Center of Biomedical Engineering


Be an Eastern African regional center of excellence in bio-medical engineering by 2020.


  • To produce the trained manpower required in the health sector development program
  • To carry out innovative and development research that contributes to improved health care service in the Country and the East African region
  • To build the capacity of technical personnel working in the various healthcare institutions
  • To provide consultancy, training, and outreach services for stakeholders in the region including regulatory government bodies and health care institutions
  • To advise policy makers in national and regional institutions on health sector issues including standards related to biomedical engineering

Partners and Stakeholders

  • The following are the major partners and stakeholders of the Center of Biomedical Engineering in its teaching and research activity

Potential Partners

  • School of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • School of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
  • School of Bio and Chemical Engineering
  • College of Health Sciences
  • Dept of Radiation Medicine, School of Medicine
  • Dept of Anatomy and Physiology, School of Medicine
  • Dept of Biochemistry and Pharmacology, School of Medicine
  • Dept of Neurological Sciences, School of Medicine
  • Dept of Medical Laboratory Technology, School of Allied Health Sciences
  • Dept of Biomedical Engineering, University of Michigan
  • Institute of Biomedical Engineering, University of Toronto
  • Institute of Biomedical Engineering, University of Wisconsin at Madison


  • Ministry of Health
  • Ministry of Science and Technology
  • Ministry of Education
  • Ministry of Industry
  • Healthcare Institutions (Hospitals, Clinics, etc)
  • Higher Education Institutions with Biomedical Engineering Programs
  • Private Companies in the Health Sector


Center of Biomedical Engineering

  • Biomedical Instrumentation
  • Biomedical Rehabilitation
  • Biomedical Computing


Center of Biomedical Engineering

The Center of Biomedical Engineering was established to produce trained manpower in critical areas of the discipline and lead research relevant to improvement of healthcare services in Ethiopia. Although Biomedical Engineering is a broad discipline with different tracks of study, the postgraduate programs launched are in Biomedical Instrumentation and Biomedical Rehabilitation. The vision of the Center is to be a regional focal point for teaching, research, and innovation in three specific areas of biomedical engineering:Biomedical Instrumentation, Biomedical Rehabilitation, Biomedical Computing. The Center’s mission is to produce the critical manpower in the areas of interest who can be actively involved in the management, design, construction, and installation of equipment and innovative research activities. Currently, the Center is located at the former School of Pharmacy with a few administrative offices, classrooms, and laboratories. In the future, with the support of partners and stakeholders, full-fledged teaching and research campus will be established.


The undergraduate training program is aimed at alleviating the challenge of biomedical equipment management and thereby improving the quality of the health care in the country. The general objectives of the Undergraduate Program are:

  • To train biomedical engineers who can design, develop, install, operate, and maintain biomedical equipment and thereby improve health care system in the country; and
  • To train biomedical engineers to carry out research in the areas of biomedical engineering relevant to the needs of the country.

The specific objectives are to:

  • Engage students in technical activities to support the health care system and emerging industries;
  • Prepare graduates with the capability to follow the current and future developments in the field and related applications;
  • Enable graduates work as a team in addressing technical problems which may be encountered in real life and health care system;
  • Provide graduates with sufficient background to undertake postgraduate training in related specialized areas of bio discipline.

The graduate training program at MSc level has similar objectives with additional components related to research and development relevant to the health care service.

Seminars and Conferences

There are monthly seminars organized by the School of Multidisciplinary Engineering in which every Center in the School presents topics of interest. Postgraduate seminar courses and guest lectures are typical inputs for the events.

Academic Staffs

No Full Name Qual. Rank Interest Area
1 Frehiwot Woldehanna PhD Asso Prof Biomedical Instrumentation
2 Masreshaw Demelash PhD Asst Prof Biomedical Instrumentation
3 Birhanu Assefa MSc Lect Biomedical Instrumentation
4 Ashenafi Hussien MSc Lect Biomedical Instrumentation
5 Robel Kebede MSc Lect Biomedical Instrumentation, On study leave for PhD
6 Behailu Guta BSc Asst Lect Biomedical Instrumentation
7 Mekdes Seyoum BSc Asst Lect Biomedical Instrumentation
8 Selam Belachew BSc Asst Lect Biomedical Instrumentation
9 Serkalem Damenu BSc Asst Lect Biomedical Instrumentation
10 Tsion samuel BSc Asst Lect Biomedical Instrumentation
11 Leelavathy Rajesh MSc Asst Prof Biomedical Rehabilitation, Expatriet
12 Meseret Nigatie MSc Lect Biomedical Rehabilitation, On study leave for PhD
13 Asnake Eshetu BSc Asst Lect Biomedical Rehabilitation
14 Biruk Abraham BSc AsstLect Biomedical Rehabilitation
15 Emebet Hailu BSc Asst Lect Biomedical Rehabilitation
16 EphremTesfaye BSc Asst Lect Biomedical Rehabilitation
17 Fekadu Mulugeta BSc Asst Lect Biomedical Rehabilitation
18 Kalid Awel BSc Asst Lect Biomedical Rehabilitation
19 Gyeong-Man Kim PhD Professor Biomedical Rehabilitation
20 Dawit Assefa PhD Asst Prof Biomedical Computing (Chair)
21 Melkamu Hunegnaw MSc Lect Biomedical Computing, On study leave for PhD
22 Haile Baye BSc Asst Lect Biomedical Computing
23 Samuel Getaneh BSc Asst Lect Biomedical Computing, On study leave for PhD
24 Natnael Alemu MSc Lect Biomedical Computing
25 Nardos Hailu BSc Asst Lect --
26 Samuel Melke BSc Asst Lect --
27 Mengistu Kifle PhD Guest -

Partnerships and collaborations

The major local collaborations include the Federal Ministry of Health from the public sector and neuroMEDSS, Medical Equipment Devices Supplies and Systems from the private sector. These collaborations help the Center build its own capacity in terms of laboratory facilities as well as manpower. Academic collaboration exists with a number of higher education institutions including University of Michigan (USA), PSNA College of Engineering and Technology, Tamilnadu (India), University of Wisconsin Madison (USA). Additional collaborations are under development with institutions in South Korea.


Part of the laboratory facilities are shared with the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, the School of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, College of Health Sciences, and College of Natural Sciences. The remaining part, under development, includes Biomedical Engineering Lab, Lab, Signal and Image Processing Lab, High Performance Computing Lab, and Biomedical Rehabilitation Lab.



Telephone: +251-111-577887

Dr. Masreshaw Demelash

Head, Center of Biomedical Engineering
Mobile No: +251-943-802844

Chair, Biomedical Instrumentation and PG Coordinator
Mobile No: +251-943-802844


UG Coordinator
Mobile No: +251-

Dr. Dawit Assefa

Chair, Biomedical Computing
Mobile No: +251-922-759688


Chair, Biomedical Rehabilitation
Mobile No: +251-