Support the Department of Biomedical Engineering

The UW-Madison Department of Biomedical Engineering recently received a striking gift in the form of this untitled 1986 painting by George Dergalis from his wife, UW-Madison alumna Margaret Dergalis. The painting currently hangs on the first floor of the Engineering Centers Building. Learn more about George Dergalis’ incredible life story and fascination with science.

Thank you for your continued support of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Biomedical Engineering. Support BME toward our goal of “Engineering biology to impact you: bringing the Wisconsin Idea to life though innovation.” Learn more about our initiatives and direct your generous online gift to:

General needs of
the department

BME Undergraduate
Design Courses

Graduate level
seminar series


In their own words, BME alumni describe their donations to the College of Engineering.

  • Peter Tong and the Tong Family Foundation — contributed to the Student Leadership Auditorium and founded the Tong Biomedical Engineering Design awards and Distinguished Entrepreneur Lecturer Series to encourage students to design innovative solutions and develop outstanding prototypes to solve real world challenges.
  • Gregg Vanderheiden — “To ensure that those institutions we respect will continue to be able to do what they do best.”
  • William Holmberg, Senior director of operations, Cardiovascular Division, St. Jude Medical — “To make sure that the College of Engineering remains a world-class institution.”

Support the General Needs of the Biomedical Engineering Department

The University of Wisconsin-Madison Biomedical Engineering (BME) Department general fund supports the overall mission of the department. Your generosity enables us to offer scholarships and enhance the educational experience for our students.

Donate now to the:
Biomedical Engineering Department, #12342873

Support the Biomedical Engineering Undergraduate Design Courses

The six sequential Biomedical Engineering Design Courses are a common thread in our undergraduate’s education. Because project clients are solicited from health care, local industry, life sciences, and clinical faculty, and the community, BME Design projects have the potential to significantly improve the quality of life for patients and local community members such as the disabled and the elderly. The reward and experience the students receive through accomplishing these designs and prototypes, and working directly with the individuals who benefit from them, is far greater than that of the typical classroom.
The department has received generous financial support from the Tong Family Foundation (UW-Madison alumni Peter and Janet Tong) since 2006 to help ensure the success of these design projects, reward outstanding engineering design in the Tong BME Design Awards and encourage entrepreneurship by supporting Tong Distinguished Lecture Series.

  • Support student projects geared toward rehabilitation, the community and world health in prototype fabrication
  • assist in promising design projects to continue development through follow-on funding beyond the design courses
  • promote innovative, BME undergraduate design solutions.

Donate now to the:
BME Undergraduate Design Course Fund #12347616

Support the Biomedical Engineering Graduate Seminar Series

The University of Wisconsin-Madison Biomedical Engineering (BME) Department has coordinated a weekly seminar series of leading academic and industrial researchers since 1994. These weekly seminars provide an introduction to various topics in biomedical engineering as well as in-depth discussions of recent medical, scientific or engineering breakthroughs. Seminars are attended by a diverse, multidisciplinary audience from across the UW campus including undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and staff. The series is intended to educate students about cutting edge advances in the field and provide opportunities for collaborative discussions among the speakers and audience to spark innovative research directions. Seminars are recorded and made available online through the College of Engineering Mediasite.

Donate now to the:
Biomedical Engineering Graduate Seminar Series, #12237629