Letter from the Chairman
Welcome to the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis.
As I look forward to this new academic year, I am excited at the possibilities — hiring of new faculty, the influx of new
students at all levels and a new initiative with the world-renowned medical school in Imaging Science and Engineering. Working with our dedicated faculty, staff and students I believe we will accomplish our goals and stay true to our core values.
Highlights from the past year include the hiring of a new outstanding faculty member, Professor Quing Zhu; receiving numerous major new research awards from the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Defense; awarding 68 new bachelor’s degrees; and beginning a new collaboration with the medical school. The department remains focused on the training of engineers at all levels who understand the complexities of biomedical systems, and original research aimed at solving complex biomedical problems using engineering methodologies.
Founded in 1997, the department has grown to 19 faculty, 7 full-time staff, 300+ undergraduates and 151 graduate students. The PhD program is currently ranked 14th in the country, and this rapid ascension is due to the remarkable dedication of the faculty, staff and students to our core values: collaboration, diversity, excellence, innovation, integrity and knowledge. I hope these values are apparent as you peruse the brochure and I highlight a few of our major accomplishments and plans for the future.
The cornerstone of a department at a research university is the pursuit of new knowledge. The research in our department can generally be captured in overlapping areas that include biomedical and biological imaging; cancer technologies; cardiovascular engineering; molecular and cellular systems engineering; neural engineering; and regenerative engineering in medicine. All of these areas have a critical mass of faculty within the department, as well as amongst our more than 70 affiliated faculty, to provide rich research and training opportunities. The department faculty garnered more than $10 million in extramural funding during 2015 and continues to be one of the leading departments in funding from the National Institutes of Health.
As the department continues to grow and develop, our focus will remain on research and teaching excellence. We have plans to stimulate opportunities for multi-investigator research projects and training grants to meet the changing landscape of biomedical research and to meet the needs of the biotechnology private sector. We will continue to seek new faculty who can bridge our existing research areas and who approach problem-solving using multidisciplinary, innovative and integrative techniques.
Steven C. GeorgeDepartment ChairElvera & William Stuckenberg Professor of Technology & Human Affairs