Fall | Graduate | 12 Units | Prereq: None.
For students interested in research at the interface of mechanical engineering, biology, and materials science. Specific emphasis lies on interfacing living systems with engineered materials and devices, and on engineering living system behavior.
Fall 2020 Update: Fully Remote Hands-On Classes - The class will be offered fully remotely to graduate students at MIT, Georgia Tech, and the University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign. Each week will feature two synchronous and recorded lectures on Tue/Thu 10:30am – 12noon and one recorded recitation/project discussions on Wed 2-3pm (respecting the holiday schedules of all three institutes). Depending on the topic of the recitation and project discussions all students or only specific project teams may attend, which will be decided on as the class and our students’ projects unfold. We also strive to be available for Zoom discussions and interactions outside of these set times as needed.
As part of our grading, students are expected to review papers and prepare at least one paper discussion, contribute with short (about 10min) in-class presentations on relevant topics and conduct a class-related collaborative term project, the scope of which is heavily dependent on the student teams’ specific interests (modeling a phenomenon in living systems, a design study or a goal-oriented literature review). For most of the four modules, students will do one homework exercise to solve relevant problems and practice important concepts.