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Engineering - Biomedical Engineering | Career Development in Bioengineering and Biotechnology

Career Development in Bioengineering and Biotechnology

Madhavan, Guruprasad, Oakley, Barbara, Kun, Luis (Eds.)

2009, XLVIII, 536p.

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  • Provides an overview of the diverse career and employment opportunities open to students and professionals in bioengineering, biotechnology, and related areas
  • Presents first-hand accounts by eminent practitioners of the technical and interpersonal competencies required to succeed
  • Addresses an area in which the number of employment opportunities is expected to increase by more than double the rates of other science and engineering fields
  • Covers opportunities, pitfalls, and future prospects for career development in each area

Bioengineering and biotechnology are exploding—the number of career opportunities is expected to increase twice as fast as for other science and engineering fields over the next decade. Bioengineers and biotechnologists have enormous potential to meet employment needs ranging from traditional careers in science and engineering through a host of alternative career pathways.

This book provides a roadmap to the broad and varied career development opportunities in bioengineering, biotechnology, and related fields. Eminent practitioners lay out career paths related to academia, industry, government and regulatory affairs, healthcare, law, marketing, entrepreneurship, and more.

Lifetimes of experience and wisdom are shared, including "war stories," strategies for success, avoidance of common pitfalls, and discussions of the authors’ personal views and motivations. Career Development in Bioengineering and Biotechnology is an indispensable guide to some of the most exciting career and professional growth opportunities in science, engineering, and beyond, and a "must read" for anyone interested in a career related to this burgeoning field.

From the Foreword by U.S. National Medal of Science Laureate and Institute Professor Robert Langer, Massachusetts Institute of Technology: "This book provides a wealth of information and should serve as an excellent resource…The editors have gone to great effort to discuss a variety of critical topics in the burgeoning areas of bioengineering and biotechnology."

From the Introduction by Dr. Bruce Alberts, President Emeritus of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and Co-chair of the InterAcademy Council: "I am very impressed with the enormous dedication and skill that created this major, highly-original contribution – I know of nothing like it."

From the Editorial by Dr. Joachim Nagel, President, International Union for Physical and Engineering Sciences in Medicine, and past president of the International Federation for Medical and Biological Engineering: "This book provides all the answers and can be highly recommended as the ultimate guide to anyone interested in bioengineering and biotechnology. The book arrives at a crucial time, and catapults bioengineering and biotechnology to the forefront of disciplines and to a rightly held pinnacle of inspiration for engineers, scientists, and technologists."

From the Afterword by Dr. Shu Chien, President, Biomedical Engineering Society and past president of the American Physiological Society and of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering: "…this is truly an outstanding book that is the first of its kind...certainly a pioneering contribution."


Praise for the Book

"Bioengineering and Biotechnology are emerging as distinct disciplines amid the biological revolution and during a period of rapid globalization. These interesting times offer us unprecedented opportunities for professional and personal growth. This book covers many important areas of opportunity, including entrepreneurship, finance, law, and education, with a global perspective. The legacy of our times will include how well we used our rapidly advancing technologies to improve the world around us. This book provides a roadmap for the contributions of Bioengineering and Biotechnology in this quest."
-James E. Moore, PhD, Texas A&M University

"This book will be essential reading for all those seeking career guidance in bioengineering and biotechnology."
-Tony Bradshaw, PhD, Director bioProcessUK - BioIndustry Association (BIA), Chairman, The Royal Academy of Engineering/BIA Life Scientists' Career Seminars

"...the topics [are] quite extensive covering definitions, core curriculum, career opportunities, including a wide range of alternative career pathways as well as social and ethical issues. The material covered is unlike any of the standard publications related to these fields of activity... [the book] can be read at different stages of one's career."
-Joseph D. Bronzino, PhD, Trinity College

"...once I started reading it, [I] could not put it down. In less than three days, I read it all, absorbing the stories and details as if I was consummed by watching a high action movie... The breath and depth of the wisdom is phenomenal, and the stories shared by the writers are moving, inspiring, and shine of intelligence in seizing one's own passion and talents and turning them into stellar professional careers."
-Nathalie Gosset, MS, MBA, Head of Marketing, Alfred Mann Institute for Biomedical Engineering, University of Southern California

"This is a functional book with immediate impact, and is very helpful to those who need and desperately want help in making a career choice."
- Jonathan Newman, Graduate Student in Biomedical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA

"This is an exciting undertaking and very well thought through and balanced. I enjoyed very much reading the chapters I have reviewed. Congratulations to all contributors and the editors of this book."
- Gudrun Zahlmann, PhD, Director of Business Development, Siemens Medical Systems, Germany

"I am very excited about this book. As a bioengineering educator, I am always looking for information that can provide guidance for students as they prepare for their careers. The contributors in this book are so enthusiastic about their careers that many of the chapters made me want to switch careers on the spot! I believe that engineering students do not receive enough guidance on alternative career paths. This book will very much help fill the void."
- Judy Cezeaux, PhD, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Western New England College, Massachusetts, USA

Content Level » Professional/practitioner

Keywords » Career development - Clinical Engineering - Joachim Nagel - Management - Professional responsibility - Robert Langer - Shu Chien - Siemens - bioengineering - biomedical engineering - biotechnology - career - education - preparation - profession

Related subjects » Biomedical Engineering - Biomedical Sciences - Biophysics & Biological Physics - Biotechnology - Engineering

