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Industry Partners Program

Jeff Conroy, founder and CEO of Embody, Inc. with Mark Van Dyke, associate professor in biomedical engineering and mechanics at Virginia Tech
Jeff Conroy, founder and CEO of Embody, Inc. visited Virginia Tech to participate in the department's seminar series. He is pictured here with Mark Van Dyke, former associate professor in biomedical engineering and mechanics. Photo credit Laura McWhinney of Virginia Tech.

The Industry Partners Program (IPP) seeks to foster collaboration between the Department of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics (BEAM) and companies, not-for-profits, and government. There is no fee for participating, and BEAM offers a number of ways in which your organization can collaborate with us. If you are interested in any of the opportunities described below, please contact Claudia Rodriguez-McGill, assistant director of alumni and external relations, or Vincent Wang, director of the industry partners program.

Co-op and Internship Programs

One of our primary programs is focused on undergraduate student experiential learning. Second-year students enroll in a spring course, co-developed with our Industry Partners, to learn valuable work-place skills that are carried forward into a summer employment opportunity. A matching process places top students into jobs lasting eight to ten weeks (the terms can be negotiated).

Biomedical engineering and mechanics students in Industry Partner guest lecture
Industry Partner guest lecture for biomedical engineering and mechanics students. Photo credit Spencer Roberts of Virginia Tech.

Advisory Groups

Several advisory groups help guide program development in BEAM.  An academic advisory group helps create experiential learning content for BEAM undergraduate students.  Participation of industry partner members is voluntary. 

Speakers Bureau

Our students love to hear from professionals in industry!  The speakers bureau provides a venue for scientists and engineers to share their professional journey, educational pathway, and real-world work experiences.  Travel support is provided by BEAM and speakers typically spend one overnight at our beautiful Blacksburg campus.  A full itinerary usually involves a one-hour lecture to undergraduate and graduate students, meetings with faculty, as well as opportunities to informally interact and network.  Volunteers should expect that they may be called upon to visit campus once in a two to three year period.

EG-Gilero guest lecturer fall 2019
Kristin Benokraitis of Gilero delivers a guest lecture for students in biomedical engineering and mechanics. Spencer Roberts for Virginia Tech.

Grants Program

State and federal grant programs are well-suited to fund companies' ideas and endeavors through programs such as the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs.  Many BEAM faculty participate in such programs, writing and reviewing grants for the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Institutes and Health (NIH), the Department of Defense (DoD), and other agencies.  Industry partner program members can partner with BEAM, and across Virginia Tech, to find faculty collaborators with subject matter expertise, testing and research capabilities, and other resources.  

Gifts to BEAM

We appreciate support of our department and programs through a variety of methods. We could not do what we do here without that support. Your gift -- however small or large -- can make a difference. We have more information available here. If you would like to support us financially, please contact us. Arrangements can be made with BEAM to sponsor students, faculty, projects, or a research lab, among others. We thank you, in advance, for your generous support.

Student in Granata Lab
STRETCH lab student doing experiment