Biomedical Engineering is a unique field in how amazingly different it is to everybody. I feel like it indisputably has the greatest variety of career options and possible educational extensions (medical school, a masters in mechanical, electrical, or industrial and systems engineering, Ph. D, and a lot more).
I’ll give you my experiences here. If you want a second opinion – check out Gordy, Claire, and Soumya‘s upcoming or recent blogs about their view on Biomedical Engineering. After graduation, I plan to get my masters in either BME or industrial and systems engineering, then get a job in the biomedical industry (which doesn’t narrow much down, since it’s a HUGE industry). Check out my post about the job hunt!
I am a Biomedical (Electrical) Engineer – which basically means I take all the classes of the biomedical engineers and most of the freshman-junior year classes of electrical engineers. In exchange, I get to drop a semester or Organic Chemistry, so it’s a double win! I’ve taken classes from biomedical computer simulations, biomedical imaging, and biostatistics to digital logic, computer architecture, and programming.
So far I have really enjoyed my classes and I love how diverse they are. Each new class I take opens my eyes to new opportunities in BME!
Right now I am pursuing both internships and research for the summer. I am excited to interview with three different companies next week – two biomedical companies and a consulting firm – and I’ve applied to do research with the NIH, research on specific applications of biomedical engineering in space, and research with a Viterbi partner institution in Beijing. As you can see, I have a lot of options on the table, so I’m super excited to start choosing.
PS: I know I promised to write about the second half of Eweek today, but I figured I should probably post about my major this week and then come back to tell you about Eweek and Viterbi ball at the same time next Thursday!