Synthetic Biology presents huge scientific and economic opportunities. To fully exploit these possibilities, however, requires well-trained, interdisciplinary "biodesign engineers" that can bridge the gap between rigorous engineering, data-based computing, and in-depth cellular and biomolecular expertise. The IC-CSynB is committed to providing graduate-level training that will meet this need, and to connecting rising talents with the entrepreunerial, industrial and academic contacts that will enable them to flourish.