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Testimonials from Georgia Tech's BioEngineering Graduate Students

Mar 29, 2012 | Atlanta, GA

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The word is out. Hear what the current BioEngineering graduate students are saying about why they chose the program and what their favorite part of the program is.

The Georgia Tech Interdisciplinary Bioengineering Graduate Program was established in 1992. Over 170 students have graduated from the program in a broad spectrum of research by our 90 participating faculty from the Colleges of Engineering, Computing, Sciences, and Architecture as well as Emory University School of Medicine.

The BioE Program is interdisciplinary in that it is not a standalone academic unit like most departments or schools at Georgia Tech. Rather, 8 different academic units from the Colleges of Engineering and Computing make up the program.



Why did you choose the BioE program?

"I have always been interested in interdisciplinary research with an immediate impact on the well being of others. The BioE program provides me with an ideal platform to pursue my interest in problem solving while not limiting myself to a particular discipline." - Timothy Kassis, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering

"You have more choice in classes and could take more real engineering courses." - Adrian Lam, Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering

"Flexible classes, more interesting classes. Ability to work with professor outside of BME." - Apoorva Kalasuramath, George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering

"I needed the BioE Program's course flexibility to match my interdisciplinary research focus. My research does not fit into one specific discipline, and the BioE Program allowed me to create the graduate experience I wanted mixing ME, BME, APPH, and BIO courses and having a committee members from each of these disciplines." - Julia Henkels, George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering

"I really liked the fact that we are able to choose an advisor from multiple departments. I also liked the fact that the coursework was not restricted to specific classes, but could be tailored to our research areas." - Rachel Simmons, School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

"The BioEngineering program enabled me to have a solid education in the classical engineering disciplines while allowing me to apply those concepts in my medical research." - Jonathan Suever, Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering What has been your favorite part of the BioEngineering Program?

What has been your favorite part of the BioEngineering Program?

"The interdisciplinary nature of the program where I am continuously challenged. My project involves various areas of the basic sciences in addition to various engineering disciplines. The people in the program are also very accepting and collaboration seems to be a central pivot of the program. There is no shortage of people working together across labs both officially and unofficially." - Timothy Kassis, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering

"Access to a large number of faculty and picking my own classes." - Ivan Caceres, Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering

"I like the coursework requirements and the flexibility I had in selecting an advisor." - Ashley Allen, Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering "You get to work with the best in science and engineering, no matter which background you come from." - Rich Hammett, Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering

"The faculty and my fellow BioEs have made this experience for me. My PhD committee has been an invaluable support to my research, and my fellow BioEs have been with me all the way to commiserate, celebrate, or lend a hand. It's a great community. The people here want to be here, and they want to help you succeed." - Julia Henkels, George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering

"I think my favorite part has ended up being the very collaborative nature of the BioE program. I feel that I more readily have access to people that do not necessarily have the same background as I do." - Rachel Simmons, School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

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