Future Milwaukee entrepaunerial activity seeds: “MSOE to open biomolecular engineering program”

This sounds cool!

The Milwaukee School of Engineering next fall will launch a degree program in biomolecular engineering – the first bachelor’s program of its kind in Wisconsin – thanks to a $6 million gift from philanthropists Robert and Patricia Kern and their daughters.

“We’re very excited about the program,” MSOE President Hermann Viets said. “Our aim is to produce people that are eminently employable within their first four years or can choose to go to graduate school. Clearly, there’s a demand (for graduates) already and there’s no production.”

Biomolecular engineers develop new products, processes and techniques and provide solutions for medical, food, environmental and technical problems. They can find jobs in clinical settings, hospitals, government, research, industry, agriculture, engineering and management.

As part of the new program, MSOE is hiring six faculty members in the next five years and creating several new laboratories and a cell culture facility to be constructed by the 2009-’10 academic year. The 2,600-student private school expects to enroll 30 students in the program.

Biomolecular engineering is related to both biomedical and chemical engineering. While biomedical engineers work on a human scale – with such devices as defibrillators, prosthetics or pacemakers – biomolecular engineers work on a molecular scale, perhaps using an injection to transfer molecules into a cell structure to treat human illnesses, Viets said.

Several schools in Wisconsin, including MSOE, the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Marquette University, have bachelor’s programs in biomedical engineering. But MSOE appears to be the first in the state to offer a biomolecular engineering bachelor’s degree.

The Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) is a nifty specialty engineering schools with Bachelor’s and Master’s programs in downtown Milwaukee. I have worked with many graduates of the schools and used to get my Interns from there almost exclusively.

I hope the seeds sprout into small business start-ups and increased medical technology business activity.

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