Biomedical Engineering

Program Highlights

As an interdisciplinary field, biomedical engineering sees students from many backgrounds, from mechanical engineering to medicine. This program produces graduates qualified for engineering and/or management positions or continuing study at the graduate/professional level. Biomedical engineering provides an excellent educational environment, well-qualified and dedicated faculty and staff, excellent facilities, and a high level of faculty-student interaction. The Biomedical Engineering Center is physically adjoined to the Institute for Micromanufacturing, a modern micromechanical miniaturization design, and manufacturing facility that complements the activities conducted in the Biomedical Engineering Center. Research activities include nanoscience, cellular modeling, biotransport, phenomena, neuroscience, neural engineering, rehabilitation engineering, biomaterials engineering, tissue engineering, biomicro/nanodevices and systems, and drug delivery.

The Louisiana Tech Biomedical Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, To find out more information about the program mission, educational objectives, student outcomes, and enrollment and graduation data, go to our Accreditation & Enrollment page.

Job Opportunities

  • Medical devices
  • Pharmaceutical industry
  • Biotechnology industry
  • Government agencies
  • Medical, law, veterinary school



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Giving Day Message from Senior Emma B. Faul

Emma receiving an award from Dr. Reis

Throughout my time in the Biomedical Engineering program at Louisiana Tech, I have had the privilege of truly experiencing as much as possible from this program and the College. The most impactful opportunities have included being an officer for the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES), serving as an ambassador for the College of Engineering and Science (COES), and finally conducting research within the Neural Technologies Laboratory.

During the summer preceding my senior year, I initiated my research journey within the Neural Technologies Laboratory under the leadership of Dr. Elisa Castagnola. The laboratory is dedicated to pioneering research in the integration of flexible neural devices with glassy carbon materials, enabling simultaneous electrophysiological recording and electrochemical detection. My focus centered on the intricate process of double pattern fabrication for flexible, implantable all glassy carbon microelectrode arrays tailored for neurochemical sensing.

Following months of meticulous optimization and extensive data collection, I had the amazing opportunity to present my summer research at the 39th annual Southern Biomedical Engineering Conference. I was honored to be awarded first place in the undergraduate presentation competition during this distinguished conference. I am also thrilled to announce my first publication as the first author for the paper titled “Batch Fabrication of Microelectrode Arrays with Glassy Carbon Microelectrodes and Interconnections for Neurochemical Sensing: Promises and Challenges.” This immersive laboratory experience bolstered my confidence and deepened my passion for the biomedical field.

As an officer for BMES and an ambassador for COES, my dedication to biomedical engineering was deeply influenced by giving tours to potential students and the many interactions with the first- and second-year biomedical engineering students. Their enthusiasm, curiosity, and relentless pursuit of knowledge served as a constant source of inspiration, fueling my passion and reinforcing my commitment to this program.

Through engaging with these students, witnessing their transformative growth and sharing in their triumphs, I am continually reminded of the profound significance student involvement can have within a program. Together, future students, current students and alums can forge a dynamic community driven by a shared vision of harnessing technology to enhance healthcare, improve quality of life, and make a meaningful impact on the world.

Emma-Bernadette Faul is a senior in the BME program and the 2024 winner of the Tommy Landrum Scholarship. She has accepted a position with PrepMD as a Cardiac Device Specialist, which she will start after graduation in May.

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Advising Materials

For a list of prerequisites and required courses, select the curricula sheets below.


Dr. Mary Caldorera-Moore

Interim Academic Director of Instrumentation and Control Systems Engineering Technology and Industrial Engineering, Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Departments: Biomedical Engineering, Center for Biomedical Engineering and Rehabilitation Sciences, Industrial Engineering, Instrumentation and Control Systems Engineering Technology, Molecular Science and Nanotechnology

Office: BMEB 208, IESB 129

Phone: 318.257.2207

Fax: 318.257.4000


Dr. Elisa Castagnola

Department: Biomedical Engineering

Office: 211 BMEB

Phone: 318.257.2840

Fax: 318.257.4000


Dr. Mark DeCoster

Professor, Associate Director

Departments: Biomedical Engineering, Center for Biomedical Engineering and Rehabilitation Sciences, Institute for Micromanufacturing, Molecular Science and Nanotechnology

