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Bio Engineering FacilityThe Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME) at Michigan State University was established in January 2015, and began offering graduate degrees (M.S. and Ph.D) in 2016-17.

Christopher Contag joined MSU as the inaugural chairperson of the new BME department in the College of Engineering in September 2016.

The department is housed in the new Bio Engineering Facility.  The opening of the 130,000-square-foot facility marked the start of a new era of scientific research at MSU.  The facility is located on the south side of campus and brings together engineers and basic science researchers with medical researchers to help solve some of the world's biggest challenges.

Dr. Contag is also the inaugural director of the Institute for Quantitative Health Science and Engineering at MSU.  The institute is a collaboration between the Colleges of Engineering, Human Medicine, and Natural Science.  It will be an interdisciplinary research center devoted to basic and applied research at the interface of life sciences, engineering, information science and other physical and mathematical sciences.