Senior design teams from Coulter Department win big in Fall Expo
A team, OculoSTAPLE, from the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME) took the top prize as overall winner of the Capstone Design Expo.
A group called Stroke of Genius, which included two BME seniors (Brian Leach and Josh Newton), won the top prize ($1,000) for interdisciplinary teams with their golf cart for children with mobility issues. A team called BioDeliver won the BME prize (also $1,000).
It’s taken a healthy dose of enlightened self-interest for Giuliana Salazar-Noratto to succeed as a mentor in the Petit Undergraduate Research Scholar program. She’s helping to guide a next generation scientist while becoming a better scientist in the process. “I needed help with my project, and I’ve always liked being a mentor, encouraging people to get into the sciences – even to switch majors,” says Salazar-Noratto, a National Science Foundation doctoral fellow in the Walter H. Coulter Biomedical Engineering Department (BME), pursuing a joint Ph.D. in the Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University.
Mohamad Ali Najia, a Georgia Institute of Technology senior, was selected as a Petit Scholar in January 2012. Since then, he’s spent two successive summers in different corners of the United States at two of the world’s leading research institutions, he’s earned a Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship (the most prestigious undergraduate award given in the sciences) and been named an Amgen Scholar.
Christian Rivera is one of approximately sixty graduate students nation-wide to receive a Ford Foundation Fellowship. Applicants were evaluated by panels of distinguished scholars selected by the National Academies and are selected for their superior academic achievement and who will serve as a role model in teaching and research.
Two graduate students in the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering have been named as Whitaker International Fellows and Scholars. Alice Cheng and James Wade will each be traveling abroad to broaden their research knowledge and learn new skills and techniques. The Whitaker International Program sends emerging leaders in U.S. biomedical engineering or bioengineering programs overseas to undertake a self-designed project that will enhance their careers within the field. The goal of the program is to assist the development of professional leaders who are not only superb scientists, but who also will advance the profession through an international outlook.
Marian Hettiaratchi and Ariel Kniss, Ph.D. candidates in the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University, are two of 85 doctoral students nationwide selected to receive a $15,000 Scholar Award from the Philanthropic Educational Organization (P.E.O.) Sisterhood. Both were sponsored by the Georgia P.E.O. Chapter.
Mohamad Ali Najia, an Honor's Program undergraduate in Georgia Tech’s Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering, has earned the prestigious Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship.
Program awards largest number of scholarships to date
The Parker H. Petit Institute for Bioengineering and Bioscience at Georgia Tech announces its 2014 class of Petit Undergraduate Research Scholars. The "Petit Scholars" are top undergraduate students from Atlanta-area universities who are selected from a highly competitive selection process to conduct independent research projects for a full year at the Petit Institute.
Anthony Awojoodu, a doctoral student in Biomedical engineering, was recognized for a 3rd place award for his accomplishments in the laboratory of Edward Botchwey, where he has focused his research on therapies to cure, treat and prevent complications of sickle cell disease using sphingolipid signaling and metabolism.
This year’s Georgia Tech iGEM (International Genetically Engineered Machine) team was one of only 15 teams in North America chosen to compete in the World Championship Jamboree at MIT, November 1-4, 2013.