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ONE-OF-A-KIND: With internationally renowned faculty, state-of-the-art research labs, and unique academic programs and opportunities that stem from our location near federal research and regulatory agencies, the Department of Biomedical Engineering offers a one-of-a-kind education that opens doors for our students.




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Dr. Igor Efimov, Chair

These are exciting times to study biomedical engineering at GW, and on behalf of the Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME), I welcome you to our site and encourage you to learn more about the many opportunities we have to offer students.

Our BME department was formed in fall 2014, followed by the opening of our new, state-of-the-art Science and Engineering Hall in 2015.  And in January 2016, we launched our first-of-its kind master of engineering degree program in regulatory biomedical engineering.

Unique location: Our location provides a wealth of research, internship, and cultural opportunities for BME students.  The department is located just across the street from the GW Medical School and Hospital, and we are within walking distance of many patent law firms on K Street, and only a Metro ride away from the US Patent and Trademark Office and the FDA.  The university also is a few blocks from the White House, Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, Smithsonian National Museums, and many other national capital landmarks and federal government institutions.

Academics: Undergraduates in the department can obtain a Bachelor of Science degree in biomedical engineering that is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).  We encourage and provide opportunities for study abroad, internships, and undergraduate research experiences, and the department maintains a diverse program of research.  At the graduate level, students can enroll in the Master of Science, Master of Engineering, and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree programs in biomedical engineering.  Opportunities for graduate student support are available in many of these areas, and we invite prospective graduate students to contact the department office or individual faculty members for detailed information about teaching and research assistantships.

Student opportunities:  Because of our location, our BME students have a range of research and internship opportunities not available at most universities.  In addition, we attend the annual sessions of the Biomedical Engineering Society every year; we host our own annual BME Day—and invite qualified prospective graduate students to join in the training opportunities presented then—and we host a range of departmental seminars.

Whether you are a prospective undergraduate or graduate student, we welcome the chance to talk with you and discuss all the options that are available to you in the BME department. Please contact me at [email protected] or at 202-994-3740 with any questions you have, including your interest in visiting the department.

Igor Efimov, Ph.D., F.A.I.M.B.E., F.A.H.A., F.H.R.S.
The Alisann & Terry Collins Professor and Chairman, Department of Biomedical Engineering




GW Pinpoint; BME Quick Facts

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GW Pinpoint; Academics

Find out more about the graduate and undergraduate degree programs offered by the BME department.