What makes a Bioengineer and a Biotechnologist?

  • Robert A. Linsenmeier
  • David W. Gatchell
Part of the Series in Biomedical Engineering book series (BIOMENG)

Bioengineering and biotechnology are broad fields with many career options across industry, academia, government, and alternative sectors. Work in these areas offers outstanding possibilities for contributing directly to human health and social welfare. This chapter examines careers in bioengineering and biotechnology, and the educational preparation necessary for those careers. The “bio”-related terminology is somewhat confusing, and we will first try to provide some clarification. As we will explain, our focus is on biomedical engineering and on biological engineering, two of the engineering specializations that prepare individuals for employment in biotechnology, rather than on training in the sciences of biology and chemistry, which are also required in the biotechnology industry.

Characteristics that lead to career success in bioengineering and biotechnology are in some respects very clear, and in other respects cannot be specified in detail. Finding the best way to prepare...


Biological Engineer Biomedical Engineering Engineering Program Biological Engineering Professional Skill 
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We thank Joan A.W. Linsenmeier for useful feedback. This work was supported primarily by the Engineering Research Centers program of the National Science Foundation under grant EEC-9876363.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert A. Linsenmeier
    • 1
  • David W. Gatchell
    • 2
  1. 1.Biomedical Engineering Department and Department of Neurobiology and PhysiologyNorthwestern UniversityEvanstonUSA
  2. 2.Pritzker Institute of Biomedical Science and Engineering and Biomedical Engineering DepartmentIllinois Institute of TechnologyChicagoUSA

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