Student Experience

Who Should Apply?

The MTM program appeals to individuals with degrees in engineering, biosciences or other STEM disciplines, postdoctoral fellows as well as practicing engineers and professionals from backgrounds of engineering, science, medicine, pharmacy, nursing, and healthcare business. Candidates should be interested in learning the skills and concepts required to bring a new medical technology to market and have an entrepreneurial drive for creating products that will have a direct impact on human health.


Name: Mehnaz Shahid

Background Interest: Biomedical Engineering

Undergraduate Degree Institution: Grove School of Engineering, City College of New York

Hometown: Bangladesh

What is your favorite class and why?

To be honest, every class in this program was essential and interesting. However, based on the uniqueness, I liked two classes the most. One is “IP and FDA Regulatory class”, in this class we learnt about the pathways to get the FDA approval for drugs and devices, which I found very helpful. I believe, technology gets it’s actual value when it gets commercialized and for that knowing the FDA pathways is very essential. The 2nd class I liked is the Entrepreneurship and business development class. I am sure, like me many students dream to have their own company for the device or technology they invent and this class was the perfect place to learn how to deliver the innovation to the valuable customer and grow the business accordingly.

Name: Israel Nemet

Background Interest: Medicine

Undergraduate Degree Institution: Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education/ City College of New York

Hometown: Brooklyn, NY

Why did you choose the Master’s of Translational Medicine Program here at City College? 

I chose the Master’s of Translational Medicine Program at City College because it was an exciting new opportunity to develop pertinent skills and gain knowledge in the field of translational medicine, engineering and entrepreneurship. Translational medicine allows for the integration of scientific research and clinical medicine, crucial in the world we live in today. With the advancement of science and technology we can explore innovative options in medical care and treatment. I am grateful to be part of this initiative and contribute to the scientific field as I advance in my education and career.

Name: Evan Azoulay

Background Interest: Biomedical Engineering

Undergraduate Degree Institution: Grove School of Engineering, City College of New York

Hometown: Bronx, NY

What would you tell someone who is thinking of applying to this program?

This program is geared towards the full development of a medical device, and as a result, requires your interaction with many highly recognized professionals in the medical field. Every interaction can be thought of as a networking opportunity.


What has been the most exciting/interesting/surprising thing you have taken away from the program?

The most interesting thing I learned in the program is how to use 90% of the tools in the machine shops while working on our project.

Name: Sana Tahir

Background Interest: Biochemistry, Genetics, Healthcare,Green Chemistry

Undergraduate Degree Institution: City College of New York

Hometown: I have spent half my life in Lahore, Pakistan and the other half in Brooklyn,NY

What would you tell someone who is thinking of applying to this program? 

I would say this program is very good fit for anyone who is a scientist at heart. If you really want to be a part of the advancing technology in your specific field of interest, you should definitely consider this program. Undergraduate courses barely scratch the surface of some fields so even if you are not sure what to do after your undergrad, this program will give you some sense of direction, whether you intend to study further or if you want to jump straight into a job in the industry. I especially advise pre-meds to consider this program because there are so many sides to medicine that you might not ever get to know about otherwise. If you are applying to med school this year, you will still have a year off before you begin your classes. Pursuing this program as a pre-med was the most productive thing I had done in the time that would have been a gap year otherwise.