Two UAB biomedical engineering students recently attended an event hosted by the UNCF Merck Science Initiative at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.
Ophelia Johnson and Donovan White were named UNCF Merck Undergraduate Research Fellows in the spring. They were joined by UAB biology student Quincy Jones, who also was named a UNCF Merck Fellow.
The three UAB students were among just 15 undergraduates selected nationally. In addition to the trip to the NIH, each Fellow will present a research project at Merck & Company’s research and development facility this fall.
Each UNCF Merck Fellow receives a $25,000 award. The BME students may share their award with the department in the form of a departmental grant worth up to $10,000 per award.
Two BME Capstone Design Course products are among 15 finalists for the 2014 da Vinci Awards, an international program that celebrates the latest, most impactful research and developments in all fields of assistive and adaptive technology.
The projects are the Toyrota powered mobility device and the Scale-Metrix Wheelchair Scale. The Toyrota, which is currently in use at the Bell Center in Homewood, Alabama, was designed by Ryan Densmore, Daniel McFalls, Shelby May, and Stephen Mehi. The Scale-Metrix Wheelchair Scale was designed by Jarrod Collins, Josh Haynes, Austin Johnson, and Brandon Sherrod, and has been in use at the Lakeshore Foundation, also in Homewood .
Developed in 2001 by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s Michigan Chapter, the da Vinci Awards program aims to recognize current achievements and spur future innovations to benefit all people challenged with physical limitations. The two UAB projects were chosen from applicants around the world and are among finalists from the United States, France, Italy, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.
The Department of Biomedical Engineering was well represented at the UAB 2014 Graduate Research Day, with four BME students taking home either first or second place in their respective sessions.
Winners are as follows:
Rana Atieh, master's student (Alan Eberhardt)
2nd Place, Physical Science and Engineering
Patrick Hwang, Ph.D. student (Ho-Wook Jun)
1st Place, Life/Biomedical Sciences
Amanee Salaam, Ph.D. student (Derrick Dean)
2nd Place, Physical Science and Engineering
Didarul Bhuiyan, Ph.D. student (Tim Wick)
2nd Place, Life/Biomedical Sciences
For a complete list of all winners, click here.
The UAB Department of Biomedical Engineering is expanding its reach, after the University of Alabama System Board of Trustees voted recently to establish Biomedical Engineering as a joint department between the Schools of Engineering and Medicine.
Since 1979, the Department of Biomedical Engineering has resided wholly within the School of Engineering. By integrating the department into the School of Medicine, administrators say they hope to capitalize on existing and emerging strengths in research, education and patient care at UAB.
"Creating a joint department with the School of Medicine marks a natural progression for biomedical engineering at UAB," says Iwan Alexander, Ph.D., dean of the School of Engineering. "The department has long benefited from UAB's reputation for world-class research and education in medicine and health sciences. Making the department a part of both engineering and medicine will bring engineering faculty and students in closer proximity to clinicians and medical research from both schools—which will, in turn, allow them to develop closer relationships through joint research and education programs."
Biomedical engineering student Forrest Satterfield is one of two UAB freshman chosen to participate in the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) meeting at Arizona State University in March. CGI U was launched by President Bill Clinton in 2007 to engage the next generation of leaders on college campuses around the world.
Each year, CGI U brings together 1,200 undergraduate and graduate students from around the world to address challenges with practical, innovative solutions. To be considered for the annual meeting, each student must develop a commitment to action, which is a specific plan of action that addresses a pressing local or global challenge in one of five categories: education, environment and climate change, peace and human rights, poverty alleviation, and public health.
Satterfield, who is from Huntsville, wrote his commitment to action for the public health category. He intends to create a universal and inexpensive system of actuators to be used in prostheses and orthotics.