GAANN Funding Gives Biomedical Engineering Doctoral Students a Boost

The U.S. Department of Education’s Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) program awarded the College of Engineering & Applied Science $1.1 million to fund eight to 12 fellowships in biomedical engineering, including biomedical and health informatics. This marks the first time UWM’s College of Engineering & Applied Science has received a GAANN award.

“This grant is critical to broadening the pipeline for biomedical engineering all across Wisconsin and the country,” says Professor Susan McRoy (Computer Engineering) and the GAANN program director.

UWM’s doctoral program in Biomedical and Health Informatics is a cutting edge academic program where innovations in healthcare delivery, clinical decision-making and biomedical research intersect. Our multi-disciplinary faculty are experts in business, engineering, health sciences, information studies, medicine, nursing and public health in partnership with the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Students achieve general proficiency in human pathophysiology, medical informatics, databases and medical ethics, and specialize in one of these six areas:

  • Knowledge-based Systems
  • Health Services Management and Policy
  • Health Information Systems
  • Medical Imaging and Instrumentation
  • Public Health Informatics
  • Translational Bioinformatics

The GAANN Fellowship is available for students in engineering, business, nursing, health sciences or information studies to pursue a PhD in biomedical engineering, including biomedical and health informatics. The program is open to US citizens and permanent residents.

For information, contact Susan McRoy at