Office: BMEB 210 | IFMM 212

Phone: 318.257.5118

Fax: 318.257.4000


Dr. Hisham Hegab


Departments: Biomedical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering

Office: BOGH 201A

Phone: 318.257.2684

Fax: 318.257.2562


Dr. Bryant Hollins

Senior Lecturer

Departments: Biomedical Engineering, Center for Biomedical Engineering and Rehabilitation Sciences

Office: IESB 229

Phone: 318.257.5236

Fax: 318.257.4000


Dr. Steven Jones

Associate Professor

Departments: Biomedical Engineering, Center for Biomedical Engineering and Rehabilitation Sciences

Office: BMEB 206

Phone: 318.257.2288

Fax: 318.257.4000


Dr. Teresa Murray

Interim Academic Director for Chemical and Biomedical Engineering, Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Departments: Biomedical Engineering, Center for Biomedical Engineering and Rehabilitation Sciences, Chemical Engineering

Office: BMEB 203

Phone: 318.257.5237

Fax: 318.257.4000


Dr. Randal Null


Departments: Biomedical Engineering, Center for Biomedical Engineering and Rehabilitation Sciences, Industrial Engineering

Office: BOGH 225

Phone: 318.257.5239

Fax: 318.257.4000


Gina Palmer

Administrative Coordinator 4

Departments: Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering

Phone: 318.257.2430

Fax: 318.257.4000


Dr. Louis Reis

Program Chair of Biomedical Engineering and Senior Lecturer of Mechanical Engineering

Departments: Biomedical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering

Office: BMEB 212

Phone: 318.257.2954

Fax: 318.257.2562


Advisory Board Members

The Biomedical Engineering Advisory Board was founded in 1989. The board includes 12 members who are alumni and friends of the Biomedical Engineering program from a variety of career paths, including industry, academia and medical school. The board advises the program on academic, research, and service matters. It considers matters such as recruiting, curriculum development, course content, laboratory equipment, program enhancement, and student placement. Two meetings are held annually. The fall meeting is held the day after the senior honors banquet, typically a Friday in late October or early November. An important service provided by the board members at this meeting is to hold mock interviews for our seniors to help prepare them as they begin their post-graduate careers. The spring meeting is held in early May and is combined with the college’s senior design conference. Board members attend the seniors’ project presentations and provide feedback on the quality of the projects. One role that they perform during the fall is to act as interviewers in a “mock interview” segment of the Biomedical Senior Seminar course. During the spring meeting, they provide feedback on the students’ senior design projects and they also interact directly with students to provide feedback about their experiences with the program’s courses, faculty and other elements in an anonymous manner.

Advisory Board Members – In Progress


Alumni Testimonials

Kelly Houghton

Medical Device Research and Development

Headshot of Kelly Houghton

“When I think back on my time at Louisiana Tech, what stands out to me is the hands-on, integrated engineering experience from Day 1 and the relationships I built with my professors. The small class size enabled closely knitted relationships with professors that made it easier to ask questions, receive help, and apply engineering theories in the hands-on curriculum. The experience and problem-solving skills I gained at Louisiana Tech have propelled my career in Medical Device Research and Development, and the relationships I built with my professors are still maintained years and miles away.”

Dr. John Grady

Vice-Chief of Staff Memorial Hospital Gulfport

Headshot of Dr. John Grady

“When choosing my educational journey, my ultimate goal was to get into medical school and become a physician. I am so glad I chose to matriculate into the Biomedical Engineering program at Louisiana Tech to help accomplish those goals! I truly believe the program pushed me to develop critical thinking skills that ultimately gave me a significant advantage in medical school, my residency program training, and ultimately in my practice as an Internal Medicine physician. The program challenged and prepared me to take on a grueling medical school curriculum as well as taught me the value of teamwork. The skills I learned from the Louisiana Tech Biomedical Engineering program have definitely helped me succeed in my medical practice as well as in my current role as Vice-Chief of Staff of our healthcare system. I would not be where I am today without some of those wonderful experiences in Ruston. Go Dawgs!”