Welcome to the UNC/NC State Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering. Biomedical engineering, or bioengineering, is an exciting new discipline that applies the rigorous methods of physics, chemistry, mathematics, and engineering to solve important and urgent biological and biomedical problems. In 2003, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and North Carolina State University formally brought their exceptional strengths and national reputations via their College of Arts & Sciences, School of Medicine, and College of Engineering to establish our department. The joining of these top-rated institutions provides a fertile environment for biomedical engineers to develop innovative and outstanding opportunities in the pursuit of some of the most important biomedical problems facing our society. In this setting, the Department is deeply dedicated to its mission of excellence in teaching and research.