About BEAM


The Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics department is a unique multidisciplinary interface between fundamental mechanics, biomedical science, and real-world applications to enhance the quality of life. Our world-class faculty and students innovate and discover across a continuum of systems, from natural to engineered to medical.

We educate and inspire the next generation of outstanding engineers and scientists through strong undergraduate and graduate education programs. Our teaching emphasizes engineering fundamentals as well as specialization, and entrepreneurship.

In August of 2014, the Virginia Tech College of Engineering announced the merger of Engineering Science and Mechanics with Biomedical Engineering into a new department: Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics. More about that merger is available on the College of Engineering website.

Graduate degree tracks (both PhD and Masters) are currently available in both biomedical engineering and engineering mechanics, with an undergrad program offered in engineering science and mechanics (ESM). A full undergraduate program in biomedical engineering is planned for launch in the next few years, and currently a biomedical engineering undergrad minor is available. More information about the constituents of the merger here.

The ESM undergraduate program is consistently ranked in the top five nationally by US News and World Report among all Engineering Science / Engineering Physics programs in the US.

Department IT Resources

The department primarily utilizes two buildings on the Virginia Tech campus, each with its own IT staff.

Research Facilities

BEAM primarily utilizes the buildings of Norris Hall and Kelly Hall on Virginia Tech Campus for its programs. Lab space also extends to several other campus locations.


Volunteer Research Opportunity

VStudents from the department of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics along with Dr. Nicole Abaid are conducting a Senior Design Project titled "Controlling Crowds Through Human-Robot Interactions." The goal of this project is to study how we can use a human-robot interaction to influence the movement of a group of people. To test our study, we will be performing an interactive experiment using a mobile robot and human participants in The Cube Lab at Moss Arts Center.

We are looking for student volunteers! Students will have an opportunity to participate in university research, and gain exposure to robotics, dynamics, and motion capture analysis in a state of the art lab.