A Message From
Interim Department Head
Dr. David Britt
The Biological Engineering Department continues to reach new milestones, and I am as excited as ever to be a part of this amazing program. Our students, faculty, alumni, and industry partners have all played distinct and instrumental roles in our continuous endeavors to grow our research programs and build a top-level biological engineering program.
BE has over 250 students enrolled and the 2016 graduating class of 31 students was the largest to date. In 2016, we also had the distinct honor of having Cody Maughn as the valedictorian of the College and also recognized Alex Cook as a Goldwater finalist. We are very pleased to have the highest quality students in our Department! As we grow, BE will maintain our focus on applied, experiential learning throughout the curriculum and culminating in student-led capstone design and iGEM projects that continue to branch into new and exciting areas. Recent projects include coaxing neural cells to grow on spider silk scaffolds, developing platforms for plant growth in space, and reprogramming bacteria to detect viruses. With our undergraduate program on a firm trajectory we are focusing on growing our graduate program. We are having an increasing number of concurrent BS/MS students and are always looking for top Ph.D. candidates to work with our world-class faculty. Speaking of which, we are very excited to welcome Dr. Yu Huang as our newest faculty member! Check out his research pages to find out more about neural engineering, microfabrication, and nanotechnology.
As we move forward, we will continue to focus on a multidisciplinary education in the classrooms and laboratories to prepare our students for a constantly changing career landscape. To our alumni, please send an email, find us on LinkedIn, or stop by to share your stories of life-after-BE with us. To our future students, please feel free to contact us to schedule a tour of our teaching laboratories and meet our faculty and students, who can share with you their experiences and why they have chosen Biological Engineering at USU.