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Our alumni are working in every branch of engineering — as faculty at top schools, technical staff at government labs, and senior engineers and managers in industry. 

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Alumni of our programs and Advisory Board members for BEAM in 2021 (pictured above in clockwise order): Mauro Atalla, Katrin Elbert, Mike Fisher, and Jaclyn Press

Students got to hear from our alumni during the Spring 2021 semester. These alumni (pictured above in clockwise order) are also BEAM Advisory Board members 2021. Their presentation titles:

Mauro Atalla - What do we Learn When Things Don't Go as Anticipated

Katrin Elbert - Medical Device Engineering in the Real World

Mike Fisher - The Pedicle Screw Controversy

Jaclyn Press - SBES Women in STEM Panel

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Alumni Spotlight: Dean Entrekin

Dean Entrekin (BME M.S. '04)  was the first graduate of the Virginia Tech - Wake Forest School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences (SBES) graduate program and is now the Technical Solutions Director of Orthopedics for Viant Medical.

"A lot of the coursework I took as an SBES student helped mold my professional path in biologics and synthetic biomaterials, and that’s where I really started my career in industry. My thesis work and internships helped solidify my interest in spine biologics in particular."

Read more about Dean's experiences as an SBES student and his path to industry here.

Meet Our BEAM Alumni