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January 2021 Newsletter

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From the department head: A new year

The year 2020 is finally over! We hope that you are weathering these times in good health and spirit. As the world went haywire in 2020, Virginia Tech and our BEAM department got down to business delivering our renowned instruction and advancing our world-class research, albeit in different modes than usual. Our successes are due to the faculty and staff’s commitment to our goals for students and research. Enclosed we share some recent accomplishments and achievements.

Please visit our website and other materials to find even more of what the department is engaged in. We have created many video tours of our academic programs, research labs, and student successes. Your questions and input are also always welcomed.

We look forward to a new and improved 2021! Our best to you and your loved ones.

Go Hokies!

Jennifer S. Wayne

Professor and Department Head, Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics



Anne Sta

Biomedical engineering and mechanics faculty receive NSF grant to study oxygen delivery in insects. Read more

Biomedical engineering majors work in a lab

Socially distant cell growth: biomedical engineering experiential learning during a pandemic. Read more

BEAM professors stand in the lab of Eli Vlaisavljevich

Researcher receives NIH grant to study noninvasive treatment for metastatic breast tumors. Read more

Graduate student works in the labs of mechanical engineering and biomedical engineering and mechanics

Shocking the cellular world: Engineers’ collaborative work discovers force signature of cells undergoing electroporation. Read more

Jenny Munson wears a mask as she sits in her lab coat, in her lab

Tracking fluid flow in tumors, tissues drives new Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC scientist. Read more

Zerin Khan works in a lab with her lab coat

Doctoral student receives NSERC award to study innovative brain cancer treatment. Read more

Congratulations! Engineering Mechanics graduate fellowships 2020-2021

Please join us in congratulating the following students for being selected as recipients of the Engineering Mechanics graduate fellowships for the 2020-21 academic year. These students represent the impressive achievements and service of our students in areas of leadership, scholarly excellence, teaching, community service, and research.

Daniel and Frances Frederick Fellowship
Hyunggon Park (advisor: Boreyko)

Liviu Librescu Memorial Fellowship
Nick Corbin (advisor: Tarazaga)
Justin Kim (advisor: Batra)
Vamsi Chandra Meesala (advisor: Shahab)
Lisha Yuan (advisor: Batra)

Manuel Stein Fellowship
Vamsi Chandra Meesala (advisor: Shahab)


Two pictures of Victor Stewart, alumni of BEAM

'It’s science and creativity': Alumnus Victor Stewart is half-NASA engineer, half-YouTube chef. Read more

Join BEAM's Industry Partner Program (IPP)

Are you ready to help us prepare the next generation of biomedical engineers? Virginia Tech's new undergraduate program is seeking professional and industry mentors and sponsors for the following areas:

  • Academic advisory group members
  • Industry Speakers Bureau appointments
  • Senior design project sponsors
  • Co-op and internship position providers
  • Collaborative research projects with faculty and students

Please contact Claudia Rodriguez at and visit BEAM's IPP page for more information.

Keep in touch

We love to hear from our alumni! Contact Claudia Rodriguez, assistant director of alumni and external relations, for more ways to get involved with the department.

To better stay connected, review and update your information.

Gifts help our students

  • $50 can provide glassware for an experiment.
  • $100 can provide lab coats for five students.
  • $250 covers the student registration fee for a national conference.
  • $1000 funds one hands-on lab experience.


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