The Catholic University of America

Bridging the gap between medicine and engineering

Biomedical engineering is a truly unique and interdisciplinary field, combining aspects of mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, computer science, biology, chemistry, mathematics, and physics.

Our program teaches graduates to apply core engineering principles to solve contemporary biomedical problems. Offering degrees at the bachelor's, master's, and doctoral levels, we offer students educational opportunities to meet their current and future career goals.

Washington DC is a hotbed of biomedical engineering research with world renown institutions such as the National Institutes of Health and the Food & Drug Administration in our backyard.

News and Announcements

Congratulations to our 2017 graduates (click for details)!

BMES student chapter working with the Brother's Brother Foundation to repair medical equipment for hospitals in 3rd world countries.  Ultrasound device recently repaired and sent to hospital in Haiti! 

Patrick Lee, BE PhD student, wins $800 first prize in the DCCEAS graduate student paper competition.

Senior Ben Rahimi awarded prestigious NIST summer research fellowship (SURF) for this summer.  He will work with Drs. Raub and Luo and collaborators Diane Bienek and Gili Kaufman at the American Dental Association Foundation's Volpe Research Center.

Journal of Neurophysiology tweets on recent article co-authored by Drs. Lee and Lum of Biomedical Engineering.

Congratulations to our 2016-2017 Nagel Scholars.  They each received a $3000 scholarship for academic excellence, made possible by the generous support of the Nagel Foundation.

Dr. Lum awarded NIH grant ($416,306): "Home therapy for upper limb stroke rehabilitation using the HandSOME exoskeleton"

Biomedical Engineering students project appear on ABC 7 news. How a CUA student project could help prevent concussions

Dr. Kukke and a team of BE juniors win 3rd place ($2,500) in the Parker Hannifin Stretch Your Mind Engineering Challenge for their "Hands Up" entry. 

Congratulations to Tyler Zimmerman for being awarded the 2016 Scullen Award for the graduating senior with the highest GPA in the School of Engineering!

Congratulations to Ruby Huynh.  Her paper was selected as the best paper in the graduate category for the 2016 DCCEAS Annual Paper Competition.

Congratulations to the 2015-2016 Nagel Foundation scholars Tyler Zimmerman, Frances Tosto and Benjamin Pesante.  Each student will receive a scholarship of $3,000 to offset tuition costs.

Sophomore Ashley Santamarina has been accepted to the prestigious NIH Summer Internship Program for 2016.

Juniors Allison Fasano and Kathleen Mary O'Brien start internship at the Biomedical Engineering and Instrumentation Division of the Children's National Health System.

Drs. Raub and Kukke lead 6 BE undergrads during an all expenses paid, 3-day summer workshop in Coral Gables, FL. sponsored by the BMES Coulter College Program.  Read more about it.

Three CUA students attend the annual BMES meeting with Dr. Raub.  Read more about it.

Tyler Zimmerman interns in the prestigious Summer Internship Program at NIH with Dr. Mark Hallet.  He won the “Exceptional Summer Student Honorable Mention” from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) for his Poster Day presentation

Congratulations to Dr. Otto Wilson on winning the following awards:

  • The Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Regional Grant in the amount of $20,000 for the proposal "STREAM Primary Source Inquiry to Cultivate Excellence in Education by Design (SPICED) K-8 Teacher Professional Development".
  • A $100,000 grant in the Teacher Quality Improvement Grant program from the US Department of Education and OSSE for the proposal "PIQUED Curiosity Professional Development".

Biomedical Engineering receives a $250,000 donation from the Nagel Foundation to establish an endowment to support undergraduate scholarships.

BE students featured in an article on Women in Engineering

Congratulations to Dr. Sang Wook Lee on the announcement of an NSF CAREER Award

Congratulations to the 2014 - 2015 Nagel Scholars

Biomedical engineering students awarded top prize for the 2014 District of Columbia Council of Engineering and Architectural Societies (DCCEAS) annual paper competition:

Dr. Lee recieves 2013 Delsy Prize.

Dr. Peter Lum awarded NIH R15 award entitled: Robot therapy for rehabilitation of hand movement after stroke. Start date of 9/15/2013.


 Spotlight on 2017 Graduates

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Contact Information

The Catholic University of America
Dept of Biomedical Engineering
620 Michigan Ave, NE
Rm 131 Pangborn Hall
Washington, DC 20064

Tel: 202-319-5181
Fax: 202-319-4287