Program Highlights

Biomedical Engineering at the University of Manitoba is a graduate program toward M.Sc., Ph.D. degrees and/or MD/PhD. It is a multidisciplinary program between the three faculties of Engineering, Medicine and Science.

The main innovative feature of this program is not its concept nor its content -there are many other similar programs in North America- but its functional design; the proposed program will be created not by the creation of a new faculty or department, but by the goodwill, combined strength, coordinated efforts and joint administration of the Faculties of Engineering, Science and Medicine.  Another innovative feature of the proposed program is its admission's flexibility: the program admits students from a wide variety of backgrounds, and tailor each student's program by taking their particular background into account. This results in a flexible, student-centered BME program that meets the degree objectives and accountability criteria of the Institution.

The main research areas of the program includes but not limited to: medical instrumentation and sensors, biological signal processing, biomedical image processing and reconstruction, gait analysis and rehabilitation, biophotonics, orthopaedic mechanics,  neurocognitive science, non-invasive diagnosis of neurological disorders.

BME Program Initiative Organization Chart

A committee chaired by the Dean of the Price Faculty of Engineering, and whose other two members will be the Dean’s (or their appointees) of the Faculties of Science, and Medicine, will appoint a director from the Price Faculty of Engineering for the BME program.  The director will report directly to the Dean of Engineering. The Director chooses two associate directors from the other two faculties (other than his or her own faculty) who are responsible for the management of the BME program. As with all graduate programs, the BME graduate program abides by all the rules and regulations established and implemented by the Faculty of Graduate Studies for its graduate programs. 

BME Program Director is directly responsible for the entire program, forms the committees, and assigns the committee members for the committees listed below. It will also be the responsibility of the director to assign instructors for courses falling exclusively under the BME program. This is a 3-year term position (renewable).



The BME-GPEC (Biomedical Engineering Graduate Program Executive Committee) is divided into four subcommittees plus a student representative to facilitate the fulfillment of its mandate.  The Director of the Biomedical Engineering Graduate Program serves as the BME-GPEC Chair and approves the appointment of each subcommittee chair who in turn may recruit members to his or her respective subcommittee.  The BME-GPEC membership and assignment of the chair of each subcommittee will be by nomination and election at the annual meeting of all BME members.


    1. Graduate Admissions, Students Progress and Awards Subcommittee
      1. Reviews and recommends acceptance for Graduate Student applications
        1. Ensure that student meets objective criteria for admissions to the graduate program
        2. Confirms the supervisor consent and support for student
      2. Reviews current student performance and makes recommendations for remedial action for underperforming students.
      3. Reviews applications for Fellowships, Travel Grants and other financial support and make recommendations to BME-GPEC for endorsement.
      4. Draft a budget for submission to BME-GPEC to cover funding for graduate students.
      5. Reports on its activities at regular BME-GPEC meetings.
    2. Graduate Curriculum Subcommittee
      1. Ensure that the students’ programs of study meet the BME, faculty of Graduate Studies and the University of Manitoba regulations for the specific degrees being undertaken.
      2. Coordinates the program schedule to ensure that the necessary BME core courses are delivered in an appropriate fashion.
      3. Monitors and reviews the content of the BME core courses and the quality of the instruction.
        Ensure that the program curriculum meets national standards.
      4. Recommends program, structural or regulatory requirements to the BME-GPEC and following their endorsement by the BME-GPEC work with the FGS to get them approved.
      5. Reports on its activities at regular BME-GPEC meetings
    3. Membership Subcommittee
      1. Determine the requirements for various classes of faculty membership in the BME program.
      2. Review and recommend applications for faculty membership in the BME program.
      3. Monitors activities of members with respect to the class of membership and recommend changes to BME-GPEC.
    4. Liaison & Outreach Subcommittee
      1. Aims to encourage high quality students to apply to undergraduate and graduate BME programs.
      2. Coordinates with outreach committees in the Faculties of Engineering, Medicine and Science.
      3. Interacts directly with local schools, and the IEEE to help promote the profession and the BME programs in Manitoba.
      4. Maintains and develops the BME Graduate Program website as a tool for outreach and marketing.
      5. Oversees the BME Seminar program
      6. Draft a budget for submission to BME-GPEC to cover its activities.
      7. Reports on its activities at regular BME-GPEC meetings.
    5. Student Councilor
      1. Reviews and represents issues of concern to students including (but not limited to) access to lab space and equipment, computational resources, teaching, course content, etc.
      2. Draft a budget for submission  to BME-GPEC to cover programmatic needs for students.
      3. Reports on activities at regular BME-GPEC meetings.