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Graduate Professionalization

Faculty affiliated with the Graduate Program strives to create an inspiring and intellectually challenging research environment while providing a stimulating classroom atmosphere. These efforts are complemented by programmatic offerings aim to prepare our students for their post-graduate professional careers in science and engineering.

A select list of seminars and workshops include:

The Science of Communication: Ability to communicate through written and oral formats is vital to success of individuals and companies alike. In this workshop students learn the fundamentals of effective communication, 5 pillars of communication, the role of sender, message, channel, receiver and feedback in communication, barriers of communication and how to deal with communication barriers.

Scientific Writing: Public and formal professional dissemination of knowledge require written communication.  This example-based workshop aims to streamline the scientific writing process to train students in all aspects of written communication in Science. Topics of study include, but not limited to: organising ideas in written form, coherence in content, a concise review of English grammar and sentence structure for Scientists, avoiding writer’s block, scheduling the writing process, importance of editing-re-editing-and-editing again.

Research Ethics: Most Bionics research is focused on living organisms and require its researchers to pay utmost attention to the ethical considerations.  To promote ethics in research and train students on ethical issues surrounding research involving living entities this discussion-based seminar is organised annually.

Intellectual Property: For most countries innovation is the only sustainable economical resource and countries’ progress in fundamental and applied sciences is at the core of their innovative power. Research in Bionics has a unique advantage to promote innovation and consumer welfare. Therefore training the next generation innovative scientist/engineers necessarily requires educating them in intellectual property rights, procedural steps for promotion of truly unique research findings into high-quality patents. This workshop introduces all aspects of intellectual property and its protection.

Commercialisation: Research findings, know-how, novel technologies and patented intellectual property can all be commercialised, however business development requires critical analysis of assets, market(s), potential partners,  and growth opportunities among others. In this workshop students are taught fundamentals of business development and commercialisation with a particular emphasis on market research, commercial sector partner search, transfer of patents or knowledge to private sector, partnership and strategic cooperation with companies, and launching a spin-off company.

Diversity in Education: A central tenet of our curriculum is the diversity in its educational focus.  In addition to the structured but flexible course work and the programmatic offerings in the form of extracurricular seminars and workshops, students also receive diverse hands-on research experience.  During the first two semesters of the program students undertake two applied research projects relevant to their course work in the current academic year. Combined with the Master’s thesis conducted over the first summer in the program these opportunities allow students to gain diverse research experience in Bionics but not necessarily in the research topic that will constitute the doctoral research thesis.