BME at WashU

Established in 1997, the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis (BME at WashU) seeks to provide a first-class engineering education that prepares students for a variety of careers and a cutting-edge graduate program that advances basic science with the hope of ​improving the diagnoses and treatments of human diseases.

Diagnosing and treating complex diseases are among the world’s most significant long-term challenges. Yet these present some of the greatest possibilities for improving global quality of life. Historically, physicians have approached diseases with standardized treatments, but recently, through a convergence of disciplines, physicians, scientists and engineers are beginning to understand the medical and health potential of cutting-edge research in areas such as genome and imaging sciences, novel medical devices, and new drugs and delivery methods.


19

tenured/tenure-track faculty

+
2

instructors

+
79

affiliated faculty

1,479 alumni
304
undergraduates
151
graduate students

 

$10.17million

Core Faculty Total (FY16)

 

 

$535,000

Per core faculty (FY16)

​​Mission & Objective​

The departmental mission is to serve society as a center for learning and knowledge-creation in engineering and science for the purpose of advancing biology and medicine.

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, in preparation for careers utilizing further training.
  • Complete professional degrees (e.g., in medicine, dentistry, law, business) in preparation for careers utilizing those degrees.

Our objectives and curriculum are evaluated and revised based on feedback from our advisory boards and alumni as well as their supervisors.​​​

History of Biomedical Engineering at WashU

1964 - 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 Chairman (1997-2013).

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.

2009

Ranked #10 in U.S. News & World Report rankings of graduate and professional programs.

2010

Stephen F. & Camilla T. Brauer Hall completed.

2012

Center for Biological and Systems Engineering established.

2014 - 2017

Steven C. George, MD, PhD serves as Chairman.

                   
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