Pioneering the future

“I plan to use my engineering degree and really work with other engineers as a medical student. My whole reason of going into biomedical engineering is that I wanted to work with device development, and then become a doctor and help communicate with engineers.” -Mike Lebhar ’17, student in the Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering

UNC-Chapel Hill and N.C. State were ahead of the curve in 2003 when they combined Carolina’s top-notch medical program with State’s world-class engineering school so graduate students could explore the growing field of biomedical engineering (BME).

That joint graduate program proved so successful that in 2015, the two schools launched a first-of-its-kind joint undergraduate degree program in which students apply through one campus but are considered part of both. The program has become a blueprint for other BME programs across the country.

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This is story number 124 in the Carolina Stories 225th Anniversary Edition magazine.