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At the UW, Bioengineering is not Engineering

I kept hoping that Bioengineering would get better. It hasn’t.

If you are interested in doing bioengineering and you plan to attend the University of Washington, I suggest that you avoid the Bioengineering Department. Instead, pursue a real engineering degree* and then employ those skills towards a biological or medical project towards the end of your studies. This can be done by taking one of the many joint courses with Bioengineering, or by choosing a capstone project that lets you become involved in the field you are really interested in.

The problem with Bioengineering here is not that it is useless (It may be; I really don’t know). Rather, the problem is that it is not engineering. As an example, Bioengineering 481 is the class where soon-to-be-senior bioengineers are supposed to come up with their capstone projects. Almost every student in that class who already has a capstone project figured out (I am not one) basically reformulated a research project into a design project. The result isn’t really engineering. Its just trickily worded scientific research.

Now, I’m all for scientific research, but it is not engineering. The department’s new focus on “design” is due to the upcoming ABET accreditation. I can only imagine that unless the ABET representatives pull some serious wool over their eyes, they will see right through the many “design” projects that are really research in disguise and choose not to accredit the school.

Thank goodness for my second degree.

* real engineering degrees at the University of Washington:
– Computer Engineering
– Electrical Engineering
– Chemical Engineering
– Aeronautical Engineering
– Civil Engineering

A Tale of Two Games

I recently attended two Seattle Mariners baseball games at Safeco field. On Sunday, Jonathan invited me along with some tickets he got from his boss to watch the Mariners play the Texas Rangers. It was a beautiful day and a fun game. The Mariners won on prolific offense. I took lots of pictures and consumed much bad-for-me food. I had a great time.

Last night, I went to a game against the Twins with Christine. The weather was cold; it began to rain during the game. It was night so pictures didn’t work out so well. I didn’t have a jacket. I wasn’t comfortable for most of the game. The M’s lost badly. I felt a little sick from some food I ate right before the game. Basically, everything sucked, and I didn’t have a very good time.

The end.

Seventh Grade

was the last time I cried.

Washington to Ban Handheld Cell Phones While Driving

Chip… Chip… Chip away at our rights, until none are left.

Frisbee Unfantastic

I played Frisbee this morning, starting around 11:00 (it actually started at 10, but I had a late night). I had one really incredible catch, but I couldn’t seem to throw it right at all. Hopefully things will be back in order by Monday for the men’s game we have then.

In other news, I want the NBA playoffs to start.

Gmail Beta Woes

I guess this is why Gmail is still Beta… I just got this and a few of my friends have as well, and we definitely have not been doing any weird stuff with our Gmail accounts… anyone else running into this recently?

Gmail by Google

Lockdown in sector 6!

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This is likely due to the use of a third party software tool with Gmail.

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