Welcome

On behalf of the faculty and staff of the GW Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME), I would like to welcome you to our web site.

These are exciting times for biomedical engineering at GW.  The formation of our new Department of Biomedical Engineering in fall 2014, followed by the launch in 2015 of our new Science and Engineering Hall, which is across the street from the GW Medical School and Hospital, make it a unique time to study biomedical engineering in the heart of the nation’s capital. We are also just a few blocks away from the White House, Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, Smithsonian National Museums, and many other national capital landmarks and Federal government institutions.

Undergraduates in the department can obtain a Bachelor of Science degree in biomedical engineering, which is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). The wide range of expertise of our faculty allows us to prepare undergraduates for immediate entrance into the practice of biomedical engineering, or graduate, medical, policy, or law schools, and also to provide the breadth of fundamental knowledge that will prepare them for the lifelong learning that is necessary to remain productive as professionals in the future. We encourage and provide opportunities for study abroadinternships, and undergraduate research experiences.

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.  The BME department maintains a diverse program of research directed at areas such as medical imaging, medical image and signal analysis, optogenetics, microfluidics and lab-on-a-chip development, and neural and cardiovascular 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.

Every year we attend annual sessions of the Biomedical Engineering Society, where we present our department and our programs to prospective graduate students. We are also proud to present these training opportunities to qualified prospective graduate students during our annual BME Day, which is now traditionally held the first week of November, one month after BMES conference.

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 biomed@gwu.edu or at 202-994-3740 with any questions you have, including your interest in visiting GW’s BME department.

Sincerely,
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