Chair’s message

FletcherConnections: Bioengineering + The World

Being part of a field that lies at the intersection of other disciplines—biology, engineering, chemistry, physics—bioengineers know better than most that our work is all about connections. Patients to doctors, home to hospital, lab to clinic, students to jobs, academia to industry.

At Berkeley, we work a lot with connections. Our department’s global health diagnostics efforts bring the healthcare technology of big cities into the countryside and the developing world, and our senior capstone design class connects students with real-life clinical problems that need solutions. Recent faculty discussions have sparked new collaborations within our department, and a town hall meeting of faculty and undergraduates has forged stronger relationships and better communication.

Lately we have been looking beyond the campus and thinking about how stronger outside connections can enrich the lives and work of our students, faculty, and alumni. Discussions with our colleagues at other universities are helping us build a curriculum that keeps up with the rapidly advancing field of bioengineering. Partnerships with local industry are providing hands-on training and career opportunities for students. Meetings with friends and donors are inspiring new goals and helping us achieve them. Close relationships with alumni are providing career guidance for current students, and inspiring us all to continue making a positive impact on the world.

These human connections are a renewed priority for us in the coming years, and we hope you’ll join us in planning a bright future together.

Thank you, and Go Bears!

Daniel A. Fletcher
Department Chair, Bioengineering
Purnendu Chatterjee Chair in Engineering Biological Systems