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​Biomedical Engineering

Biomedical engineers have a tremendous impact on the lives of people around the world, developing lifesaving cures and improving quality of life. Studying biomedical engineering allows students the opportunity to learn the principles of engineering and biology to solve problems at molecular to whole-body levels.

Undergraduate students have numerous opportunities to participate with faculty on research, both in the Engineering school and at the School of Medicine. Those opportunities are ideal experiences if you are interested in getting a head start on cutting-edge research.

It isn’t science fiction — it’s engineering. One of your projects could be a helmet design for reducing impact to the brain, using a 3-D printer to create a low-cost pink prosthetic arm for a young girl, walking through a famous landmark that is 3,000 miles away, using chemistry to turn bacteria into a fuel alterative, programming drones to ensure accuracy and safety, or using new image techniques to detect cancer in earlier stages.

“WashU makes sure that every student has the support to find opportunities for research. There is a truly collaborative environment, not only between the students, but among the faculty and community.” - Ananya, Class of 2017

Hometown: St. Louis, Missouri

Major: Biomedical Engineering

Minors: Global Health and Environment, Mechanical Engineering

Extracurricular: WashU Guatemala Initiative, James McKelvey Undergraduate Research Scholar


Grand Challenge: Engineer Better Medicines

With help from experts around the world, the National Academy of Engineering identified “Grand Challenges for Engineering” in the 21st century. From access to clean water and renewable energy sources to better medicine and a safer Internet, WashU engineers are committed to addressing them.