How do X-ray images help reveal insects’ physiological responses to gravity?

Image of a Melonaplus grasshopper. Photo by Jake Socha of Virginia Tech
Image of a Melonaplus grasshopper. Photo by Jake Socha of Virginia Tech

Two Programs, One Vision

The Virginia Tech Department of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics (BEAM) combines fundamental and applied mechanics with biomedical science in a unique multidisciplinary interface. Together we tackle the world's most pressing engineering problems with a focus on applications that improve the quality of life. 

Areas of Study

Biomedical Engineering

It's consistently one of the  fastest growing degree tracks, and our program offers unique, world-renowned opportunities for research as well as academic study. From biomechanics to translational cancer research, we offer a variety of pathways to students.

Engineering Science and Mechanics

Engineering science and mechanics provides a strong foundation in engineering theory and application that bridges many areas of the discipline. Upon graduation, our alumni find a wide range of options available to them in both industry and academia.

Leaders in the Lab, Classroom, and Beyond

Engineering science and mechanics undergraduates in the Engineering Analysis of Physiologic Systems course use an electrocardiogram (EKG) prototype to check out their own heartbeats! This technology uses electrodes placed on the body to measure the heart’s patterns of electrical activity. Chris Arena, a BEAM collegiate assistant professor and an expert on the cardiovascular system, led the activity as a guest presenter. Find more of the videos about BEAM here.

Come Study With Us

With a focus on high-impact educational practices, BEAM students in both graduate and undergraduate programs have access to a variety of hands-on learning experiences. Opportunities include research alongside program faculty, access to internships, and a focus on entrepreneurial practices – among others.  

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