What is Biological Engineering?

Biological Engineering’s major focus has been on the application of chemical, physical, and mathematical sciences together with various other Engineering principles, and so members of the institution are expected to appreciate the contributions made by such fields to improve the discipline. Through such appreciation, the Engineers and Scientists will be in a good position to apply the principles of Biology, and with the tools of Engineering, they will proceed and be able to create tangible, usable, and economically viable products. The institution goes on to encourage its members to employ the expertise and knowledge from applied and pure sciences such as biomechanics, Kinetics, and heat transfer while working on their projects.

Biological Engineering as a discipline stresses the need of Engineers to copy the concepts of various biological systems so as to augment, replace, sustain, replace or predict both the mechanical and chemical processes. So this brings us to our main question, who is a Biological Engineer?

A Biological Engineer is a professional who studies biological processes and attempts to integrate them with the various engineering principles to develop sustainable solutions for a wide variety of technical problems. Biological engineers play a significant role in the biotechnology industry; they are tasked with the responsibilities of designing medical equipment, come up with efficient systems that clear up the water and air we breathe, and also tasked with the responsibility of genetically engineering bacteria to produce fuel, remove toxin, etc. The role of Biological engineers cannot be ignored, the success and future of Biotechnology lies in their hands.

Biological Engineers are involved in many professional roles within the society including jobs in the government, industry, and academia. They are heavily involved fields including bioenergy, bioprocessing, environment, food production, biomedical and genetic engineering. In all these fields the engineers are expected to incorporate both biological concepts and systems so to achieve meaningful output in the field, something which the Institute of Biological Engineering strives to ensure its members adhere to.

 

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