the advent of significant fundamental advances
in biosciences, increasing number of products,
particularly therapeutic biologics are manufactured
using biological agents such as cells and bacteria.
New applications of genetic engineering in
many industrial segments are reported at an
rate due to applications of DNA microarray
technology. Consequently, a larger number of
tomorrow would need to be familiar with the
fundamental precepts of biosciences and genetic
applications. The central idea in the Engineering
Biotechnology course aimed at junior and senior
students of engineering is to treat within
a single course all significant scientific
engineering issues that encompass converting
genes, the starting material, to a final product
that is manufactured for the market place.
In our view, it is important to tell the whole
in a single course with sufficient depth so
that the relevancy and significance of the
area of biotechnology can be communicated effectively.
Traditionally the concepts covered in Engineering
Biotechnology course would be developed over
many courses, biochemistry, cell biology or cell
physiology, genetic engineering, biotransport
phenomena, bioprocess engineering and unit operations.
Although the current course does not cover the
same material to the depth possible in the traditional
courses, it does provide an engineering student
with an important overview, and equip him with
tools to pursue further study in biotechnology.
The course builds upon the biological and engineering
principles introduced in the freshman course
called, Chemical and Biological Foundations of
Engineering. Because the material is organized
on a topic relevancy basis and the style of instruction
is 'lateral' rather than 'pyramidal,' the biological
principles and engineering science cane commingled
to provide a more complete picture.