Brown University School of Engineering


Biomedical Engineering research is at the interface of engineering, biology, and medicine. The program features an interdisciplinary approach in four complementary research areas: tissue engineering/regenerative medicine, neuroengineering/imaging, biomaterials/nanotechnology, and biomechanics.

The Chemical and Biochemical Engineering program (CBE) applies chemical and engineering sciences to emerging technologies and their impacts on human health and the environment. Specific research thrusts include environmental remediation, biotechnology, biotransport processes, chemical nanoscience, carbon-based materials, and thermal and electrochemical energy conversion.

Electrical and Computer Engineering Research focuses on solid state and quantum electronics (SSQE), multimedia signal processing, medical imaging, computer vision, 3D photography, speech processing, image understanding, design and test of digital integrated circuits, computer architecture, physical integrated circuit design, communications theory, wireless communications, and nanoscale system design. Research topics include projects in experimental laser sciences, semiconductors, optoelectronics, THz/mmW, semiconductor devices, condensed matter physics, nanoscience and technology, biophotonics, and bioengineering.

Research in the Fluids and Thermal Sciences group focuses on a broad range of disciplines and applications including fundamental fluid dynamics and heat transfer, micro- and nanoscale fluids, complex fluids, biotechnology, acoustics, thermodynamics and energy sciences.

Materials Science focuses on a fundamental understanding of the different types of materials and the interrelationship between processing, structure, and materials properties. Research areas include biomaterials, ceramics, metals, polymers, composites, electronic materials, energy materials, and thin films.

The Mechanics of Solids group fosters a balanced program that integrates the perspectives of continuum mechanics, structure of matter, and materials science.