EQuad News: Health and engineering
Faculty and students at Princeton's School of Engineering and Applied Science seek to make technology effective in solving societal problems across the globe. The winter 2012 issue of EQuad News, the school's magazine, focuses on one area of this endeavor: health-related research.
The projects described often extend well beyond engineering and include partnerships with the Princeton Neuroscience Institute, the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics and the departments of molecular biology and psychology. The magazine also includes a Q&A with alumni who bring a variety of perspectives to bear on the coming challenges and opportunities in global health.
The complexity of these issues is a reminder of "the essential relationship between engineering and the liberal arts, and why it is vital that we build on our success in fostering teaching and research that is at once deeply grounded in fundamental scientific knowledge and highly nimble in making connections across the humanities and sciences," Dean of Engineering and Applied Science H. Vincent Poor wrote in the magazine.
With more than 20 percent of faculty members in engineering working on projects related to human health, the brief descriptions in the magazine offer just a snapshot.
Growing the school's strengths in this area will be a key focus in the coming years, Poor said. In 2010, the school changed the name of the chemical engineering department to the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering. The Hoyt Lab, which recently was vacated by the chemistry department, is being renovated to accommodate research in biological engineering. And as Princeton's Aspire campaign — a comprehensive fundraising campaign — concludes this year, raising additional funds for health-related teaching and research is a major priority for the engineering school.