Three-Week Summer Engineering Program
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Twice Named “Top Biomedical Engineering Program for High School Teens”
This multiple award-winning program covers the fundamental biological knowledge necessary to develop medical technologies and devices. Students go over biochemistry, materials chemistry, and scientific reasoning. Students work with DNA via extraction and transformation into bacteria, as well as practice 3D design and 3D printing. Teens discuss current breakthroughs in, and also ethics and societal implications of, biophysics, biotechnology, and biomedical engineering.
This is a competitive admissions summer research program designed for teens. Residential students at the Longwood Medical Area must be rising tenth graders or above.
Note: this page represents our best expectations for the program we will deliver, but is subject to change. We will update this page as new information becomes available.
Applications will open for Summer 2024 on November 1, 2023.
Session 1: June 24th – July 12th, 2024 | Olin/Wellesley, MA
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Student research groups designed and 3D printed their own prosthetic devices. Students also studied and researched treatments for glaucoma. They proposed a roadside test to determine THC intoxication. Teens also designed a device to deliver insulin to type-I diabetics in a discreet way (via an Apple-watch-like insulin pump), and explored ways to design bioplastics for patients who need straws in straw-free locales.
In a final group project, students researched a medical, human need, and proposed a technology to address that need. In addition to this, teens designed an experiment demonstrating that a claim of their technology works. The project culminated in a class presentation.
In 2019, students went on tours of Step Ahead Prosthetics–a leader in prosthetic treatment and design–as well as Boston University’s Biomedical Engineering Department.
Students have also visited The Karp Lab where they studied modern bio-engineering and regenerative medicines.
NOTE: COVID will impact field trips. We cannot guarantee any given field trip will run as in past years or at all.
Instructor: Dr. Sakthikumar Ambady
Dr. Ambady earned his PhD in Molecular Genetics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. While a student, he won the Snoeyenbos Award for Excellence in Graduate Scholarship Research. He completed his postdoc at UMass before working as a scientist in advanced cell technology and a researcher at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Dr. Ambady is now a professor at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, where he focuses on gene mapping, stem cell biology, and regenerative medicine.
Instructor: Erik Schiferle
Erik is completing his PhD in Materials Science and Engineering at Boston University. He previously completed both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Materials Science from BU. He currently teaches Introduction to Materials Science and Engineering and Electrical, Optical, and Magnetic Properties of Materials. Additionally, Erik worked at the world famous Mass General Hospital for four years studying cancer immunology.
‘Our projects were hands on and collaborative so we got to learn how to work together on a variety of engineering design challenges. Jeremiah and Jen both pushed us to think creatively to solve our own problems rather than telling us the answers right away. They gave us helpful advice and were willing to give up their extra time to help anyone who wanted it.’
‘Each lecture and lab helped me understand a new subject. Jeremiah and Jen were both amazing and committed teachers that put in extra time and effort.’
‘I loved the group project. Jeremiah had an enthusiasm that lit up the room.’
‘The program taught me a lot about biomedical engineering and also a lot about science in general. Jeremiah was also a terrific teacher and the content was great.’
‘This program was really fun and engaging. BME is great to learn about gene editing, mechanical implants and much more. Jeremiah is extremely qualified and taught a lot. I really liked how Jeremiah was teaching us so that we could learn a lot while not just giving us answers.’
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