Table of contents 

Preface, Guruprasad Madhavan, Barbara Oakley, Luis Kun.- Editorial, Joachim Nagel, DSc.- Foreword, Robert Langer, ScD.- Introduction, Bruce Alberts, PhD.- Part 1: Career Development in Bioengineering and Biotechnology.- What makes a Bioengineer and a Biotechnologist? Robert Linsenmeier, PhD, David Gatchell, PhD.- Bioengineering and Biotechnology: An European Perspective, Joachim Nagel, DSc.- Bioengineering and Biotechnology: An Asia-Pacific Perspective., Makoto Kikuchi, PhD, James Goh, PhD.- Employment Outlook and Motivation for Career Preparation, John Enderle, PhD.- Part 2: Traditional Careers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology.- University Research and Teaching, Nitish Thakor, PhD.- Teaching Colleges and Universities, Maria Squire, PhD.- Industry Research and Management, Mark Kroll, PhD.- Independent Research Laboratories, David Schlyer, PhD.- Public Sector Research, Development, and Regulation, Jove Graham, PhD.- Clinical Medicine and Healthcare, Leann Lesperance, MD, PhD.- Intellectual Property Law, Kenneth Sonnenfeld, PhD, JD.- Clinical Engineering, Jennifer McGill.- Entrepreneurship in Medical Device Technologies, Dany Berube, PhD.- Entrepreneurship in Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Industry, Robert Shorr, PhD, DIC.- Part 3: Innovative Alternative Careers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology: Human Implantable Technologies, Joesph Schulman, PhD.- Specialized Careers in Healthcare, Charles Kachmarik.- Finance and Investment Industry, Kristi Tange.- Regulatory Affairs, Ronald Guido and Alan McEmber.- Clinical Research Careers, Kathi Goodwin Durdon.- Science and Technology Policy, Luis Kun, PhD.- Forensic Pschology, Diana Falkenbach, PhD.- Energy, Mary Reidy, PhD.- Technology Transfer, Eugene Krentsel, PhD.- Politics and Legislation, Assemblyman David Koon.- Social Entrepreneurship, Robert Malkin, PhD.- Technology and Management Consulting, Guruprasad Madhavan.- Expert Witness and Litigation Consulting, John Webster, PhD.- Public Relations, Cynthia Isaac, PhD.- Sales and Marketing, Jason Alter, PhD.- Sports Engineering, Celeste Baine.- Writing Non-Fiction Books, Barbara Oakley, PhD.- Emerging Innovative Careers, Guruprasad Madhavan, Jennifer Flexman, PhD, Aimee Betker.- Part 4: Career Development and Success Strategies.- Holistic Engineering: The Dawn of the New Era for the Profession, Domenico Grasso, PhD, David Martinelli, PhD.- On Searching for New Genes: A 21st Century DNA for Higher Education, Rick Symre.- Protean Professionalism and Career Development, Steven Kerno, Jr.- Leadership and Social Artistery, Jean Houston, PhD.- Life Management Skills for Career and Success, Bala Prasanna.- Perspectives on Ethical Development : Reflections from Life and Profession, Jerry Collins, PhD.- Part 5: Growth and Responsibilities Beyond the Profession.- Technology Development and Citizen Engagement, Joseph Otieno Malo, PhD.- In Defense of Science and Technology, Elizabeth Whelan, ScD.- Science, Ethics, and Human Destiny, John Polyani, PhD, Nobel Laureate.- Motives, Ethics, and Responsibility in Research and Technology Development, Subrata Saha, PhD, Pamela Saha, MD.- Science and Technology Policy for Social Development, Semahat Demir, PhD.- Medicine and Health Safety, Richard Baird, PhD, Roderic Pettigrew, PhD, MD.- Patient Safety: Building a Triangle of Importance, T.K. Partha Sarathy, MD.- Design of Appropriate Medical Technologies: Engineering Social Responsibility and Awareness, Nigel Lovell, PhD.- Ubiquitous Healthcare: A Fundamental Right in the Civilized World, Pradeep Ray, PhD, Dhanjoo Gista, PhD.- Towards Affordable and Accessible Healthcare Systems, Xiaofei Teng, PhD, Y.T. Zhang, PhD.- From War to Law Via Science, John Polyani, PhD, Nobel Laureate.- Science and Technology for Sustainable Well-Being, Rajendra Pachauri, PhD.- Nonviolence for Technocrats, Arun Gandhi, PhD.- Humanistic Science and Technology for a Hunger-Free World, M.S. Swaminathan, PhD.- Environmental Consciousness and Sustainable Engineering Design, Raghav Narayan, PhD, Ashbindu Singh, PhD.- Improving Public Health Quality Through Effective Use of Technology, Yunkap Kwankam, PhD, Andre Issakov, PhD.- Information Sharing in the 21st Century, Vinton Cerf, PhD.- Energy Efficiency and Sustainability in the 21st century, John Holdren, PhD.- Health and Human Rights: A Global Mandate, Sarah Hall Gueldner, RN, DSN.- Gender Equality: Progress and Challenges, Yunfeng Wu, Yachao Zhou, Metin Akay, PhD.- Complexity: Mastering the Interdependence of Biology, Engineering, and Health, Yaneer Bar Yam, PhD.- Enhancing Humanity, Raymond Tallis, D.Litt.- Translational Research, Gail Baura, PhD.- Research Paving the Way for Diagnostics and Therapeutics, .- The Power of Inter-disciplinary Collaboration, Joaquin Azpiroz-Leehan, PhD.- Accelerating Innovation in the 21st Century, Ralph Wyndrum, PhD.- Benign Applications of Knowledge Through Evolutionary Theory, David Sloan Wilson, PhD.- Honor Thy Profession, Max Valentinuzzi, PhD.- Technical Leadership: An International Imperative, Colonel Barry Shoop, PhD.- The Art of Achieving the Menschhood, Guy Kawasaki, PhD.- Questions for Individual Leadership Development, Revered John Maxwell, PhD.- Afterword, Shu Chien, MD, PhD.-

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