ABOUT US

Our current team is composed of 12 passionate bioengineering undergraduate students that are each as unique as the next. We are all connected through a common desire to enhance the experience of all students within the bioengineering program. Dedicated to the bioengineering experience at McGill, we try to make our small department into what we believe it to be; a close knit family of hard working students.


Our goal

The main goal of BUSS is to make the bioengineering students' experience as pleasant as possible. This is done through a multitude of BUSS' responsibilites, such as organizing and promoting social events, connecting students with companiess, facilitating student-teacher communication and course feedback, mentorship programs and providing mental health ressources.

Our events

From a student's perspective, most of what BUSS does is represented through the events we organize. We organize both social and networking events. For the social events, we offer sport activities, fun non-drinking activities and stress relieving events during midterms and finals, as well as a department banquet attended by both students and teachers each semester. As for networking events, we consistently work hard to provide students with exposure to companies. Our main networking event is a yearly conference called BioEngage which connects students with companies in the field of bioengineering. If you are interested in sponsoring BUSS or attending BioEngage to meet some students of the program, please contact us.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Bioengineering Undergraduate degree is a brand new progam at McGill. With the help of cutting edge technology, the program teaches students to apply an engineering mindset to solve current issues in biology. The field of bioengineering shows great potential for future growth, and it is only normal to ask "But what exactly IS bioengineering?". Look no further than BUSS to provide you with answers!


What exactly IS bioengineering?

The formal definition states that bioengineering integrates physical, chemical, or mathematical sciences and engineering principles for the study of biology, medicine, behaviour, or health. Put more simply, bioengineering combines the use of an engineer's problem solving abilities with a scientist's deep understanding of biology.

What are the "streams" mentioned in the bioeng. curriculum?

The streams were conceived to allow the students to streamline their studies towards subjects they found interesting. Although not as formal as a minor, it can be thought of in the same way. The stream you pick is up to your personal interests, and has no "official" academic value as it doesn't show up on your transcript upon graduation. However, depending on the stream you pick, the classes that will be offered to you are of great professional value, and will give you a glimpse into the professional future of your choosing.

What's the difference between the three streams?

Stream 1 is generally seen as the material-oriented option. It deals with tissue engineering, cell mechanics and biomaterials. Stream 2 takes an approach more similar to biochemistry, covering cellular engineering, proteomics, and biomolecular engineering. Stream 3 is more technology oriented and covers subjects such as MOEMS devices, high-througput screening and instrumentation. Biology being an integral part of all three, the streams can be respectively seen as focused more on mechanical physics (stream 1), chemistry (stream 2) and mathematics and electromagnetics (stream 3). This is one the most commonly asked questions about our program, and we strongly recommend that you contact us for a more in-depth explanation.

What is the profile of students in bioengineering?

Each student in the program is unique and different from the rest. Bioengineering students boast a surprising amount of intellectual diversity, each having their own interests, weaknesses and strengths. Overall, what we have most in common is the ability to work hard to solve problems of a scientific and engineering nature. Most students are passionate about biology but are still interested in the critical thinking that is asked of them in engineering. The program also has the highest percentage of female students, which compromise 54.5% of all the students currently enrolled.

What's a professional future in bioengineering like?

Since our program is brand new, we do not yet have the statistics about the jobs fulfilled by bioengineering graduates. However, the program naturally opens the door to jobs such as lab technician, drug production, research and consultation. As with any other degree, a continuation of the program into a Master's degree is a great option for those interested in academic research. Feel free to contact us so that we can help you get in touch with a professor to explain their type of work.

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BUSS BioEngage




Meet the team


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Maya Kenton

President

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Angela Wong

U3 Representative

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Hope Kelly

U2 Representative

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Jordan Legendre

U1 Representative

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Jeremy Rau

U0 Representative

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Lucas Hamilton-Bourezg

VP Communications

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Mustafa Fakih

VP Finance

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Jennifer Duffy

VP Administration and Engagement

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Sam Baker

VP Internal

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Tobi Olasubulumi

VP External

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Olivia Mamane

VP Academic

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Mingrui Guo

VP Mental Health and Equity

Pictures taken and edited by Raffles Zhu Photography.



Contact us

BUSS maintains its online activity mainly through the use of our Facebook page.
Each executive on the team has a respective email. Please email us and we will redirect you to the corresponding executive who will assist you.
Whether you are a company, school or project trying to get in touch with us or a student or a parent inquiring more about the program, feel free to contact us via either Facebook messenger or email, and we will get back to you quickly.