Welcome from the Head

Welcome to biomedical engineering and mechanics (BEAM) at Virginia Tech!

Our department combines fundamental mechanics with biomedical science in a unique multidisciplinary interface. Through collaboration and innovation, we pursue real-world applications that enhance the quality of life. BEAM faculty and students are breaking down barriers across disciplines to address complex problems that require expertise in a number of specialties.

How did we get here? In 2014, Virginia Tech biomedical engineering merged with engineering science and mechanics, a formative department within the College of Engineering and one of the first on campus, with beginnings in 1908. This distinctive combination allows us to underpin newly emerging research fields and areas of discovery with an exceptional foundation of engineering theory and practice.

BEAM's unique focus promotes a department with a supportive and entrepreneurial culture, a place where students and faculty with a variety of interests come together through impactful research. We make significant contributions to the fields of biomechanics, solid and fluid mechanics, dynamics and control, bioengineering, computational modeling, biological systems, and translational cancer research--among others.

With over 40 teaching and research faculty members, BEAM offers M.S. and Ph.D. programs in biomedical engineering as well as engineering mechanics, a B.S. program in engineering science and mechanics, and two minor programs of study. Major partners and affiliates include the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Research Institute, Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine, Institute for Critical Technologies and Applied Sciences, and Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.

As interim department head, I'm excited to lead BEAM during this period of growth and opportunity. Through our strategic initiatives to push the boundaries of effective teaching and learning, expand departmental relationships with industry, and create new spaces for interdisciplinary research, we'll continue to lead the way for positive change.


Pamela VandeVord, Ph.D.
N. Waldo Harrison Professor and Interim Department Head