5kamm - BE.010 Spring 2005 Session #5 notes Bioengineering...

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BE.010 Spring 2005 Session #5 notes Bioengineering in Mechanical Engineering Outline of this session: - overview of the Mechanical Engineering (ME) major and its undergraduate requirements at MIT - discussion of the positions in industry available to Mechanical Engineers - a sampling of current research activities in the department - description of some of the biological engineering classes at MIT Introduction Roger D. Kamm is a professor of Mechanical Engineering and Biological Engineering at MIT. His current research involves biomedical fluid dynamics and solid mechanics. Kamm describes most of his projects as “a blend of experiment, theory and numerical analysis.” (from MIT faculty website) Overview of the ME Major The traditional ME curriculum (course 2) consists of the core required subjects, mostly taught by the ME faculty, two restricted electives, and four unrestricted electives, mostly taken during the student’s junior and senior years. The 2a program allows more flexibility within the program by substituting some of the required ME subjects with other classes. Students in course 2a can choose between Biotrack and the Energy Conversion Engineering track. Shown in this slide are the substitutes made for Biotrack. As you can see, organic chemistry, biochemistry, and biological engineering classes replace many of the second level ME classes. Some students in course 2 can easily minor in Biomedical Engineering since some of the medical engineering electives overlap with the ME restricted elective requirements. This spectrum shows the overlap between the school of engineering and the school of science, in this case representing mostly biology and chemistry. Finally, students majoring in the pure sciences such as biology are not much exposed to the school of engineering. The traditional ME major is founded on engineering. Course 2a brings the student in greater contact with biology and biological engineering. The proposed Biological Engineering (BE) major further acquaints the student with the life sciences. Job Opportunities for Mechanical Engineers
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