The mission of the UVA Center for Engineering in Medicine is to create the nation’s best ecosystem for generating, developing, and translating innovative ideas at the engineering-medicine interface to improve prevention, diagnosis, monitoring, and treatment of disease.
Many of the most innovative, high-impact approaches to complex medical problems facing our society are now emerging at the interface between Engineering and Medicine. UVA has critical strategic advantages in this area, including the physical proximity of the Schools of Engineering, Medicine, and Nursing and an established culture of interdisciplinary collaboration.
The University of Virginia is one of only 8 universities in the United States with top schools of Engineering and Medicine separated by less than a mile. In recent years we have built on this physical proximity to establish a joint Biomedical Engineering Department that spans the two schools, and to establish an endowed Wallace H. Coulter Translational Partners Program that fosters collaboration between Biomedical Engineers and physicians.
In 2017, we launched the Center for Engineering in Medicine with a $5 million investment from the University and another $5 million in support from the School of Engineering and Applied Science and the School of Medicine. The Center dramatically expands the scope of engineering-medicine efforts at the University of Virginia, involving more than 120 faculty from over 20 departments across the University.