The Meinig School is building research and educational programs around a vision that a quantitative understanding of the human body can be used as a foundation for the rational design of therapies, molecules, devices, and diagnostic procedures to improve human health. Integral to the School's research effort are undergraduate and graduate students, post-doctoral researchers, technicians, clinical advisors and visiting faculty.

Biomedical engineering builds research around a quantitative understanding of the human body as an integrated, multiscale system. The study of mechanisms of disease through engineering analysis can be used to design better therapies, devices and diagnostic procedures to improve human health. The diversity of opportunities inherent in biomedical engineering and the access to the vast intellectual and facilities resources across Cornell and at its partner site at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York City make Cornell an exceptional place to earn a degree. 

A critical component of every student degree program is active participation in the school's research activity and its research goals could not, in fact, be achieved without this participation. Undergraduate students from diverse majors participate in the biomedical engineering minor or take biomedical engineering courses and many of these students also make important contributions to the school's research goals.