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.
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.
In class 2.788 (Mechanical Engineering and Design of Living Systems) students explore how mechanics, structure, and materials intersect with biological systems by studying butterflies at every stage of their metamorphosis.