Discover Bioengineering (All-Gender)

This camp runs July 21st – 28th, 2019

Discover Bioengineering is a week-long residential camp that introduces rising freshman and sophomores (those graduating in 2022 or 2023) to the field of Bioengineering. Bioengineering is all about modeling of systems, design of new technologies and devices for low cost, effective medical care. Bioengineers study and understand how complex biological systems work and how to design and construct medical devices, design better therapeutics, and solve big problems facing society. Here are some of the exciting topics campers will discover:

• Cell and Tissue Engineering
• Biomechanics and Prosthetics
• Imaging and Sensing
• Therapeutics Engineering
• Computational and Systems Biology

These topics were covered through lectures, hands-on activities and team projects. Some hands-on activities and projects that campers were involved in included:

• Cell culture of mammalian cells
• Motion capture biomechanics
• Analysis of biomimetic materials
• Creating genetic models
• Building biomedical instrumentation

Marcia Pool, Ph.D., is a Teaching Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Programs in the Department of Bioengineering at UIUC. Pool has a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering, and in her career, she has been active in improving undergraduate education including developing laboratories to enhance experimental design skills and mentoring and guiding student teams through the capstone design and a translational course following capstone design. In her Teaching Associate Professor role, she teaches/co-teaches up to five courses a semester ranging from freshman-junior courses and supervises Graduate Teaching Assistants and undergraduate graders associated with the courses. In her Director role, she works closely with the Department Head, Associate Head for Undergraduate Programs, and the Undergraduate Programs Coordinator (for which she is a functional supervisor) to manage the undergraduate program including: developing course offering plan, developing teaching assignments, chairing the undergraduate curriculum committee, reviewing and approving course articulations for study abroad, and serving as Chief Advisor, representing the department at the college level meetings. In addition to these duties, she also chairs the admissions committee for Bioengineering and guides the team in review of freshman applications. Pool is also engaged with college recruiting and outreach; she coordinates three summer experiences for high school students visiting Bioengineering and co-coordinates a week-long Bioengineering summer camp. Pool has worked with the Cancer Scholars Program since its inception and has assisted in events for researcHStart. She has served on numerous hiring committees, the College of Engineering Safety Committee, and the department’s Teaching Evaluation and Improvement Committee. Most recently, Pool was selected to be an Education Innovation Fellow (EIF) for the Academy for Excellence in Engineering Education (AE3) at UIUC. At the national level, she served as the Executive Director of the biomedical engineering honor society, Alpha Eta Mu Beta, from 2011-2017, and is an ABET evaluator (2018-present).

Karin Jensen is a Teaching Assistant Professor in bioengineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  Before joining UIUC she completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Sanofi Oncology in Cambridge, MA.  She earned a bachelor’s degree in biological engineering from Cornell University and a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from the University of Virginia.




Registration opens January 15th, 2019