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10.28/10.28L Chemical - Biological Engineering

Motivation for 10.28 Development

Rapid advances in molecular biology and recent explosion in genomics and proteomics research have created numerous opportunities for applying biology in medicine and in industries such as biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, fine chemicals and materials. At the same time, these industrial opportunities have enhanced the importance of engineers who can apply their engineering skills in the above mentioned industries. Similarly, increasing interest in the understanding and quantification of biological systems has created numerous prospects for exciting research in biotechnological and medical applications both at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

The Chemical Engineering department at MIT has been a leader in recognizing the importance of biology as fundamental science in biomedical and industrial applications. This is reflected in the strong biological emphasis of our curriculum and preeminence of our multifaceted research program. Keeping pace with recent developments, the undergraduate curriculum was revised to include a new major 10B (S.B. in Chemical-Biological Engineering) to further reflect the increasing biological focus of our educational program.

The 2006 course accommodated 3 times more students than the first course offered in 2003. In addition course 10.28L was offered in IAP-Spring 2007 to accommodate the overflow. Course 10.28 and 10.28L are identical in educational content. Course 10.28 is offered in two identical sections, while course 10.28L has only one section, and will emphasize a multi-disciplinary approach to the study of two industrial processes using bacterial or mammalian cells.

10.28/10.28L Mission

Course 10.28/10.28L will provide students with hands-on experience covering the complete bioprocess design methodology. The course will utilize concepts from a variety of fields including chemical engineering, electrical engineering, and biology towards the goal of applying rigorous engineering principles to biological problems. Students will work in teams and communication and collaboration skills will be strongly emphasized through written reports and oral presentations.

Special Announcement:
Students who pre-register for 10.28/10.28L in May will receive top priority in enrollment, for either course. See details under "Enrollment".

Last Updated: April 30, 2007