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Elysia Masters receives Barnard Fellowship

July 3, 2018

Congratulations to BME PhD candidate Elysia Masters (co-advised by Professor Hani Awad and Professor Edward Schwarz) who has received a Donald M. and Janet C. Barnard Fellowship from the College of Arts, Science and Engineering. These fellowships recognize outstanding achievement by PhD students in engineering and science, as evidenced through their coursework and their dissertation research work. The fellowship provides a $3,000 stipend top-off for the 2018-2019 academic year.

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BME Undergraduate coordinator Taimi Marple wins Dottie Welch Student Enrichment Award

June 27, 2018

Congratulations to BME undergraduate coordinator Taimi Marple, who was announced as the Dottie Welch Student Enrichment Award Winner on Design Day. This honor, which is awarded based on student nominations, recognizes a Hajim School of Engineering faculty or staff member “whose performance and dedication enriches the student experience in the tradition exemplified by Dottie Welch.”

As Undergraduate Coordinator for our BME department, Taimi is the key administrator for all issues related to our undergraduate students and curriculum. She serves as the administrator for the BME Undergraduate Committee (chaired by Professor Amy Lerner) and the BME ABET Committee chaired by Professor Steve McAleavey). Her knowledge of undergraduate courses, degree requirements, AS&E enrichment programs, and the broader university is superb.

“Taimi is typically the first person our prospective undergraduate students meet and the last person our seniors say a heartfelt goodbye to at Commencement,” says BME Department Chair Diane Dalecki. “She has helped all our students navigate their way through our undergraduate curriculum, provided encouragement and advice for them in challenging times, and lifted their spirits in the thick of the semester. Her door is always open and welcoming for students and faculty. In short, Taimi has made a lasting impression on our students and our entire BME department.”

Taimi has been with the University of Rochester for over 25 years. She succeeded Dottie Welch as the BME undergraduate administrator in 2013. Previously, she was a graduate administrator for the Department of Pathology/URMC for nearly 10 years, and also served as an editorial associate for the journal Neurology and the managing editor for the International Journal of Radiation Oncology Biology Physics for 17 years. Taimi received her M.S. in Higher Education Administration from the University of Rochester in 2011 and her B.S. in English from SUNY Brockport.

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Ninoshka Fernandes and team wins first place at New York Business Plan Competition

June 20, 2018

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BME Departmental Awards

June 5, 2018

Congratulations to the following undergraduate students who won BME departmental awards this year:

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Professor Dalecki partners with Imaginant, Inc. to develop ultra-high-frequency ultrasound tranducers and novel batch-manufacturing processes

June 5, 2018

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Raymond Chin and Eva Hansen participate in Grand Scholars Program

June 1, 2018


Congratulations to Raymond Chin and Eva Hansen who participated in the National Academy of Engineering Grant Challenges Program in 2018. 
Raymond Chin – The Challenge: Engineering better medicines.
Eva Hansen – The Challenge: to provide access to clean water for a school in the Dominican Republic, an Engineers Without Borders project.
Learn more about their projects here. 

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Harrah Newman wins Charles L. Newton Prize

May 30, 2018

Congratulations to Harrah Newman who was selected for the 2018 Charles L. Newton Prize. This honor is given to a student within the Hajim School of Engineering who shows special proficiency in some subject connected with engineering and who has conducted research, given a presentation, or published a paper. Harrah has been working with Professor Mark Buckley since summer of 2016, where she has been involved in many different projects, leading to a first-author manuscript and presentations at three national conferences. She has been independent, creative and an outstanding communicator. She is also very active in the campus community and a terrific student in the classroom. She will be going on to the University of Delaware to pursue her PhD.  We are extremely proud of her efforts and expect to hear many more great things about her in the future!

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Jacques Kouevi wins G. Harold Hook Prize

May 29, 2018

Congratulations to Jacques Kouevi who was selected for the G. Harold Hook Prize, which recognizes students for outstanding interest in engineering. Jacques has shown determination, persistence and passion for engineering. He clearly loves to learn about new technology and is passionate about design and using engineering to improve healthcare. We are very pleased that Jacques will be remaining at Rochester to pursue an MS in Biomedical Engineering through the Center for Medical Technology & Innovation (CMTI) program next year.

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Shuang (Grace) Chang and Xuan (Monica) Sun win Barnard Prizes

May 28, 2018

Congratulations to Shuang Chang and Xuan (Monica) Sun who were both awarded the 2018 Donald M. Barnard Prize. This award is given to junior or senior engineering students on the basis of personal qualification and achievement. Both have been accepted to excellent graduate programs. Shuang will be at Vanderbilt to pursue her PhD and Monica will attend Duke University for her MS.  We will be very proud to have them represent us at these schools.

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Anisha Khosla receives Gwennie Award

May 24, 2018

BME senior Anisha Khosla recently received a Gwennie award from the Gwen M. Greene Center for Career Education and Connections. The award honors partners who exemplify the Greene Center’s values—respect, collaboration, diversity and inclusion, betterment, and purpose.

