develop strong technical and design skills. Graduates have gone on to careers at companies such as Epic, John Deere, Rockwell Collins, and Vermeer.
In addition, Loras College’s engineering program is one of only a few in Iowa that’s ABET accredited. With the accreditation, students and employers can be confident that the program meets precise qual