Our body is a little bit like a machine: our bones form a robust structure, which is moved by muscles. Our digestive system is in charge of taking up energy from food and the blood stream delivers it to where it is needed. We even have a very sophisticated waste management system, and all of this machinery is controlled by a central computer: our brain.
Biomedical engineers apply their design and problem solving skills to biology and medicine to improve healthcare. Some of the most well-known biomedical applications are micro-implants, complex equipment to look inside our bodies or robotic artificial body parts.
In the Health Zone, you will meet an engineer who provides doctors with smartphones and tablets to help them monitor patients, one who supports the manufacturing of a flu vaccine and one who develops new sports equipment to help athletes run faster and jump higher. There is also an engineer who is trying to dry blood so it can be stored without a fridge, and someone who takes videos inside your gut to uncover diseases before it’s too late.