Newsletter | Department of Bioengineering at Illinois
All About Awards
It is collegiate and association award season, and the Department of Bioengineering at the University of Illinois is pleased to spread the word of the accomplishments of its extraordinary students, faculty and staff.
IEEE EMBS 2014 Technical Achievement Award
Brian Cunningham, Professor in Bioengineering and in Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Zhi-Pei Liang, Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering and on the Bioengineering Graduate Faculty (pictured here, left to right), have been selected to receive the 2014 Technical Achievement Award from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS), the world's largest international society of biomedical engineers. The two professors will be recognized and presented with the awards during the EMBS annual meeting in August in Chicago.
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College of Engineering Faculty and Staff Awards
Sua Myong, Assistant Professor in Bioengineering (pictured here to the left), recently received the Rose Award for Teaching Excellence, one of only two Rose Awards presented this year. The award was created to foster and reward excellence in undergraduate teaching in the College of Engineering. It recognizes teachers who excel at motivating freshman and sophomore students to learn and appreciate engineering. Winners receive a monetary award and a plaque.
Bioengineering Academic Advisor Jenny Amos, who also is the Director of Undergraduate Education for the department, and Bioengineering Academic Advisor Kerri Green (pictured here, left to right) won collegewide Outstanding Advisor awards. The awards are presented annually to the top 10 percent of advisors in the college, and honorees are selected based on student input.
Giang-Chau Ngo, Ph.D. student in Bioengineering, has been named a 2014 Beckman Graduate Fellow. She joins five other Engineering students in the current cohort under a fellowship program that started in 1999. Ngo will work with her advisor, Prof. Brad Sutton, and Beckman Institute Director Art Kramer on development of a quantitative method for detecting brain function in MRI that will be robust to magnetic field inhomogeneity. The fellowship allows selected graduate students to work on interdisciplinary research at the Institute and supports their travel to conferences.
Ngo said she chose bioengineering as a field because of its multidisciplinary aspect, a merge of her interests in medicine and engineering. She said she selected Illinois for her post-graduate education because, "I came here four years ago for a summer internship, and I really enjoyed my experience in the Bioengineering department. That's why I applied to Illinois when I decided to pursue a Ph.D."
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2014 Cozad New Venture Award
The ElectroCyt team, co-led by Greg Damhorst, M.D/Ph.D. student in Bioengineering; Umer Hassan, Ph.D. student in Electrical and Computer Engineering; and Bobby Reddy Jr., post-doctoral researcher (PHD '12 ECE); recently earned a second-place prize in the 14th Annual Dale V. Cozad New Venture Competition. The team is developing "a portable, hand-held device capable of measuring counts of critical entities from whole blood. This condensed product will expand the availability of a complete blood count (CBC) to nearly all scenarios and locations." The technology was developed in the Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory in the research group of Rashid Bashir, Bioengineering department head and Abel Bliss Professor of Engineering. Based on their new technology, the group plans to use the prize -- $10,000, legal services, and the use of space in Enterprise Works in the University's Research Park -- to launch ElectroCyt as a startup company this year.
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Four BIOE students among Senior 100
Bioengineering Seniors Grace Conard, Isaac Dupree, William Sterrett, and Jaclyn Yu are among the 2014 University of Illinois graduating class who have been selected for the Senior 100 honorary. Each year, the UI Alumni Association and Student Alumni Ambassadors choose 100 seniors to recognize for their achievements as students and campus leaders and their demonstrated commitment to the University.
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Get Your BIOE Gear!
Bioengineering launches online store
We know you've been waiting for this, and we can't wait to see you sporting your Bioengineering gear! Pictured here is the newest item in the Bioengineering online store, a navy ceramic mug with orange interior. The store is ready for orders, with more than a dozen Bioengineering at Illinois-branded items for sale. Items can be picked up in DCL or, for a nominal fee, will be shipped anywhere within the U.S.
SPECIAL OFFER: Place an order between now and the end of May and receive a free Bioengineering water bottle with your paid merchandise. Note: This offer applies only to BIOE Store orders placed online between May 9 and May 30, 2014. Happy shopping!
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