Biological engineering has become an integral part of the modern research that has a direct impact on human lives. This field requires a multidisciplinary branch of engineering principles to quantitatively understand problems in biological systems and to design or manufacture products that can help improve the diagnosis and therapeutic treatment. Realizing the importance and the potential of biological engineering, KMUTT’s executives initiated the biological engineering group in 2004. Its curriculum was drafted and approved in 2005.
The biological engineering program, formally established in 2006, is a graduate program that offers master degrees in engineering (M. Eng.), and in science (M.S.), and doctoral degrees (Ph.D.). The program’s academic staff consists of both full-time faculty members and affiliated members with diverse expertise from various schools and departments. They actively participate in both teaching and research activities. The program has strong collaborations with several leading medical institutes in Thailand, for example, Orthopedics Department at Siriraj Hospital, Pediatric Department at Ramathibodi Hospital, Renal Unit at Chulalongkorn University Hospital, Faculty of Dentistry at Mahidol University, Lerdsin Hospital, and Bangkok Group Hospitals. In addition, international partnerships with the world leading organizations, such as Osaka Univesity, Taipei Medical University, Kanazawa University, Shibuya Kogyo, Co. Ltd., and Queensland University of Technology, have always been the focus of our program to promote and strengthen our research cability. Because of these partnerships, the students in our program have opportunities to conduct their research overseas either in short-term or long-term.
The mission of the biological engineering program is to produce high quality graduates with integrated knowledge of engineering and life sciences in order to build new strength to tackle challenges in Thailand’s healthcare industry through research and innovation. The program has been continuingly modified in consideration of all stakeholders including students, universities, research institutes, healthcare industry so that the program could meet the needs in both domestic and international levels.