John E Martin

Designer. Biomechanical Engineer. Entrepreneur.

Stanford University

BS Biomechanical Engineering

  • Degree Summary

    "In short, biomechanical engineering is the combined use of mechanical engineering principals and biological knowledge to better understand how these areas intersect and how they can be used together to potentially improve peoples’ quality of life."
    -Stanford University

    More specifically, biomechanical engineering is an interdisciplinary major that integrates the Biology, Mechanical Engineering, and Bioengineering departments. It also incorporates many of the courses and principles of Stanford's Medical School and Design School into its curriculum.

  • Why I Chose BME

    Growing up with two physicians as parents I was exposed to medicine constantly, and for a long time considered becoming a doctor myself. It was advice from my father which changed my mind though. As a freshman at Stanford he told me, "If you're not in love with medicine, it's not worth the commitment and sacrifices necessary." I have always loved to build things, and enjoyed the concreteness of math and science, so I decided to pursue engineering instead. I did not want to completely separate myself from medicine though, so I was excited when I learned about Stanford's Biomechanical Engineering program.

  • Coursework

    Design and Manufacturing
    Technology Entrepreneurship
    Biomechanics of Movement
    Mechanics of Biological Tissues
    Intro to Imaging Technologies
    Orthopedic Surgical Anatomy
    Mechanics of Deformable Bodies
    Into to Fluids Engineering
    Cell and Molecular Biology
    Animal Physiology
    Intro to Materials Science
    Linear Algebra
    Vector and ODE Calculus
    Organic Poly-functional and Aromatic Compounds
    Visual Thinking
    Fiction Writing

  • Favorite Classes

    ME 203 - Design and Manufacturing
    ME 298 - Silversmithing
    Engr 145 - Technology Entrepreneurship
    English 90 - Fiction Writing
    Chem 35 - Poly-functional Compounds