Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Modern Technology: Biotechnology

Modern technology nowadays is moving at a pace, that yesterday’s developments today are almost obsolete.
All the investigations are conducted with ergonomic sense making our lives better, easier and more entertaining. Different fields are being exposed to a dramatic change and we can observe how sciences like chemistry, physics, medicine, aerospace, electronics, agriculture, metallurgic and mechanics are improving the new knowledge to unimagined levels.

On the other side there are the discoveries of new raw materials, like the modern fabrics for leotards. And more importantly should you decide to investigate a little more lets talk about biotechnology where the Kioto´s members are more interested due to the dramatic change in the global climate.

Biotechnology has come up as a very promising career option in every country where bio-combustibles are in developing stage. This is why, a lot of students interested in sciences and research are opting for courses in biotechnology to take it up as a career. Biotechnology is set to have a massive impact on virtually all aspects of life in the 21st century, through agriculture, health, manufacturing and the environment. Underlying research, particularly in molecular biotechnology and genetics, is progressing at an amazing pace and increasingly, the outcomes of this research are being developed and commercialized as new, innovative products and business opportunities, both in biotechnology itself as well as allied industries

What is biotechnology?
In the best approach it is a combination of biology and technology. It is a knowledge-based discipline that relies on human skills to leverage existing technology, scientific methods and knowledge of biology to come up with products and solutions to everyday situations of life as well as many other fields that affect us as stated before. In biotechnology, technology is applied to a biomass system, like living organisms and enzymes to perform industrial or manufacturing processes.

One good example is the gasifier. The principle of operation is the combustion of a biomass to get the gas and use it to produce mechanical energy. These systems are capable of producing electricity from any biomass source. They may use any fuel in some, such as coal, petroleum coke, residual oil, oil emulsions, tar sands, and/or other similar fuels. Gasifiers produce a gas which is commonly known as syngas.

One gasifier, for example, is a device that has been developed by TERI (The Tata Energy Research Institute in India) for use in the drying of cardamom. The gasifier uses briquettes that are made from firewood and other types of biomass and turns them into a gas that burns with a clean smokeless flame.

Where to study Biotechnology?
Swinburne University of Technology in Australia. Australian biotechnologists receive strong government and industry support, both within Australia and from the U.S. for innovation and invention. Students may study Biotechnology as a major in a single Science degree, or and may choose to combine their Science degree with either Arts (Media and Communications) or Business in a double degree.

In the United States there are plenty of universities where you can star your career:
Boston University: Associate DIrector of Admissions, Boston Director of Admissions, Boston University, 121 Bay State Road, Boston, MA02215

Bradley University: Executive Director of Enrollment Management, Bradley University, 1501 West Bradley Avenue, Peoria, IL 61625-0002

Brigham Young University: Dean of Admissions and Records, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT 84602-1001

California State Politechnic University, Pomona: Associate Director of Admissions, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, 3801west temple avenue, pomona, CA- 91768-2557

Clarion University of Pennsylvania:: Dean of Enrollment Management and Academic Records, Clarion University of Pennsylvania, Clarion, PA 16214

Eastern Washington University: Director of Admissions, Eastern Washington University, EWUMS-148,Cheney,WA-99004-2431

Ferris State University: Dean of Enrollment Services, Feris State University, PRK 110, Big Rapids, MI-49307

Indiana State University: Assistant V.P.for Academic Affairs/Director of Admissions, Indiana State University, Terre Haute,IN 47809 – 1401

Manhattan College: Dean of Admissions/Financial Aid, Manhattan College, 4513 Manhattan College Parkway, Riverdale, NY 10471

Michigan State University: DIrector of Admissions, Michigan state University, East Lansing, MI-48824-1020

Michigan Technological University: Director of Under graduate Admissions, Michigan Technological University, 1400Townsend Drive, Houghton, MI-49931-1295

Other countries where biotechnology studies are developed and with high quality education are:
Algeria, Austria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Canada, China, Colombia, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, Germany, Ghana, Iceland, India, Iraq, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Spain, Thailand, United Kingdom, Uzbekistan and Vietnam.
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