The Belmont “Lab”

Hello. And welcome to Barry Belmont’s Learning Activities Bararium* (hereinafter, “Lab”). The Belmont Lab is a place where learning happens, is shared, examined, and, if we’re lucky, at least partially understood. I’ve got some sense of the way I’d like engineering education to go and this is my embodiment of that philosophy. In a sense, these are educational experiments that I’ve tried my best at in hopes of someone doing it better in the future. 

A big list of research laboratories on campus
The blog: Incidental Art 
Classes next fall? 

BIOMEDE 211, Circuits and Systems in Biomedical Engineering (with Jim Weiland)
BIOMEDE 331, Introductory (bio)fluid mechanics (with Jim Grotberg)

Upcoming bioethics discussions (Tuesdays, 7pm, 2185 LBME)

The Theory of Mind, 9/15
Artificial Intelligence, 9/29
Artificial Parts, 10/13
Dia de los Muertos, 10/27
Democracy, 11/10
The Coming Administration, 11/24
Annihilation, 12/8
“The Madness of Crowds”, 1/12
Population Control, 1/26
Sex, 2/9
Artificial Life, 2/23
Infection, 3/9
Accidents, 3/23
Virtual Reality, 4/6
Abdication, 4/20

What I try to do

I believe in the development of well-rounded engineers. May no engineer go to their grave having never read a poem, a datasheet, or a patent application. To that end, I try to create as many learning opportunities as I can for all the (seriously, wickedly) smart people surrounding me – such as bioethical discussions and advanced instrumentation lectures – and vicariously benefit from learning even more from them. 

Why I try to do it

My philosophy: The world could stand to think a little bit more about itself and where it’s heading. We have a brilliant generation of engineers coming up and they’ve got ideas about how they want that world to look and they want the skills to make it look that way. We’ve got to equip them with these and many others. And I think I can help.