Virginia Tech, founded as a land-grant institution in 1872, is currently ranked as a Top 30 Public University by US News & World Report and a Top 50 Public Research University by the National Science Foundation. The Virginia Tech College of Engineering is currently ranked #13 (#7 among public schools) by US News & World Report. BEAM is an interdisciplinary department with faculty having broad interests spanning engineering, science, mathematics, and medicine. It offers BS, MS, and PhD degrees in biomedical engineering and in engineering mechanics, and currently has 24 tenure-track faculty members and nearly 200 graduate students. The department and related School for Biomedical Engineering and Sciences (SBES) combines the strengths of the Virginia Tech College of Engineering, the Wake Forest University School of Medicine, the Virginia Tech Carilion (VTC) Fralin Biomedical Research Institute, the Virginia Tech Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science (ICTAS), the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI), and the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. Further information can be found at www.beam.vt.edu.