University of Maryland A. James Clark School of Engineering



April 11, 2008

Location: 2nd Floor, West Corridor of the Jeong H. Kim Engineering Building on the University of Maryland, College Park campus

Size: 7,400 square feet

Cost: $7.6 million


  • Two named wet labs (Biophotonic Imaging and Biomaterials Engineering), plus additional lab space available for future faculty.
    Lab occupants:
    • Associate Professor Bruce Yu (Biomaterials Engineering) studies microsensors to aid the repair and rehabilitation of injured musculoskeletal tissues and studies the delivery of radio-pharmaceuticals
    • Assistant Professor Yu "Tim" Chen (Biophotonic Imaging) studies biomedical optical imaging to improve early disease detection
    • Once all of the labs are occupied, they will house around 30 students
  • A new office suite that serves as the main office of the department and includes five offices for faculty and staff, plus meeting and cubicle space

Other details:

  • The new wing adjoins the FabLab of the Maryland NanoCenter
  • Ribbon-cutting ceremony: April 11, 2008, 12 p.m.
  • Construction began in August of 2006 and the department moved in December 2007
  • Labs in the new wing are equipped with autoclaves, coldrooms, freezers, biological hoods and more

Quote from William Bentley, Robert E. Fischell Distinguished Professor and department chair:
"We recognize that the next generation of biomedical devices will come out of the synergy between bioengineering and microfabrication. Our new space positions us to take advantage of these two related fields and to foster increasing partnerships in these areas."

About the Fischell Department of Bioengineering:
The A. James Clark School of Engineering established the Fischell Department of Bioengineering in July of 2006 thanks to a transformational $31 million gift from Dr. Robert E. Fischell and his family. The first cohort of undergraduate students began their studies in the Fall of 2007 and numbered 78. For more information on this rapidly growing department, please visit

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Yu Chen in Lab
(Photo Credit: Al Santos)

Above: Prof. Yu "Tim" Chen with students in his Biophotonics Imaging Lab in the new bioengineering wing of the Kim Engineering Building.


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