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Paul A. Dayton
William R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor
UNC / NC State Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering Department Chair

Department Chair and William R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor Paul A. Dayton

As Chair and Department Head I would like to welcome all visitors to this website for the UNC/NC State Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering.  A common first question from those just getting acquainted is “what is a Joint Department?” The response, we are a single department that has multiple institutional homes.  As a single department we have one Chair/Department Head, one unified faculty, and unified undergraduate and graduate student bodies.  The UNC/NC State Joint Department’s multiple institutional homes are:  The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s College of Arts and Sciences and School of Medicine; and North Carolina State University’s College of Engineering.

A big advantage of being such a Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering is all our faculty, students, and staff have access to all the facilities/resources available to any member of UNC’s College of Arts and Sciences, and any member of UNC’s School of Medicine; and also any member of NC State’s College of Engineering.  The nationally ranked UNC Hospitals and School of Medicine at UNC-Chapel Hill provide an excellent clinical environment for students to gain experience in medicine, while the College of Engineering at NC State, one of the finest engineering and computer science schools in the world, offers state-of-the art facilities for students and faculty engaged in vital areas of research and technology transfer.

Another big advantage of the Joint Department is that all faculty are available as instructors or research mentors to all students enrolled in the graduate degree program, and all students enrolled in the undergraduate degree program.  Biomedical Engineering is a broad discipline, but our single department/multi-institutional structure provides the comprehensive resources and broad range of expertise to offer five diverse areas of research:  Biomedical Imaging; Biomedical Microdevices; Pharmacoengineering; Regenerative Medicine; and Rehabilitations Engineering.

The mission of the Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering is to unite engineering and medicine to improve lives.  Our unique department’s three core values are:  innovate, collaborate and translate.  With more than 50 primary teaching and research faculty members and approximately 600 undergraduate, Master’s, and doctoral students, the Joint Department is on track to realize its ambitious vision of becoming a leader in real-world results: faculty productivity, student accomplishment, and entrepreneurial success.