To develop biohybrid solutions for global grand challenges, we must first teach the next generation of inventors to build with biological and synthetic materials in synchrony.
To target this need, I am working to establish building with (and beyond) biology as a core part of the undergraduate engineering curriculum. I helped design and teach a course at the University of Illinois focused on teaching students the process of ethically designing, building, evaluating, and optimizing bio-bots targeted at a variety of applications. This class has been translated to other institutions, such as UC Merced, and is currently being implemented in a freshman class at MIT. My goal is to empower aspiring inventors to build biohybrid solutions to the grand challenges we face as a shared global community.
Implementation at UIUC: I-STEM Feature of BioE 306: BioBots in the Classroom
Implementation at UC Merced: Students Building Living Machines Out of Engineered Tissues
Raman, R., Mitchell, M., Perez-Pinera, P., Bashir, R., and Destefano, L., 2016. Design and Integration of a Problem-Based Biofabrication Course into an Undergraduate Biomedical Engineering Curriculum. Journal of Biological Engineering, 10(1), pp.10-18.