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.
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
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."
Meet Our BEAM Alumni
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Together, alumnus Yeh-Hung Lai and BEAM faculty David Dillard produced novel solutions for hydrogen fuel cell technology, and allowed this collaboration to grow into a robust program for student experiential learning, empowering engineering students as next-generation industry leaders.
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What do delicious food, mechanical design engineering, and corporate advertisements have in common? Virginia Tech alumnus Victor Stewart.
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For Jeffrey Morelli, it all started with a desire to help others, which grew to a passion for health care and creating innovative technology to improve the overall quality of life. Then, when a global pandemic hit, he knew this was his moment to rise to the challenge.
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"With my ESM degree, I've been able to explore my interests in the biomedical engineering field by working in Dr. Vincent Wang's Orthopedic Mechanobiology Lab as well as work full time as a systems design engineer for some of the world's top fighter aircraft."
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) for more ways to get involved with the department.