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January 2022 Newsletter

Photo of Raffaella De Vita on a stool in her lab

From the Department Head

Preparing our January newsletter is a favorite of mine as it spurs us to look at the accomplishments of Virginia Tech’s Department of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics during the past year while looking forward to the coming year.

BEAM’s broad expertise in biomedical engineering, foundational mechanics, and sciences guides how we approach our academic programs, research, teaching, and service to solve significant health and technological challenges. We pursue cutting edge research and strategic partnerships, and educate students to think critically, and ethical innovators and leaders.

Jennifer Wayne, Pat and Nancy Artis, and Dean Julie Ross stand in the new lab space for biomedical engineering students



Alumnus Lai and Dillard, BEAM professor, stand by a fuel cell car of General Motors

Alumnus Yeh-Hung Lai ‘94 turned to adhesive and sealant science professor David Dillard, his former research mentor in biomedical engineering and mechanics, and the skills he built as a graduate student at Virginia Tech to solve problems in the field.

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.

Gifts help our students

  • $10 provides the academic cell engineering lab with two safety goggles.
  • $50 can provide small supplies for an experiment.
  • $100 can provide 3D printing materials for new student designs.
  • $250 covers the student registration fee for a national conference.
  • $1,000 funds a hands-on lab experience.