Our Biomedical Engineering Department is a community of faculty, staff, and students who strive to synthesize engineering expertise and medical needs to innovatively solve complex problems in biology and medicine for the enhancement of health care and the betterment of society. The department offers both BS and MS degrees, and it seeks to strengthen its position in biomedical design, manufacturing, and related areas. Additional information about the Department can be found at http://bmed.calpoly.edu. The College of Engineering is the largest of Cal Poly's six colleges with 10 academic departments and that offer 14 Bachelor of Science degrees, 10 Masters of Science degrees, and six blended/joint bachelor and master degree programs. The College currently educates over 6,000 undergraduate and graduate students and admission is extremely competitive. The College is recognized as one of the premier undergraduate engineering programs in the nation for its hands-on project and design-based learning environment. The College operates under the leadership of the Dean of the College of Engineering, and a management staff consisting of associate and assistant deans, department chairs, and program directors. The College employs approximately 51 staff and 229 tenured/tenure track faculty and part-time lecturers. Founded in 1901, Cal Poly is one of only five comprehensive polytechnic universities in the nation, with approximately 19,000 undergraduates, 120 post-baccalaureates, and 900 graduate students. U.S. News and World Report has ranked Cal Poly #1 among public master's universities in the western United States for 21 consecutive years. A primarily undergraduate university, Cal Poly offers academically focused students 66 baccalaureate degrees and 27 master's degrees. Operating on the quarter calendar system, Cal Poly takes pride in its "Learn by Doing" approach to teaching and learning, which has characterized Cal Poly since its founding. One of the 23 campuses of the California State University system, Cal Poly has a statewide mandate as a polytechnic university. Cal Poly is one of the largest land-holding universities in the nation and uses all of its land holdings in active support of its educational programs. Cal Poly is located in historic San Luis Obispo, a city of 44,000, 12 miles from the Pacific Ocean and midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles on California's scenic Central Coast. With excellent public education resources, recreational facilities and an expanding dedication to the arts, the area is known for its scenic landscapes and extraordinary temperate climate.