Industry + academia + management

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. 

Alumni spotlight: Michele Waters

This summer Michele Waters became Virginia Tech’s first African-American female to graduate with a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering. She talks about her work with underrepresented minority groups as well as her future plans, research interests, and the support she received from the Virginia Tech community during her time on campus.

Michele is now moving on to NYU Langone Health, where she'll be a postdoctoral researcher.

Meet our BEAM alumni

      • Patrick Thayer

        "The networks I have developed at Virginia Tech have also continued through ongoing collaborations. The availability of resources from both Virginia Tech and Wake Forest have allowed me opportunities to learn additional topics beyond the bioengineering degree program that I use every day."

      • Alexandra Hyler

        “My Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from the Virginia Tech – Wake Forest School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences provided me with diverse opportunities and experiences, including a Fulbright year to Denmark, serving fellow graduate students, and investigating cancer progression.”

      • Mike Fisher

        "I‘m a product development leader for medical devices. My BEAM education experience provided the engineering finesse to approach complex problems, reduce them to manageable terms, and use data to justify design and testing decisions."

      • Daniel Surinach

        “The ability to conduct high-level research at an undergraduate level really complimented the analytical concepts that were covered in class, and granted students the opportunity to apply themselves in areas of novel research."

Keep in touch!

We love to hear from our BEAM alumni! If you're in the Blacksburg area, please drop by for a visit, or plan to attend one of our BEAM alumni functions. Contact Claudia Rodriguez, BEAM alumni and external relations coordinator for more ways to get involved with the department.