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What is bioengineering like?

What is studying bioengineering in college like? And what is it like being a biomedical engineer?

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Fotabong’s Answer

Bioengineering is very easy in college especially with a background knowledge in molecular biology and gene manipulation
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Christos’s Answer

Hi Aarushi,
I can't answer the first question since I don't have direct experience, but generally speaking you'll be studying math, physics, chemistry, biology. You'll have less depth that more traditional disciplines but more breadth. That means you'll be doing less theoretical knowledge in fundamentals of engineering but you'll be getting more exposure to less traditionally engineering classes (immunology, gene editing etc).

Your role as a biomedical engineer can be pretty broad but most likely you will work in an interdisciplinary team with other engineers to develop a biomedical product. You will split your time between hands on work (either in a laboratory or a machine shop prototyping and building) and computer work (documentation, analysis, design). The ratio of these two and the specific work will depend on your college path and subsequent career. Usually biomedical engineers are generalists so they take on roles of technical project managers, systems engineers but depending on the company need you might focus on fluidics (simulations, design, prototyping), assay development (design, build, test) or mechanical engineering.

I work as a biomedical engineer and I've given virtual short interviews about my day and the work I do in my specific role
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Robert’s Answer

Hi Aarushi,
In addition to the fine suggestions of Christos to take college STEM classes, let me also recommend taking courses that can prepare for the future of biomedical engineering. It’s likely to incorporate various fields across these 5 key areas:
• Minimally Invasive Surgery (incorporating electronics, mechanics, fluidics, optics, IT, and more)
• Robotics (integrating electronics, mechanics, fluidics, optics, IT, and more)
• Artificial Intelligence (involving IT, Deep Learning Platforms, Robotic Process Automation, Text Analytics, Natural Language Processing, and more)
• Advanced Imaging Technology (combining electronics, mechanics, optics, radiation, applied & quantum physics, and more)
• Innovative Sensors (similar to robotics, with additional input from electro-chemical and electro-optical engineering fields)
Being a biomed engineer has been truly gratifying for me. It’s a fast-paced field that covers a vast array of specialties and is constantly advancing, thanks to the combined efforts of both medical and engineering professionals. You can pick specialties from research, product design & development, manufacturing engineering, quality control, customer support, and in-the-field maintenance and repair. Chose one that makes you happy, or find another if you feelings change. All the best to you!
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