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Biomedical Engineering

As an engineering school, we aspire to discover the unknown, educate students, and serve society. Our strategy focuses intellectual efforts through a new convergence paradigm and builds on strengths, particularly as applied to medicine and health, energy and environment, and security. Through innovative partnerships with academic and industry partners—across disciplines and across the world—we contribute to solving the greatest global challenges of the 21st century.

Why Consider Biomedical Engineering?

The discipline of biomedical engineering integrates, at the molecular, cellular, and whole body levels, the fields of biology, medicine, and engineering. Because of their broad training and ability to think and understand vastly different disciplines, biomedical engineers are critical members of interdisciplinary teams working on the design, development, and utilization of materials, devices, and techniques for modern biomedical research, as well as the diagnosis and treatment of patients. Biomedical engineers are highly sought after in research laboratories, hospitals, and biotechnology industries.

The Washington University Advantage

Our highly-ranked department benefits from a longstanding, extensive, and collegial partnership with our world-renowned School of Medicine. We seek to provide a first-class undergraduate engineering-based education to prepare students for a variety of careers. Major research thrusts are:

  • biomaterials and tissue engineering
  • cardiovascular engineering
  • imaging technologies
  • molecular, cell, and systems engineering
  • neural engineering

Introduction to BME and Freshman Engineering Seminar

An introductory class in Biomedical Engineering exposes the students to exciting areas in the discipline. A weekly freshman engineering seminar, organized and run by upper class students, will introduce you to engineering and will help you identify the speciic area of engineering that matches your long-term interests and aspirations. In addition, the seminar helps develop leadership, collaboration, and communication skills—all of which will help you succeed throughout your undergraduate education.

Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate students have numerous opportunities to participate with faculty on research projects ranging from the synthesis of nanomaterials for use in energy and environmental technologies to cell and tissue engineering to developing biosensors; aerosol science and engineering, reaction engineering, and aquatic processes. Over sixty percent of our current students participate in an undergraduate research or independent study project with faculty. These experiences occur as both part-time work during the school year as well as full-time opportunities during the summer months between academic years.

Career Opportunities in Biomedical Engineering

Because of their broad training and ability to think and understand vastly different disciplines, biomedical engineers are critical members of interdisciplinary teams working on the design, development, and utilization of materials, devices, and techniques for modern biomedical research, as well as the diagnosis and treatment of patients. Biomedical Engineering graduates work in a variety of fields including academia, medicine, business, and law. Companies in the biomedical and biotechnology industries number in the thousands in the U.S. alone. Biomedical engineers are employed by a wide variety of companies, including new start-up ventures, large pharmaceutical firms, government or industrial laboratories, and hospitals. Also, most students go on to earn higher degrees in engineering (M.S., Ph.D.) or other professional areas (M.D., M.B.A.) in order to specialize in an area of interest.

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