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.
If you scroll through my page, you’ll see tons of posts about the Associated Students of Biomedical Engineering, the BME student club on campus (social, professional, academic activities).
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!