About UW Bioengineering
Facts and Stats
- Undergraduate enrollment: 177
- Bachelor’s degrees awarded (2013): 49
- Graduate enrollment: 176
- Master’s degrees awarded (2013): 31
- Doctoral degrees awarded (2013): 23
- Undergraduate and graduate programs consistently ranked highly amongst the nation’s biomedical engineering programs by US News and World Report
- 44 active core teaching and research faculty
- 10 joint faculty
- 45 adjunct faculty
- 46 affiliate faculty
- 49 senior fellows, visiting scholars, and visiting scientists
- 1116 patents filed
- 323 patents issued
- 3 copyrighted software
- 31 active licenses
- 646 reported inventions
- 28 existing startup companies resulting from faculty and student research
- In FY13 no UW department reported more inventions than Bioengineering. (source: UW C4C)
Mission, Values, and Vision
Every day UW Bioengineering invents the future of medicine. We bridge the traditional disciplines of medicine and engineering to drive health care forward for those in remote parts of the world and here at home. Students, scientists, engineers, and physicians come together here to develop innovative and cost-effective approaches to improve health care. Our interdisciplinary teams collaborate in a wide range of areas, from biomedical imaging to biomaterials, and from diagnostic tools to targeted drug delivery.
UW Bioengineering’s academic programs are consistently ranked among the top biomedical engineering programs in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. Students get direct experience working with faculty, conducting research that leads to new discoveries, treatments, and tools. Graduates pursue diverse careers and leadership roles in industry, academia, and medicine. Our partnership with UW’s medical school and proximity to Seattle’s growing global health community help prepare our students to translate research into bedside technology.
UW Bioengineering naturally evolved from partnerships between engineering and medicine. Today, our faculty and students continually reach across traditional boundaries in education and research. The interdisciplinary scope of our research spans five overarching themes: regenerative medicine and biomaterials, molecular and cellular engineering, imaging and image-guided therapy, technology to improve access to health care, and systems and synthetic biology.
The Power of Invention
UW Bioengineering is a recognized leader in using education and research to encourage biomedical invention. Our students study commercialization with faculty who have taken their research from academia to industry and they challenge other student to local and national contests of innovation, invention and business plan creation. Our faculty and alumni have launched numerous successful startup companies and regularly license technology to industry partners, fueling our economy and transforming lives.