The SBE Web-Lab Initiative

This post is presented by SBE, the Society for Biological Engineering--a global organization of leading engineers and scientists dedicated to advancing the integration of biology with engineering.

BTEC lab manager Haiwei Zhang demonstrates the equipment used for the Web-Lab project.

Imagine the traditional laboratory setting in an undergraduate engineering class. Now imagine the ability to remotely operate and manipulate lab equipment housed miles away in a central facility.

Multiple schools, no matter their physical location, could have access to these web-based experiments and incorporate it into their curriculum.

This is the vision of the SBE Web-Lab Initiative--to break beyond the walls of the classroom and enhance the typical classroom experience.

SBE in collaboration with the Golden LEAF Biomanufacturing Training and Education Center (BTEC) at North Carolina State University will pilot the first Web-Lab this Fall semester.

The first web-based laboratory provides students the opportunity to study and control a remote bioreactor. Genetically engineered microbes will be grown in a bioreactor to optimize the production of green fluorescent proteins.

This Web-Lab activity will demonstrate the potential of state-of-the-art laboratory experiments and thereby enable more students to participate in a modern laboratory experience.

The ultimate goal is to enhance the undergraduate engineering education and better prepare students for the global workforce.

Six institutions from coast to coast and everywhere in between are participating in this pilot program, including

Web-Lab is supported by the United Engineering Foundation.

Visit our site for more information about this exciting initiative.

Button cell test image: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory via Creative Commons
Bioreactor image: Nasa Images


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