From the college admissions scandal, to the continued need for greater diversity in the STEM fields, to the balloon of debt that the nation’s students have taken on, higher education is in the headlines nearly every day. As the former president of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology — and the first woman to lead the institution — Susan Hockfield is accustomed to wrestling with such questions. She was also the school’s first president with a background in life sciences, a topic that she delves into in her latest book, in which she argues that science’s next frontier will be the convergence of biology and engineering to produce exciting new technologies that can help advance humanity.

Jim Braude was joined by Susan Hockfield, author of "The Age of Living Machines."