Engineering is awesome. In celebration of E-Week, I’d just like to tell you all why I like this subject so much.
First of all, I’d like to talk about some classes I’m taking. One is called Principles and Practices of Global Innovation, or iPodia. It doesn’t exactly sound like a typical engineering class, but I think it’s fascinating to learn about innovation in the world and how they affect each and every one of us on a large scale and individually. Another is BME 210, or Computations Methods in Biomedical Engineering, that I’m starting to really enjoy. We essentially use Matlab to code and solve for problems that affect humans on a molecular stage. One project involved looking at the long-term effects of nicotine exposure on ligand receptors in our cells. As more and more nicotine is introduced into someone’s system, the receptors get less activatable and effective. I don’t know, but I thought it was super cool that we got to actually form this function all on our own and learn from our own code.
Next, I had the opportunity to talk to an awesome professor about her research—she researches skeletal muscle differentiation. She usually researches cardiac tissue and seeks to examine skeletal muscle cells and their associated hormones and the residual effect on cardiac tissues. This will make huge strides in growing tissues in vivo and I am thrilled to soon be a part of her lab!
Best decision I made in college: studying engineering, and being a part of the wonderful Viterbi family. Fight on!