The fundamental mission of the J. Crayton Pruitt Family Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Florida is to better the world and improve the human condition through interdisciplinary and creative merging of engineering with biology and medicine.
JG-56 Biomedical Sciences Building
P.O. Box 116131
Gainesville, FL 32611-6131
Administration & Advising
Christine E. Schmidt
Professor, J. Crayton Pruitt Family Chair & Department Chair
Professor & Senior Associate Chair
Professor & Associate Chair for Graduate Studies
What do Biomedical Engineers do?
Biomedical engineers analyze and design solutions to problems in biology and medicine, with the goal of improving the quality and effectiveness of patient care.
Source: U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics
The J. Crayton Pruitt Family
The J. Crayton Pruitt Family Department of Biomedical Engineering is UF’s first named department. In 1995, Dr. J. Crayton Pruitt Sr., a cardiothoracic surgeon from St. Petersburg, Fla., received a heart transplant at Shands at UF. A biventricular assist device — a classic example of biomedical engineering technology — kept him alive for 10 days while he waited for a heart. The experience left Dr. Pruitt and his family with a profound appreciation for biomedical engineering. Several years later, he made a donation that is expected to create a $20 million endowment for the department that now bears his name.