Blazer Innovation Challenge, a Shark Tank-style competition in which students worked individually or in teams to develop innovative solutions to real-world problems.Forrest Satterfield, a senior biomedical engineering student, recently won the top prize in the
Satterfield presented a proposal to develop a manufacturing system for motorized prosthetics that marries traditional production of motors with additive manufacturing of 3-D printed prosthetics. His proposal earned him the $5,000 prize for first place.
In addition to winning prize money, Satterfield and the other winners will continue to benefit from valuable mentoring, coaching and other resources provided by the UAB Innovation Lab (iLab) to help incubate their ideas and potentially launch their own startup companies throughout the 2016-17 academic year.
“The Blazer Innovation Challenge has helped us engage bright and creative students from throughout UAB to put great ideas into practice,” said Joel Dobbs, Collat’s entrepreneur-in-residence. “Many of our students, either individually or with fellow students, identify real-world problems that they are passionate about solving. The Blazer Innovation Challenge is allowing us to identify, fund and nurture some of the best of these.”
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Introducing the Imogene Baswell Society
In 1967, Imogene Baswell became the first woman to graduate from what would soon become the UAB School of Engineering. Since then, hundreds of female engineers have followed in her footsteps, and from those ranks, dozens of the school’s most accomplished alumni have emerged.
In honor of the 40th anniversary of Baswell’s groundbreaking step, the School of Engineering plans to officially launch the Imogene Baswell Society in 2017. This giving society is being formed to honor the legacy of a pioneering graduate and to support the future of female engineering students at UAB.
The heart cannot regenerate muscle tissue after a heart attack has killed part of the muscle wall, and that dead tissue can strain surrounding muscle, leading to a lethal heart enlargement.
To prevent this heart failure and restore heart function, UAB researchers led by Biomedical Engineering Chair Jianyi “Jay” Zhang, M.D., Ph.D., as well as personnel at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Duke University, will work to create a bioengineered, human heart-tissue patch that is large, standardized and highly functional. This preclinical work will be supported by a seven-year, $8 million grant just awarded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.
The research hub is led Zhang, Timothy Kamp, M.D., of Wisconsin and Nenad Bursac, Ph.D., of Duke. Their teams in this cooperative effort will work with individual cells and bioengineered patches made up of many cells. They will test the bioengineered cells in mice and the bioengineered patches in pigs.
The goal is to bring cardiac tissue engineering therapies into the clinic for human use by the end of the grant. Ischemic heart disease from restricted blood flow and oxygen starvation is a leading cause of death in the United States. One in every seven deaths in the United States results from coronary artery disease.
“At the end of seven years, we will be ready for clinical trials,” Zhang said.
Zhang is the T. Michael and Gillian Goodrich Endowed Chair of Engineering Leadership at UAB in addition to being the chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering, a joint department of the UAB School of Medicine and School of Engineering. Kamp is a professor of medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and co-director of the university’s Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine Center. Bursac is professor of biomedical engineering at Duke University.