Dr. Jeff Karp
Harvard Medical School
Thu, 11/05/2015 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Integrative Learning Center, Rm S331 6:30pm sharp
Refreshments preceding event, Rm N255 6pm
The UMass Amherst iCons (Integrative Concentration in Science) Program welcomes Professor Jeff Karp, a leading biomedical engineer from Harvard Medical School, who will lead an interactive workshop in the format of an iCons case study on bio-inspired tissue adhesives. UMass iCons students come from 25 different majors in science and engineering, and join the iCons Program only after a highly-selective admissions process. The iCons students will tackle a problem introduced by Dr. Karp: the problem of developing new, synthetic materials to facilitate healing after surgery. During the workshop, iCons students will work in teams to design potential solutions that are inspired by real systems in nature. Dr. Karp will work with student teams to identify the pros and cons of student-designed solutions, and then will share his research breakthroughs on bio-inspired tissue adhesives. This unique iCons format, which prepares students to be industry-ready and forward-thinking with outstanding skills in teamwork, cross-disciplinary communication, and innovation, is now starting to be replicated by other institutions of higher education across the country.