Though less well known than the four degree-granting engineering
disciplines -- chemical, civil, electrical and mechanical --
bioengineering has a place at The Albert Nerken School of Engineering.
The practice of applying engineering principles to the life sciences
happens chiefly through the Maurice Kanbar Center for Biomedical
Engineering and through the Sandholm Visiting Assistant Professor of
Biology and Bioengineering, a two-year position currently held by Prof.
Oliver Medvedik. A native of New York City, he co-founded Genspace, a
non-profit biotechnology laboratory for classroom and public use. Now
into his second semester, Prof. Medvedik has begun rounding up students
to attend iGEM, an annual, national synthetic biology competition. We
sat down with him for a chat about iGEM, Genspace, his ambitions during
his time at Cooper and why the thought of bioengineered terrorism
doesn't worry him...too much."