ONE-OF-A-KIND: With internationally renowned faculty, state-of-the-art research labs, and unique academic programs and opportunities that stem from our location near federal research and regulatory agencies, the Department of Biomedical Engineering offers a one-of-a-kind education that opens doors for our students.



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Dr. Murray Loew, Chair
On behalf of the Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME), I welcome you to our site and invite you to learn about the exciting academic and research activities of BME students and faculty. The culture of the BME Department is inclusive, energetic, and inviting. As you browse these pages, I believe you will find that the BME Department provides a great variety of opportunities for students at all levels to be involved with faculty and current students in coursework, research, and academic community activities.

Academics: The Department offers a Bachelor of Science degree in biomedical engineering that is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).  Coming to us from all over the world, BME students maintain an engaging community that provides numerous opportunities for career and leadership skill development as well as community outreach and involvement with BME professional societies. BME students also participate in study abroad, internships, and undergraduate research experiences.  At the graduate level, the Department offers Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degree programs in BME.  Opportunities for graduate student support are available and I recommend that prospective graduate students contact the Department office or individual BME faculty members for more information about teaching and research graduate student assistantships.

World-class research:  BME faculty conduct a wide range of biomedical research across many disciplines of engineering and medicine.  They receive prestigious research grants from the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, Department of Defense, American Heart Association, private foundations, and industry. BME graduate students, postdoctoral scientists, and undergraduate students are the essential component of the faculty’s research initiatives and are critical to the Department’s mission to train the next generation of biomedical engineers who will make a difference.

Community: GW’s location in the heart of Washington, D.C. provides BME faculty and students with a wealth of research, internship, and cultural opportunities.  The Department is located just across the street from the GW Medical School and Hospital, which provide stimulating and collaborative environments for cross-disciplinary education and research. The university also is a few blocks from the White House, Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, Smithsonian National Museums, and many other national landmarks.  We are close, physically and professionally, to numerous federal government institutions and laboratories, including the NIH, the US Patent and Trademark Office, and the FDA. Because of our location, BME students are exposed regularly to a rich variety of research and internship opportunities and scientific interactions that are not available at most other universities. 

All the BME faculty and I look forward to talking with you to discuss your interests and the many exciting opportunities that the BME department offers. Please contact us at [email protected] or at 202-994-3740.  We are eager to explore how you can join us in this dynamic and rewarding field!

Murray H. Loew, Ph.D., P.E.
Professor and Chair, Department of Biomedical Engineering
George Washington University





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