It is clear that Biomedical Engineers will continue to aid humanity in monumental ways
It is clear that Biomedical Engineers will continue to aid humanity in monumental ways. Whether that be through prosthetics, tissue engineering or stem cell research; they have the potential of benefiting individuals of all ages and socioeconomic status. For instance, with the current aging population in the US growing, there may be a push for reconstructive tissue in the near future as the risks of developing some heath related problems increases with age, such as hearing loss which could potentially be cured by tissue regeneration. Furthermore, the aging population will increase demand for pacemakers and other organ aids. The demand for joint replacements might hold steady due to amateur and professional sports injuries; however, the typical knee and hip replacement will increase for the infirm. In addition, there is no doubt of the benefits to society connected to their continued use of tissue engineering and stem cell research to combat diseases and aid in nerve regeneration. It could go hand in hand with making neural prosthetics more of a graspable endeavor, especially for young veterans and disabled youth. However, if injured in a way where the disabled are unable to use neural prosthetics, the continued study into orthopedic prosthetics shows promise. It could result in a better product for them made from more durable hardware that lasts longer with lower production costs due to foreseeable advances in 3D printing. There will be unforeseeable changes in the coming years but with all the possibilities, and with the internet bringing the rarest of ailments to light, more capable engineers will be needed to keep up with the demand.