Michael '17 here, giving you the latest scoop on one of the most engaging, phenomenal (and possibly my personal favorite) topics on campus: Bio:E! Our first chance to declare a major is coming up soon(ish), and I'll be as quick to declare mine as I was to accept Olin's offer: Engineering with Bioengineering.
But before I tell you all the amazing things you can do as a bioengineer at Olin, a note to the Candidates of 2014: You got this! Only a few
millenia days left. Try not to stress out too much (pot telling the kettle), and no matter what happens, you're going to be great! And if you'd enjoy a particularly interesting acceptance story, allow me to redirect you to fellow blogger William Saulnier's post from this time last year. (My path was much more straightforward, with a lot of jumping up and down and general excitement.)
And now, a return to our regularly scheduled programming. Despite being a bit smaller than some of Olin's other programs, our Bioengineering track (affectionately termed Squish:E, among other program nicknames such as Spark:E, Soft:E, Rust:E/Crank:E, Des:E...) has a lot going on.
Aside from working with some really fantastic students and faculty (which I'm sure you can find in all areas of Olin studies), being a Bio:E at Olin offers a few more specific perks:
- Research! While all sorts of research is available at Olin, the Bio:E area is especially plentiful. When looking at the summer packet, I was elated about how many Bio:E's (or students doing bio-flavored research) will be at Olin this summer. And even as a first-year, research is never hard to find. Interested in microbial systems? Talk to Professor Jean Huang, who does research in microbial diversity and photosynthetic bacteria. Cancer and immunology? Professor Joanne Pratt is researching growth and functional programs of white blood cells. Tissue or cellular engineering? Professor Alisha Sarang-Sieminski specializes in cell mechanics and tissue engineering.
- The field itself! Bioengineering is absolutely exploding, and its current potential is limitless. According to the BLS, Biomedical Engineering is the fastest growing engineering field, and are so many incredible discoveries being made and applications being found. From prosthetics to petroleum-replacements to pharmaceuticals, doors are open in every direction.
- Courses! Between Olin, Wellesley, and Babson, there is a plethora of amazing biology and bioengineering courses that you can pick to suit your interests. A few of Olin's offerings: Tissue Engineering, Microbial Diversity, Emerging Technologies in Cancer Research and Treatment, and Structural Biomaterials. Plus, the additional benefit of avoiding most course registration competition.
Whether or not you've been swayed...
I hope I've at least convinced you to give E:Bio a glance, and see if it works for you. And ultimately that's what everything at Olin is about: finding your fit, and blazing a trail right down the intersection of your passions and where the world needs you.
And again, 2014 Candidates: Envelope big or small, USPS or UPS, you've made it this far and I'm fully confident in your ability to change the world for the better. Go out there and rock it!
~Michael, c/o '17