The Wake Forest University School of Medicine Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME) is a basic science program within the School of Medicine. BME is also a prominent track within the graduate school, with 45 students, nearly one fourth of the graduate school in the School of Medicine. BME has 11 primary faculty, 27 core faculty, and 14 affiliate faculty at WFU with about $20 million in research funding per year at WFUBMC.
Biomedical Engineers use engineering principles to improve human health, and speak the language of medicine and engineering. They work hand-in-hand with physicians, government agencies such as the NIH, CDC, FDA, and others, and companies in health-related fields. They develop devices, therapies, techniques and applications to benefit human health.
Virginia Tech – Wake Forest University School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences
The Department is also a member of the Virginia Tech-Wake Forest University School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences, a unique collaboration which draws from faculty, staff and students at both schools in areas such as tissue engineering, biomedical imaging, nanomedicine and nanobioengineering, biomechanics, neuroengineering, cardiovascular engineering and translational cancer research.
Overall, the program has 78 faculty and 93 students, with 14 partner centers and institutes. Many of the core faculty of BME are involved with the Comprehensive Cancer Center, the Institute for Regenerative Medicine, radiation oncology, radiology, neurosurgery, and orthopedic surgery, among others.
Helping Undergraduates Grow
As the new undergraduate engineering department develops at Wake Forest University, the Department of Biomedical Engineering is excited to become a part of the undergraduate education and liberal arts focus of Wake Forest University and to help students and research bridge connections between the School of Medicine and Wake Forest University, by participating in instruction and providing research and educational opportunities for undergraduate students.
The BME department is the recipient of a National Science Foundation supported Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) on imaging and biomechanics related applications, the IMPACT REU.