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Expanding Innovation

Although our first undergraduate degree only came about in 2008, the first graduate degree was awarded in 1967. Roughly 90 percent of our graduates go straight into industry or continue to graduate school. This high placement rate and our students' achievements are a testament to the department's role in preparing students for rewarding careers. We currently have over 350 undergraduate students (sophomore through senior year) and around 150 graduate students. The Bioengineering alumni are fundamental to expanding innovation and assimilation of knowledge and experiences of our faculty and students.

Graduates at Little John Coliseum.
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Supporting Opportunities

The support of alumni and friends continues to be instrumental to the department's success. Your generosity enables us to continue to offer BIOE students a quality education, up-to-date facilities, and other resources for undergraduate and graduate students. Areas of focus that significantly increase the talent and educational offerings include Endowments, Faculty Professional Development, and Fellowships.

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Life After Graduation

Send us your story! Renew old ties and make new ones! The Department of Bioengineering would love to feature our past graduates in our BIOE Newsletter or website. We invite all of you to send a photo, graduation date and degree, and a brief summary of your professional and personal lives since graduation. Send your photographs and biographies to our department email. To help us keep in touch with you, please create or update your account with the Clemson University Alumni Office.

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Hai Yao won the Alumni Award for Outstanding Achievements in Research

Making An Impact

Each year, Clemson gathers to recognize exemplary teaching, research or service to the University. In 2019, Hai Yao won the Alumni Award for Outstanding Achievements in Research. As part of the Clemson-MUSC Bioengineering Program, his focus has been to advance the biomechanical function, degeneration and regeneration of skeletal systems, specifically the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). Yao's group established the first multi-scale TMJ model, integrating joint imaging and kinematics to determine the path of normal TMJ remodeling or degeneration. The TMJ makes it possible to move the lower jaw to eat and talk. Understanding the stresses on the TMJ before temporomandibular joint disease (TMD) occurs will unlock the mechanisms that put certain individuals at risk for TMD.

Abbott is a leader in healthcare innovation from nutrition to diagnostic testing. At Abbott, Andrew Cobb works to ensure the success of new product transfer by collaborating with R&D engineers and manufacturing engineers.

Cobb profile

“At Clemson, I went through the electrical engineering track while earning my bachelor's and master's degrees in Bioengineering. Now, I am a member of the Biomedical Engineering Society's Industry Committee and serve on Clemson Bioengineering's External Advisory Board. Clemson Bioengineering was a cornerstone for me in understanding the importance of patient-focused engineering. Rather than engineering for the sake of engineering, a patient-focused approach through the application of physics and design controls allows for the customer to need to be achieved at a lower cost.”

Andrew Cobb
BIOE '15, '16