Facts and Stats

Academic Programs

Research Translation

  • 1,025 reported inventions
  • 2.065 patents filed
  • 561 patents issued
  • 166 active licenses
  • 47 startup companies resulting from faculty and student research
  • UW Bioengineering has often ranked 1st or 2nd among UW departments in reporting inventions. (source: UW Comotion)


  • 52 active core teaching and research faculty
  • 46 adjunct faculty
  • 43 affiliate faculty
  • 38 senior fellows, visiting scholars, and visiting scientists
  • Over $1.2M new funding awarded per tenured/tenure track faculty member
  • Our faculty consistently receive prestigious awards and recognition by the scientific community. Learn more about awards received by UW Bioengineering faculty.

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.

Launching Careers

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.

Crossing Boundaries

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.