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Program Description

Study with a renowned UT professor along with other UT students at the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics at the University of Cambridge, one of the oldest and most academically respected universities in the world and the leading U.K. institution in biomedical sciences. Cambridge has been at the forefront of the sciences for more than 800 years and has had among its faculty and students Isaac Newton, Stephen Hawking, and more than 70 Nobel Prize winners in the sciences and medicine. The facilities at Cambridge are a blend of the old and the new: gothic buildings, hundreds of years old, rest easy next to modern, state-of-the-art lecture halls and laboratories.

Students learn the fundamental conservation principles and constitutive laws that govern heat, mass and momentum transport processes as they apply to typical biological problems. The program complements the UT syllabus and format, including the “How People Learn” method of teaching and learning. Students develop problem-solving skills that enable adaptive expertise for addressing novel biomedical applications.

Students live in homestays with local residents, participate in organized excursions and enjoy the unique cultural and historical wealth found in Cambridge. Cambridge is a breathtakingly beautiful mix of medieval buildings, winding alleyways and extensive parks. Students enjoy the quintessential Cambridge activities of punting on the River Cam, biking through the winding medieval city streets, or taking a three-mile stroll along the banks of the river. This busy market town and its university are an hour from London by train and easily accessible to several of the U.K.’s most vibrant cities.

Course

  • BME 353 | Transport Phenomena in Living Systems. Meets major requirement.

Faculty Director

Kenneth Diller

kenneth diller

Dr. Kenneth Diller, a Robert M. and Prudie Leibrock Endowed Professor and Carroll D. Simmons Centennial Teaching Fellow in Engineering, has been the faculty director of this Maymester since 2006. He lived for over a year in Cambridge while conducting heat transfer research in 1989, at which time he was elected a life fellow of Clare Hall College at Cambridge University.

Dr. Diller has an extensive program of research in many aspects of bioheat transfer that has led to more than 275 research papers and the establishment of two biotech companies. He has been a UT faculty member for 40 years and teaches two BME major required undergraduate courses: BME 353 (Transport Phenomena in Living Systems) and BME 371 (Biomedical Engineering Design Project). Considered the world authority in heat transfer, he is coauthor of the textbook used for BME 353, and much of his experience in bioheat transfer research is woven into the learning experience of students who take his courses.

Program and Application Details

For full program details and information on how to apply, go to the Program Page.

Questions? Email: Ellen Aoki.

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