Bioengineering at Mason

Bioengineering is an exciting interdisciplinary field involving the application of engineering concepts and tools to solve problems in biology and medicine. The Bioengineering Department within the Volgenau School of Engineering (VSE) consists of primary as well as affiliate faculty from the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and Computer Science Department.

The mission of the Bioengineering Department is to create new knowledge and technology at the interface between engineering and bioscience to improve human health through research and education. Our undergraduate degree program is a challenging yet rewarding educational experience that is attracting excellent students. With a new PhD program which emphasizes translation and entrepreneurship, we are preparing graduates to become leaders in government, industry, or academia. Our faculty members are developing outstanding research programs while maintaining a commitment to education. Our research areas are:

  • Bioinformatics
  • Biomechanics
  • Biosensors
  • Computational biology
  • Instrumentation
  • Magnetic resonance imaging
  • Medical ultrasound
  • Microfluidics
  • Nanotechnology
  • Neuroengineering

We aim to be a nationally recognized leader in bioengineering in both research and education. We are creating partnerships with biomedical organizations in the surrounding Washington DC area to forge research collaborations and expand training and internship opportunities for our students. Our overarching goal is to advance biomedical innovation for the Commonwealth of Virginia and the Nation. Read the Welcome from the Chair of the Department.
  • JANUARY 2015 – Official Launch of the Bioengineering PhD Program
    On July 22, 2014, the State Council for Higher Education in Virginia approved the formation of the PhD degree in Bioengineering at George Mason University. The principal aim of the program is to prepare doctoral students with interdisciplinary training spanning engineering and computational concepts applied to problems in biomedicine for careers in industry and government. This flexible educational program is primarily designed to establish research expertise in the key focus areas of the department: biomedical imaging, computationally-driven biomechanics, nanotechnology, and neural engineering. In addition, students gain valuable training in translation, entrepreneurship, regulatory/economic policy, and program management to better prepare students for their future. While the Mason Bioengineering PhD program will officially launch in January 2015, Bioengineering faculty welcome inquiries from prospective students now.
  • Bioengineering Undergraduate Research Yields Impressive Opportunities
    Check out the article on the Volgenau School’s website about our outstanding students.
  • The Department of Bioengineering is introducing its second concentration Bioengineering Health Care Informatics in Fall 2014.