Ying-Ja Chen
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  • Ashley U

    Added Thursday, April 13, 2017 at 8:59 PM

    I am currently a high school senior and have been accepted UCI under biomedical engineering. It is something I am interested in but I worry I will not be capable of "building" and "creating." I've never built or created anything and I'm not sure I will be good at it. Any advice?
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    Ying-Ja Chen, Pronutria
    Answered Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 9:09 PM
    I don't think you need to be worried before you try it out. Honestly, I have never built or created anything when I was in high school, either. All I knew was that I liked math and biology more than social science and language. They taught us many ...
  • Carli, Prince Frederick

    Added Monday, April 4, 2016 at 10:13 PM

    Hi! I am currently a graduating high school senior and I am making my decision on the college I want to attend. One of my top schools has biomedical engineering, but the other one doesn't. If I went to the second school, then I would study biochemistry or mechanical engineering. Is one degree more favorable than the others.?
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    Ying-Ja Chen, Pronutria
    Answered Monday, April 4, 2016 at 10:13 PM

    Hi,

    In my experience, it is a bit easier for engineers who already have the math training to step into learning biology and become a biomedical engineer. Mechanical engineering prepares you to design devices as an engineer in industry, whereas ...

  • Raquel, Valparaiso, Indiana

    Added Tuesday, November 17, 2015 at 8:59 PM

    Hi, I'm currently a freshman undergrad student at Valparaiso Univerity and am studying Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Biomedical Engineering. I seen on here that an application of biomedical engineering is coming up with treatments for cancer that have less side effects..Can I do that with just my major and minor? Or would I have to be premed or go to med school?? Also, my current plan is to go into biomechanics and build mechanical prosthetics..am I currently on the right path? Would I ...
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    Ying-Ja Chen, Pronutria
    Answered Tuesday, November 17, 2015 at 8:59 PM

     In my view, you are on the right track. Coming up with treatments for cancer or building prosthetics can be tackled from several angles. A biomechanics focus allows you to study how cancer cells respond to mechanical stimuli differently from normal ...

  • Emily, Amarillo

    Added Monday, December 1, 2014 at 6:21 PM

    Hello! I am interested in becoming a biomedical engineer! I have always loved science, but math not as much. I am an A+ student so it's never a problem but math just doesn't come as easily to me. Should I ne wary of this as I pursue biomedical engineering? Will not liking math set me back and potentially lead me to not liking my job? Also, as a sophomore in high school what are good classes to take (besides the obvious math and science ones) to help me attain a degree in biomedical engineering? ...
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    Ying-Ja Chen, Pronutria
    Answered Monday, December 1, 2014 at 6:21 PM
    Math is a tool for studying and understanding science. In engineering, we often need to calculate things to better understand the science of a phenomena or design. In college, many of the courses will involve math. However, once you start working, the ...
  • Annika, Ohio

    Added Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 8:46 AM

    Do chemical emgineers geneticly modify food? If the answer is no, then what kind of engineers do?
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    Ying-Ja Chen, Pronutria
    Answered Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 8:46 AM

    Chemical engineers, biological engineers, plant biologists, agricultural biologists, microbiologists, and food scientists are some of the many disciplines that may work on genetically modified food. However, that's not all that they do. If this is a ...

  • Brittney, Dallas, TX

    Added Friday, March 30, 2012 at 7:47 AM

    Hi, I am currently a junior in college and am pursuing a degree is psychology and I am struggling between Pre-Med or doing engineering. I love math and I took the Johnson O' Connor, which is a very expensive aptitude and occupation test, and they told me to focus on medicine or engineering. The only thing is that I'm a HUGE people person, I'm very social and I love talking and communication, which is why becoming a doctor is idea, but I have no want to learn biology; I would love to study math. ...
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    Ying-Ja Chen, Pronutria
    Answered Friday, March 30, 2012 at 7:47 AM

    An engineering degree provides you with the basic training in a technical field. It doesn't mean you will always go on to be an engineer that only faces machines all day. I see the engineering degree as a ticket to the technical world in the highly ...

  • Yasmene, North Dakota asked Ying-Ja Chen, Pronutria

    Added Thursday, March 29, 2012 at 4:03 AM

    What does it take ti become a biomedical engineer? What go colleges are there for biomedical enginering? How long will it take to become one? Where are the best placec to work at when you get out of college?
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    Ying-Ja Chen, Pronutria
    Answered Thursday, March 29, 2012 at 4:03 AM
    A good biomedical engineer should be interested in solving biological or medical problems. Some people think of new prosthesis devices or therapeutic delivery agents as examples, but you should not limit yourself to what you have seen. You are only ...
  • Erica

    Added Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 7:55 AM

    Hi, My name is Erica. I'm a senior in highschool and am still unsure of what degree I want to go into. I am good in math and am partly interested in nanotechnology. What field would nanotechnology be placed in in engineering? Does every field in engineering involve math? Were you ever unsure of what you enjoyed so as to pick your major? If you have any advice for me I'd love to hear it! :) Thanks so much, Erica
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    Ying-Ja Chen, Pronutria
    Answered Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 7:55 AM
    Nanotechnology is a interdisciplinary field. Scientists and Engineers in physics, chemistry, material science, mechanical, electrical, chemical, and biomedical engineering are working together in this field. Some schools, such as UCSD are starting ...