What It Takes to Be a Bioengineer

Here are the skills you need in this life sciences field

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Photo: iStockphoto

Biomedical engineering is expected to be the fastest-growing job market in the United States during the next seven years, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Between 2010 and 2020, the number of biomedical engineers is projected to rise by about 62 percent.

The popularity of biomedical engineering—an area of life sciences that combines engineering techniques with biology to develop medical devices—can be seen around the world. Australia, for example, has become home to a thriving biomedical industry, with companies such as Cochlear (developer of the cochlear implant), Resmed (which makes devices to treat sleep apnea), and Ventracor (developer of artificial hearts), all in Sydney. In England, several state-of-the-art research facilities have started up, including institutes of biomedical engineering at both Imperial College London and the University of Oxford.

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The Transistor at 75

The past, present, and future of the modern world’s most important invention

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A photo of a birthday cake with 75 written on it.
Lisa Sheehan
LightGreen

Seventy-five years is a long time. It’s so long that most of us don’t remember a time before the transistor, and long enough for many engineers to have devoted entire careers to its use and development. In honor of this most important of technological achievements, this issue’s package of articles explores the transistor’s historical journey and potential future.

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