Northeastern’s College of Engineering announces the formation of a Bioengineering Department. The department will present exciting new research and learning opportunities across other colleges and disciplines for students and faculty and will leverage the healthcare and biotechnology industries’ rapid growth. --Read More--
What is Bioengineering?
Bioengineering is engineering in a biological context such as the human body, an ecosystem, or a bioreactor. In every case, the interface between engineered and biological systems place unique constraints on the design and implementation of devices, instruments or implants. These constraints depend on the properties of the biological system involved and the functionality that is being created.
The interface of engineering and medicine as embodied in Bioengineering will be one of the most exciting endeavors and greatest adventures of the 21st century. Job opportunities are expected to expand dramatically with a focus on development of entirely new classes of products, instrumentation, and implants. The impact to human health will be extraordinary.
What is the curriculum like?
Bioengineering is intrinsically multidisciplinary and it is essential that students learn the languages used by multidisciplinary teams. To that end, our undergraduate curriculum is structured around a core of 6 courses that analyze biological systems from every possible quantitative point of view. On completion of the core, students choose one of 4 concentrations, which provides the opportunity to develop a deep level of expertise in an area of great value to Bioengineering.
Students joining the Bioengineering department will have unique opportunities in the classroom, research labs, and experiential learning. The projects that they may be able to contribute to include bio-bandages that monitor bacterial growth or that help damaged ligaments heal faster; sheets of cells folded like origami to form a working kidney; and new materials that – like a leaf in the sun – automatically sense and adapt to changes in the environment. This is truly an exciting time!
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Faculty SpotlightDr. Lee MakowskiProfessor and Chair
Lee Makowski received his B.S. at Brown University in Physics, and Masters and Ph.D. at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Electrical Engineering. After doing postdoctoral research at Brandeis University in Structural Biology, he joined faculty of the College of Physician and Surgeons at Columbia University in the Biochemistry Department.