Watchdog Medical, a startup founded by BME students, was selected to represent the University of North Carolina at the 2018 ACC InVenture Competition. The company was born out of a senior design group project and has developed a device to help monitor life-threatening neonatal symptoms. UNC News has recently featured the team, and the history of their device, which you can read here. Congratulations to Watchdog Medical! We are proud of your excellent accomplishments.
BME graduate student Ashlyn Young was selected to receive the Division of Polymer Chemistry’s Excellence in Graduate Polymer Research Award. All awardees presented their research at an ACS President’s Highlighted Symposia. The award and symposium recognizes outstanding graduate students in all fields of polymer science and engineering. In addition, the presented research was selected to participate in Sci-Mix, a symposia of the best abstracts from all divisions.
When BME undergraduate Jeff Powell started the Helping Hands project in 2015, he was excited to help provide free prosthetics to children who quickly outgrow these medical devices. Now, nearly three years later, his project has turned into a non-profit that boasts 56 student volunteers from four area institutions. Featured recently in WRAL Techwire, the group explains that they specialize in providing 3-D printed prosthetic hands free of charge for children in need. They also provide activity and support days for their hand recipients, so the children can play with others like themselves. Help…
BME graduate student Kristina Rivera was selected to be one of the 12 Keynote Speakers at the World Biosensors Congress in June. The selections were based on evaluations of over 1,000 abstracts, each of which was read by at least 3 members of the international organizing committee. The abstracts selected for Keynote Presentations are judged to be the best of all those submitted. Fantastic job, Kristina!
Technology & Innovation features Dr. Fran Ligler in this month’s National Academy of Inventors Fellow profile. In it, Dr. Ligler expounds upon her exciting new work in microfluidics and tissue-on-chip, as well as the innovative research and collaborations happening in the joint department. T&I is a journal edited and published by the National Academy of Inventors and described itself as a forum for presenting information encompassing the entire field of applied sciences, with a focus on transformative technology and academic innovation. In addition, Dr. Ligler has been invited b…
In the 2018 US News & World Report list of Best Graduate Biomedical Engineering/Bioengineering Programs, the UNC/NC State Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering was ranked 16th among public universities. This four place advancement from last year moves the UNC/NC State joint program well into the top 20 among its peer institutions. More information about the 2018 US News & World Report rankings can be found here.