Biomedical engineering is a field that has gained much attention over the last few years. Although technically, the field is several centuries old, the formal recognition of biomedical engineering as an engineering discipline is substantially novel. Biomedical Engineering is the application of engineering knowledge to solve challenges in medicine and biology. Since the scope of the field is fairly application oriented, the theoretical knowledge requirement is considerably vast. A biomedical engineer is required to possess a thorough working knowledge in fields such as electronic, computer and telecommunication engineering, signal processing, image processing and systems design among many others. Besides engineering, a substantial knowledge in biology and medicine is also crucial for the success of a biomedical engineer’s career.

Biomedical engineers are globally in very high demand and the working environments vary across a large spectrum. Engineers who are employed by hospitals will have the responsibility of managing complicated equipment, ensuring patient as well as staff safety. The fact that most biomedical equipment, if used incorrectly can result in dire consequences makes this task crucial in many aspects. The budding industry of biomedical engineering in Sri Lanka currently has limited potential for product development. The industry, at present, mainly focuses on installation and maintenance of biomedical equipment. However, it is expected that within a few years Sri-Lanka will catch up with the global trend in improved healthcare facilities, leading to a greater demand for related for goods and services, thus opening the opportunities for biomedical engineers and the enhancement of the local biomedical manufacturing industry.

Research is the corner stone of the sublime field of biomedical engineering. University of Moratuwa stepped into the research area of biomedical engineering decades before the introduction of the formal degree program. Many collaborative research partnerships were established with leading medical research bodies of Sri Lanka, resulting in the completion of important research, leading towards the development of novel or modified products. With the introduction of the degree program, students can expect such collaborations to thrive and product design and development to be taken to the next level.

Many sub-specialization areas are available to the students upon the completion of the biomedical engineering program. Bioinstrumentation deals with the direct application of electronic and measurement principles and techniques for medical use. These engineers design techniques and equipment to be used in next generation diagnosis and treatment devices. The sub-specialty of systems physiology is crucial in developing insights towards the function of the human body. Such understanding is usually the foundation for novel drugs as well as treatments. Rehabilitation engineering is a new and exciting sub-specialty, dealing with improving the quality of life of the differently abled community. The sub-specialty of clinical engineering directly lies in the application of biomedical engineering knowledge in hospitals and other clinical settings. Such involvement is crucial towards the function of any major hospital or healthcare body.

The enthralling enthusiasm associated with the field of biomedical engineering in the global scale will undoubtedly result in grooming a generation of students who are highly sought after engineers in the near future.