University of Washington Department of Bioengineering
UW Bioengineering was founded as the UW Center for Bioengineering by Dr. Robert Rushmer in 1967. Dr. Rushmer was initially known for many biomedical inventions, including the first treadmills for cardiac testing, the hemodialysis shunt, and Doppler ultrasound instruments.
With the Center for Bioengineering, Dr. Rushmer aimed to develop a joint research enterprise of the UW College of Engineering and UW School of Medicine to study the cardiovascular system.
As its research foci expanded, the Center received the ability to grant PhD degrees in 1984. Undergraduate courses were added in 1985. The Center became the Department of Bioengineering in 1997.
The UW Bioengineering bachelor’s degree program was approved in 2000; the bachelor’s degree program was accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) in 2008 (retroactive to 2006).
In 2006, the department moved into the new William H. Foege Building, a 265,000 sq. ft. research facility adjacent to Seattle’s Portage Bay that includes offices, laboratories, and support facilities.