On March 13, 2021, the IEEE PES BRACU SBC arranged a very insightful webinar. As the very first session of 2021, organized by the IEEE PES BRACU SBC, is dedicated to enthusiastic souls who are very much keen to receive and learn about Biomedical Engineering from expert practitioners. 

Biomedical Engineering is an interdisciplinary field that harmonizes Medical Science and Engineering. More specifically, engineering applications focused on the human body. Biomedical Engineering is a broad field that requires knowledge from various disciplines of Engineering. But the greater picture in Bangladesh is different. Only a few universities are offering Bachelor’s Degrees in Biomedical Engineering. Yet, some concerns still arise in the curious minds who want to prosper in this field. For people who have a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical or Computer Science Engineering, how can they get adapt to this field? What are the application and research scopes? Most importantly, what kind of career and job one can have! In this webinar, our honourable speakers Dr Ehsanul Haque Apu, Dr Saifur Rahman Sabuj, and Mr Saiful Islam Milon addressed these distinct concerns related to the Biomedical Engineering field.

Farin Ahmed, The Treasurer of the IEEE PES BRACU SBC, commenced the session with a short introduction to the topic. Then she offered the floor to the guest speakers. From the beginning to the end of the webinar, honorable faculty members and professors from the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (EEE) as well as the governing body of the IEEE PES BRACU SBC were present. The entire webinar was moderated by Maliha Binte Mohsin, secretary of the IEEE PES BRACU SBC. 

The webinar started with an informative presentation by Dr Sabuj, who elucidated the basic terminology of Biomedical Engineering, applications and research scopes in Human Bond Communication (HBC). Dr Sabuj is currently serving as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Hanbat National University, South Korea, in the Department of Electronics and Control Engineering. 

Later on, in his presentation, he talked about how someone from an EEE background can also work in the field of Biomedical Engineering. “The EEE Department is closely related to Biomedical Engineering, so you can easily do your MSc or PhD in the field of Biomedical Engineering and the Biomedical Engineering field has a huge research prospect” he adds.

The session was followed by Dr. Apu, who illustrated the significance of Image Analysis Tools and Algorithms(IATA) in the research sector of Biomedical Engineering. “I have been working since 2012. During my tenure, I got to work with Electrical Engineers, Mechanical Engineers, Civil Engineers. Currently, I am working with an Electrical Engineer and a Computer Scientist. They are developing Image Analysis Tools for Apple, Intel, etc. So, this is a transdisciplinary field. A person with one Bachelor’s degree can work in this field as everyone works together as a team”. 

Dr. Apu also gave the audience some intriguing insights about Analyzing Cancer Cell Invasion through Advanced Imaging & Algorithms. He is currently working as a Postdoctoral Research Associate and Faculty in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the Michigan State University, USA 

The Last speaker of the webinar was Md. Saiful Islam Milon, a BRAC EEE alumnus and now works at Technoworth Associates Ltd as an Executive Sales & Service Engineer. Mr. Milon discussed with the audience about the demand and growing job markets in the Biomedical Engineering field and how the government and the other regional or multinational companies are hiring experts from Bangladesh, especially from EEE background. 

Mr. Milon added that “About 90% of Engineers who are working in Biomedical Engineering fields are from EEE background. As Biomedical Engineering is quite new in Bangladesh”.

The webinar ended with the speakers answering several questions from the audience. All the speakers expressed their generous gestures towards the organizers and assured to do more future collaborations with BRAC University.