March/April 2016

The Foundry: Scaling Up Biological Design
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Above: Depicted, from left to right: Chris Voigt, Ben Gordon, Rob Nicol. Photo by Lillie Paquette / MIT School of Engineering. Living organisms are amazing feats of engineering: By following instructions encoded entirely in DNA, living systems can sense and respond to their environment, build intricate structures ... Read more

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Sleep Quality Assessment: Challenges and Opportunities

For a long time, sleep researchers have asked why we sleep and what are the physiological and mental needs which require...

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Courage is uncommon. It is not the determination to exact revenge or to react with a fear imposed by others, but the ability to persevere on your own despite external events. It is neither denial nor is it unawareness; courage is vigilant and prudent. It is quiet but attentive.... Read more

Faculty Intellectual Property in Capstone Design Projects

Design projects are a major part of the capstone design course. By focusing on the design process and allowing students to gain hands-on experience in design, they help prepare students for careers in engineering.... Read more

Could Al-Zahrawi Be Considered a Biomedical Engineer?

Biomedical engineering history is full of hidden treasures, one of whom is Al-Zahrawi, a Muslim surgeon who had a wide reputation in Europe during the Middle Ages. Herein, besides recalling that he was a surgeon, the intent is to spotlight his talent in biomedical engineering.... Read more