What is Biological Engineering?

What is Biological Engineering?

Biological engineers study biological processes and integrate them with engineering principles to develop solutions for a wide variety of technical problems. For example, biological engineers design medical devices ranging from glucose sensors to materials and structures for hip replacements, new processes which can clean our air and water, genetically engineer bacteria to produce fuel, pharmaceuticals, or remove toxins, and develop equipment which harvest and process our food. Biological engineers typically study many engineering disciplines such as mechanical, chemical and electrical engineering but also understand biology. This diverse expertise make biological engineers exceptionally valuable in todays challenging interdisciplinary world.

What do Biological Engineers do?

Biological engineers contribute to our society through many professional roles within academia, industry and government. Given the diversity of the biological engineering discipline, biological engineers find themselves working in a variety of fields including bioprocessing, bioenergy, environment, food production, genetic engineering, and biomedical, while always working toward a sustainable world.

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