Established in 1997, the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis (WashU BME) seeks to provide a first-class engineering education that prepares students for a variety of careers and a cutting-edge graduate program that advances knowledge and technology with the goal to improve human well-being.

Our department is organized around seven distinct research disciplines that bridge all departments and schools at WashU:

We offer degree programs at every level. Our Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering, Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering, and PhD in Biomedical Engineering are all taught by expert faculty who are leaders in their fields.

BME Facilities

Our facilities support medical research and innovation

The department has space in Whitaker and Brauer Halls that is located on the northeast side of the Danforth Campus. These academic buildings are part of the new Engineering Complex that has state-of-the-art research labs, classroom and collaboration space.

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Our overall objective is to prepare those in our biomedical engineering training programs for a variety of career paths. To that end, our undergraduate curriculum is designed to provide technical proficiency, as well as communication and other professional skills so that our graduates will be able to:

  • Pursue careers in the biomedical engineering industry or related fields.
  • Undertake advanced study (e.g. MS, PhD) in biomedical engineering or a related field.
  • Complete professional degrees (e.g., in medicine, dentistry, law).

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History of Biomedical Engineering at WashU

  • 1964 to 1967: Biomedical Computer Laboratory (BCL) founded by Dr. Jerome Cox.
  • 1970: Interdepartmental graduate program in Biomedical Engineering established and Master of Health Care Technology program started.
  • 1972: Certificate Program in Biomedical Engineering established.
  • 1994: The strategic planning process for a new department began. 1996 First freshman class in biomedical engineering admitted.
  • 1997: Department of Biomedical Engineering established and Frank Yin, MD, PhD, serves as department chair (1997 to 2013).
  • 1999: Fifteen million dollars awarded from the Whitaker Foundation for a new building and faculty.
  • 2000: BCL closed and the Center for Computational Biology (CCB), a joint endeavor with the Departments of Genetics & Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics established.
  • 2002: Uncas A. Whitaker Hall for Biomedical Engineering completed.
  • 2004: Cardiac Bioelectricity & Arrhythmia Center (CBAC) established.
  • 2010: Stephen F. & Camilla T. Brauer Hall completed.
  • 2012: Center for Biological and Systems Engineering established.
  • 2014: to 2017 Steven C. George, MD, PhD, serves as department chair.
  • 2017: Lori Setton named department chair.