Engineering Career Exploration: Biological Engineering
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Engineering Career Exploration: Biological Engineering

(upbeat music) – [Narrator] Biological Engineers apply engineering principles to the design of biological systems. We believe biological engineers
will play a critical role in the emerging revolution in engineering using the power of biology to
develop more sustainable ways of making food, medicine,
materials, and energy. Biological engineering has a long history in food and pharmaceutical manufacturing, but one of the new and emerging areas is cellular and biomolecular engineering, where the discoveries in molecular biology and bioinformatics are being applied to solve some of society’s
most difficult challenges in healthcare, food, energy,
and sustainable manufacturing. Biological engineers are highly sought by multiple industries
and that begins early. There is a high demand for
students who understand biology, biochemistry, engineering, and the math, to model and design these
complex and dynamic systems. Companies are competing to
have access to our students including paid internships as
early as their freshman year. For coursework, biological
engineering students take a series of core classes that examine living microbes, plants, and biomaterials as complex systems that can be engineered
to perform in novel ways. Living systems are examined
as dynamic processes that transform biomolecules, grow, and affect their environments. Students learn how to
model how cells control the flow of energy and materials
through their metabolism. Designing biological processes
that harness self-regulating and self-assembling
living cells and enzymes requires understanding
biology, biochemistry, and the mathematics to model
and predict these phenomena. In addition, students learn
to integrate these concepts with more traditional
engineering coursework such as fluid dynamics, which models how water and complex mixtures
of biomaterials behave as they flow through pipes
and processing equipment. By combining these concepts, students will learn how to
design processes that heat, cool, separate, and transform
renewable biological materials into a wide range of sustainably
manufactured products such as foods, pharmaceuticals,
biofuels, and biochemicals. Many of our biological
engineers continue on to graduate school. 99% of them are funded to study in areas like biological engineering,
bioenvironmental engineering, biotechnology, computer vision, food process engineering, food safety, metabolic engineering,
post-harvest engineering, and sensor development. Our alumni have careers
in genetic engineering, food and beverage process, bioenergy, and biopharmaceutical manufacture with both established
and new industry giants. Some biological engineering
graduates use their skillset to start their own businesses. If you want a career in an
emerging, growing industry that develops and applies
cutting edge biotechnology, or use synthetic biology
for innovative new solutions to change the world for the better, Biological Engineering
is the right place to be.

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