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Students in the STRETCH Lab

Our Mission

The Department of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics at Virginia Tech is a unique multidisciplinary interface between biomedical science and real-world applications to enhance the quality of life. Our world-class faculty and students innovate and discover across a continuum of systems, from natural to engineered to medical.

We educate and inspire the next generation of outstanding engineers and scientists through strong undergraduate and graduate education programs. Our teaching emphasizes engineering fundamentals as well as specific lines of research and entrepreneurship.


The department offers a B.S. undergraduate program as well as minor in biomedical engineering (BME).

Graduate degree tracks (both Ph.D. and master's degrees) are available in a comprehensive range of graduate degrees in biomedical engineering are offered through our joint program with the Wake Forest University School of Medicine. Programs of study include Ph.D., master’s, and several graduate combination degrees. 


The Bachelor of Science program in Biomedical Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,, under the General Criteria and Program Criteria for Bioengineering and Biomedical and Similarly Named Engineering Programs.  For questions regarding accreditation and curriculum, please contact:

Sara Arena

Collegiate Associate Professor and Biomedical Engineering Undergraduate Program Chair
Virginia Tech  |  Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics (BEAM)
Collegiate Square Innovation Place (0151)
460 Turner Street, Suite 302
Blacksburg, VA 24060
540-232-8441  |