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BioE Summer Immersion

For High School Students

Launch the Future of Human Health

July 30, 2017 - August 12, 2017

Don’t just dream it,
do it — this summer!

Ready to roll up your sleeves and work with the latest technologies in bioengineering?

BioE Summer Immersion is an intensive, experiential, and project-based program for talented high school students who want to deepen their understanding of bioengineering and build a toolbox of technical skills to set themselves apart from your peers and gain an edge in the college admissions process.

Over the course of two weeks, students will learn the basics of bioengineering and engineering design principles from our world-renowned research faculty while working on cutting-edge projects, such as 3D printing artificial implants.

BioE Summer Immersion will include visits from professionals in biotech, pharmaceutical, healthcare, and other bioengineering fields as well as site visits to companies and hospitals to see first-hand how new technologies are being used and to learn about the many career paths in the field.

Students will live and study on Northeastern’s vibrant campus, located near the heart of downtown Boston. Weekends will include fun and exciting activities in the Boston area, such as taking in a ballgame at Fenway Park.

Summer Program Overview

Students accepted into the program will gain a comprehensive understanding of the field of bioengineering – from basic principles to final product design and marketing.

Students will learn
The Fundamentals

The basics of bioengineering and engineering design principles.

Industry Software

How to use the latest in computational and biodesign software (including CAD and MATLAB) to create models of human anatomy from medical image data.

Lab Techniques

Fundamental lab techniques for bio-based design, such as cell culturing for tissue engineering.

Real-World Process

The design, analysis, and prototyping process for each type of design. These include projects in 3D printing, both for artificial implants and bioprinting of cell-based structures, design and mechanical testing of bone implants, and creating circuits to measure physiological signals in humans. Project design phases will include initial needs assessments, initial and final design proposals, and fabrication of prototypes using advanced manufacturing techniques.


Engineering entrepreneurship, including developing new ideas for commercialization, creating a proposal to develop a new innovation, raising funds to pursue the idea, and finally bringing that idea to market.

Projects will be coordinated by Northeastern’s renowned research faculty and in our state-of-the-art facilities, including the new Interdisciplinary Science & Engineering Complex (ISEC).

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Application Process

Our application process is as unique as the program itself. We believe that grades and test scores, while important, only tell a part of your story. We want to get to know you beyond your application and resumé. Please use this as an opportunity to showcase your creativity, skills and interests. We are looking for candidates with a true passion for learning, asking and solving tough questions, and working outside of their comfort zones. Interest is high and seats are limited - we anticipate this program will be highly selective.

The priority deadline for BioE Summer Immersion is April 15, 2017. Applications received between April 16 and May 15, 2017 will be reviewed as space within the program allows.

About Northeastern

Northeastern is a top ranking experiential research university that prides itself on academic rigor, a diverse and talented population of students and faculty, and a powerful learning model that combines the classroom experience with hands-on work experience.

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Program tuition:
Includes housing, meals, labs, and activities

Contact Us

Contact us at (617) 373-2000 or



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Dr. Sandra J. Shefelbine

Dr. Shefelbine runs the Multi-scale Mechanics and Musculoskeletal Mechanobiology (M4) Lab. She has degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Princeton (BSE), Cambridge (MPhil), and Stanford (PhD). She completed post-doctoral research in Germany as well as at UCSF. She currently teaches mechanics and musculoskeletal biomechanics.

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Dr. Mark Niedre

Dr. Mark Niedre graduated from McMaster University with a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering Physics and he received his Ph.D. in Medical Biophysics from the University of Toronto. He then completed his post-doctoral fellowship at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Niedre’s research interests include Biomedical optics and non-invasive imaging, rare cell detection and tracking in the body, ultrafast time-domain diffuse optical imaging, image reconstruction and biomedical signal processing.

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Dr. Mike Jaeggli

Dr. Mike Jaeggli graduated from Clemson University with a Bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and a PhD in Bioengineering with emphases in tissue engineering and engineering education. His research focuses on the development of tissue-engineered, patient-specific heart valve replacements. He will be teaching students how to use 3D bioprinting to produce custom, patient-specific therapies.