Marjolein van der Meulen
Marjolein C van der Meulen
James M & Marsha McCormick Director of Biomedical Engineering, Cornell University
Ithaca, NY
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  • Aisha, Lagos University Teaching Hospital/ lagos- Nigeria asked Marjolein van der Meulen, Cornell University

    Added Saturday, April 2, 2016 at 4:00 PM

    Hello there! I am a medical graduate from Nigeria. I recently applied for a masters in Biomedical Engineering but I was not accepted for several reasons I guess. Some of which includes an application to top notch schools like John Hopkins (because they have clinical based biomedical engineering program) and I have zero to no experience in biomedical engineering, because nothing of such is done in my country. Now, my question is that I would like to apply this year but I would like to find out ...
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  • Vivian, Orlando

    Added Saturday, January 2, 2016 at 2:52 AM

    I recently saw a post questioning engineering careers that involve animals. I was wondering what type of engineer would be involved in creating replacement joints (or hip replacement? I think was in the answer to the question) for animals? And what other work could a type of engineer do with animals?
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    Marjolein van der Meulen, Cornell University
    Answered Saturday, January 2, 2016 at 2:52 AM

    Vivian:

    Biomedical engineers, mechanical engineers and materials engineers (or materials science and engineering majors) are all types of engineers who could be involved in creating joint replacements for orthopedics. Working in this area provides ...

  • Jamie, Akron

    Added Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at 5:01 PM

    I am looking into going to school for bio engineering, a couple of the colleges have a requirement that you get a Bachelor's in either chemical, mechanical or electronic engineering. I am having a hard time deciding. My question is how exactly would each of those engineering fields contribute to bio engineering. I want to better understand for when I make a final decision.
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    Marjolein van der Meulen, Cornell University
    Answered Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at 5:01 PM

    Jamie: 

    Virtually every engineering field can be applied to biological or medical questions, including not only chemical, electrical and mechanical engineering but also materials science and other engineering specialties.  My own training is ...

  • Jackie, San Luis Obispo asked Marjolein van der Meulen, Cornell University

    Added Sunday, June 15, 2014 at 6:04 PM

    Dear Professor Meulen, I earned my BS in Public Health, and spent a year in medical school. I did very well academically, but decided medicine was not my desired path. I spent time researching new career paths that would allow me to creatively solve medical problems in cost efficient, scalable ways, and decided biomedical engineering would allow me the skill-set to do just that. At this time, I am getting ready to start a Biomedical Engineering Masters program this fall, but will need to ...
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    Marjolein van der Meulen, Cornell University
    Answered Sunday, June 15, 2014 at 6:04 PM

    Jackie: 

    Wow, tough question, and I don't have a good answer for you.  The subjects you list (Statics, Dynamics, Fluid Mechanics and Strength of Materials) together form much of the core of the undergraduate mechanical engineering major and ...

  • Bona, Fullerton, CA

    Added Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 11:12 PM

    Hi! I'm currently a sophomore in high school. Ever since I participated in Science Olympiad in middle school, I was interested in engineering. When I entered high school, I realized I really liked bio and math. So, I was wondering... would biomedical engineering be right for me? How can you tell?! Also, what is a good project to add to college apps pertaining to engineering?! Thank you so much!
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    Marjolein van der Meulen, Cornell University
    Answered Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 11:12 PM

    Bona: 

    I'm glad to hear that you enjoy both biology and math, and are also interested in engineering.  That certainly suggests that biomedical engineering might be a good career choice since it combines all three.  Take a look through the ...

  • Basma, London

    Added Monday, April 22, 2013 at 7:03 AM

    Hi i am a female and i am very very interested in biomedical engineering. However i heard that the course is very male dominated and i would be so comfortable in an all male environment. Is this true? or is that just a stereotype for all engineering courses? And thank you in advance :)
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    Marjolein van der Meulen, Cornell University
    Answered Monday, April 22, 2013 at 7:03 AM

    Basma:

    First of all, I am very happy to hear that you are interested in biomedical engineering! It's a great field, but then I may be a little biased since it's what I do.

    Second, to address your question about whether biomedical engineering is very ...

  • Faith, ohio asked Marjolein van der Meulen, Cornell University

    Added Thursday, March 29, 2012 at 7:40 AM

    I am a high shool junior considering becoming a biomedical engineer i enjoy math and science and also medical related classes and information. However i dont want to be a doctor so biomedical engineering seems like a good career. At my high school there is an engineering program that four periods of the day and covers math, science and english and also 4 different engineering technologies, CAD, electronics, manufacturing,and polymers. So i joined this program, got in, and then attended the ...
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    Marjolein van der Meulen, Cornell University
    Answered Thursday, March 29, 2012 at 7:40 AM
    Faith: First of all, I'm really happy that biomedical engineering interests you, since it's what I do and I love it! One of the interesting aspects of biomedical engineering is that nearly every traditional engineering discipline can be applied to ...
  • Elyssa, Waco, TX

    Added Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 9:28 AM

    The allure of engineering is the fact that I may be able to improve the lives of many people with one single development. I am concerned, however, that I will not be able to have a direct and personal level of interaction with those I help,which is why I am torn between going to medical school or graduate school for engineering. Maybe this is a belief I hold due to my ignorance about the day-to-day life in the engineering occupation, but I hope that someone may help me understand more about ...
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    Marjolein van der Meulen, Cornell University
    Answered Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 9:28 AM
    Working in biomedical engineering, the decision to continue ones studies in graduate school or apply to medical school frequently arises. From your question, it is not clear to me whether you are considering majoring in engineering or already an ...