BME at WashU


BME brochure (.PDF)

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 six distinct research disciplines that bridge all departments and schools at WashU:


18

tenured/tenure-track faculty

+
3

instructors

+
95

affiliated faculty

1,479 alumni
250
undergraduates
130
graduate students

 

$7.8million

Core Faculty Total (FY19)

 

 

$445,000

Per core faculty (FY18)

Objective

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).

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 department chair (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 department chair.

2017

Lori Setton named department chair.

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