Turning Off Genes With The Flick Of A Switch
What happens if you can switch human genes off and on? Jim Collins, a College of Engineering biomedical engineering professor and a University professor, applied dynamical systems theory to the workings of physiological systems to answer that important question for medical research. Collins is also the codirector of BU's Center for BioDynamics, and his laboratory there, the Applied Biodynamics Laboratory, has developed the world's first genetic toggle switch to find out.
Autonomous Robotics and Hybrid Controls
Assistant Professor Calin Belta (Mechanical Engineering) and his research team discuss autonomous robotics, control theory and hybrid systems.
It Really is Rocket Science (Part 1 of 4)
During the summer, while many college students went to the beach, a few dozen BU engineering students headed off to space. More than 60 undergraduates are currently designing and building BU's entry in the University Nanosatellite Program, a competition sponsored by the U.S. Air Force.
First up is College of Engineering undergraduate Kyle Winters, who is pulling double duty as a member of two subsystem teams. One group is building the solar arrays that will power the satellite. The other will create the project's required educational component, a curriculum to teach local high school students how to build a satellite's thermal probe.
It Really is Rocket Science (Part 2 of 4)
In this installment of "It Really is Rocket Science", College of Engineering undergraduate Jeanette Hancock, part of the team working on the satellite's "attitude" control system (i.e., keeping the craft and its various instruments properly oriented as it orbits Earth), talks about the project.
It Really is Rocket Science (Part 3 of 4)
In this installment of "It Really is Rocket Science", we check in with Fabio Malangone (ENG), who is working with the ground support equipment team. Its task: to inspect, test, calibrate, adjust, and repair every system that will come together in the nanosatellite. Once the satellite is built, it will be crammed with delicate instrumentation and will weigh more than 100 pounds. Malangone's team will also be responsible for moving the craft from place to place.
It Really is Rocket Science (Part 4 of 4)
In this installment of "It Really is Rocket Science", the countdown to liftoff for a satellite built by Boston University undergraduates begins. Officials from the Air Force visited BU for an all-day "critical design review" of the University's entry in the University Nanosatellite Program, a project that began in early 2007 and will finish, the students hope, at the tip of a rocket.