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Harrah Newman wins President’s Award

May 20, 2018

Congratulation to Harrah Newman for winning the 2018 Charles L. Newton Award for undergraduate research and the President's Award at the 2018 Undergraduate Research Expo for her project, “Viscoelastic Heating of Bovine Intervertebral Disc.” More than 60 students participated in the exposition this year, representing some of the “most accomplished undergraduate research throughout the college,” said Paul Burgett, vice president and senior advisor to the president, who presented several awards to students. “We like to honor those whose work is on the tip of the spear, so to speak; those whose work is groundbreaking and transformative.” More information on the Undergraduate research expo can be found here.

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Professor Benoit receives University of Maine Francis Crowe Engineering Distinguished Alumni Award

May 15, 2018

Professor Danielle Benoit was presented with the 2018 University of Maine Francis Crowe Engineering Distinguished Alumni Award during the University’s graduation ceremonies on May 12. The award, presented by Hermant P. Pendse, chair of chemical and biomedical engineering and Dana N. Humphrey, dean of the college of engineering, recognizes outstanding service to the field of engineering. As a distinguished member of the Francis Crowe Society, Professor Benoit will now be known as Distinguished Engineer Danielle S.W. Benoit, Ph.D., ‘02. 

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Making diabetes screening portable for the people of Micronesia

May 10, 2018

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Professor Benoit receives Drug Development Award from UR Ventures

May 8, 2018

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Hetince Zhao and UR Connected team wins Forbes Competition

May 8, 2018

BME Senior Hetince Zhao and the other members of the UR Connected team took first place and $5,000 in the Charles and Janet Forbes Entrepreneurial Competition. The team plans to address loneliness and isolation in senior populations by aggregating community involvement resources onto a single platform, offering a web portal for service providers, along with an easy to navigate user interface that older adults can access as both a website and a mobile application.

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Eva Hansen among first Hajim students to seek recognition as Grand Challenges Scholar

May 7, 2018

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Student engineers help kids with disabilities walk, play with peers

May 5, 2018

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Two CMTI teams place 2nd and 3rd in University's Regulatory Science Competition

May 1, 2018

Two teams of CMTI (Center for Medical Technology & Innovation) master’s students placed well in the University’s annual “America’s Got Regulatory Science Talent” competition, a UR CTSO Regulatory Science Program. Students are asked to find solutions to better assess the safety, efficacy, quality, and performance of FDA-regulated products. Eric Ravinal, Justin Schumacher, Vladimir Tokarchuk, and Rebecca Amorese finished second with their proposal for an evaluation toolkit to address key issues in additive manufacturing, including 3D printing.  Amanda Smith, Meghann Meyer, Emily Newman, and Evan Sosnow proposed an FDA ALERT smartphone-based mobile app that could be used to scan a QR code on the label of an FDA-regulated product to get reliable, FDA-approved information to help them decide whether to purchase the product, to receive recall and warning alerts, and to report any adverse effects they’ve experienced with FDA-regulated products. The team finished third. Read more here.

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PhD candidate's abstract selected for STAR award

April 10, 2018

Kenneth Sims Jr. will present his 15 minute oral presentation on "Enhancing Design of Nanoparticles for Anti-Biofilm Drug Delivery" during the "Racing for the Surface: Recent Development in Antimicrobial and Osteoinductive Biomaterials" session of the Society for Biomaterials 2018 Annual Meeting and Exposition: Exploring the Nexus of Research and Application being held in Atlanta, GA, April 11-14, 2018.

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Graduate research assistant receives award

April 3, 2018

Maureen Newman’s podium presentation at the annual Orthopaedic Research Society meeting "Development of Bone-Targeted Polymer Conjugates of Wnt/β-catenin Agonists to Stimulate Fracture Healing" was awarded the International Section for Fracture Repair Podium Award. Congratulations Maureen!

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PhD candidate receives Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award

March 27, 2018

Marian Ackun-Farmmer, a PhD candidate in Danielle Benoit's lab, has been awarded a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Predoctoral Fellowship (F31) grant from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) for her project titled “Nanoparticle mediated microenvironmental targeting of CCL3 signaling for the treatment of acute myelogenous leukemia.”

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David Narrow '12 is CEO of company launching surgery site marker

March 12, 2018

Sonavex Inc., a Baltimore-based medical device company spun out of John Hopkins, has received $4.5 million in venture capital funding to accelerate its launch later this year of a new implant to mark soft tissue sites after surgery.

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Dilshawn Gamage and Hetince Zhao compete for the Hult Prize

March 9, 2018

Two biomedical engineering undergraduates – Dilshawn Gamage ’19 and Hetince Zhao ’18 – are on teams competing in regional semifinals for the Hult Prize, the world’s largest social entrepreneurship contest.

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From the Lalor lab: Brain signal indicates when you understand what you’ve been told

February 23, 2018

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Mercy Asiedu '14 receives award

February 15, 2018

An alumna of our department, Mercy Asiedu ’14, now a PhD student in biomedical engineering at Duke University, has been recognized with her advisor for their work on cervical cancer screening.

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Edwin and Pam Carstensen Family Fund will support biomedical ultrasound research and education

January 30, 2018

A generous gift from the family of the late Edwin L. Carstensen, renowned scientist and founder of the Rochester Center for Biomedical Ultrasound (RCBU), will enable the Center to invite a leading expert from the field to the University of Rochester campus each year to present a seminar, interact with faculty, and deliver a distinguished Carstensen lecture.

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Michelle Esponda explores robotic abilities in her BME MS thesis

January 5, 2018

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