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Georgia Tech's Biomedical Engineering Ranked #2 in the Nation

Biomedical Engineering Graduate Program Ranked #2 by U.S. News and World Report for 10 Consecutive Years 

The Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech and Emory is ranked #2 in U.S. News & World Report’s latest ranking of the nation’s top graduate biomedical engineering programs. The Coulter Department is a unique and flourishing public-private partnership between Emory University’s School of Medicine and Georgia Tech’s College of Engineering.

"Our graduate ranking is reflective of the scholarship of our faculty, our prestigious training grants and the incredible student body we have," said Ravi Bellamkonda, chair of the Coulter Department. "With new professional development programs we are implementing in our graduate program this year, I expect the Coulter Department at Georgia Tech and Emory to continue to set the standards for an exceptional graduate training in Biomedical Engineering."

As in the last four rankings, all of the College of Engineering’s specialties were ranked in the top 10 in their respective fields, making Georgia Tech the only institution in the nation to garner top 10 rankings for all of its engineering graduate programs in five straight years. 

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Health Innovation Shines Again at Spring Capstone Design Expo

Interdisciplinary team Hub Hygiene Wins the Capstone Design Expo's top award

It was a big night for health and biomedical engineering (BME) at Georgia Tech’s spring Capstone Design Expo, as teams targeting medicine and wellness took home nearly half of the event awards. Biomedical engineering students received awards in the following categories: overall best project winner, top biomedical engineering team, and best interdisciplinary team.
The high honor of being Expo's top overall winner went to Hub Hygiene, a BME student heavy interdisciplinary team that aims to reduce bloodstream infection rates. The group showed off a device that cleans a needleless IV connector. 

Read more about our BME winners at the Expo >
A New Test to Assess Athletes Following Concussions

Team Wobble Wins Second Place at the 2016 InVenture Prize Finals!

Georgia Tech's Team Wobble finished second Wednesday night in the Inventure Finals competition and scored $10,000, a free patent filing and a spot in Flashpoint. Their invention, Wobble, is an automated balance test to assess athletes following concussions. The device would keep athletes safe and reduce the risk of permanent brain damage. The inventors are: Hailey Brown, mechanical engineering; Matthew Devlin, biomedical engineering; Ana Gomez del Campo, biomedical engineering; and Garrett Wallace, biomedical engineering.

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BME Students Will Conduct Research in India and Switzerland

Prestigious Fulbright Scholarships Awarded to Karisma Gupta and Varun Yarabarla

Two undergraduate students from the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME), Karisma Gupta (left) and Varun Yarabarla (right), were named Fulbright Fellows for 2016-2017. 
This prestigious scholarship offers opportunities for students and young professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and primary and secondary school teaching worldwide. The Fulbright Program, which is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. Government, was created by Congress in 1946.

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Binbin Chen Awarded $90,000 for Graduate School

BME Alum Binbin Chen Receives The Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans for 2016

Binbin Chen, a biomedical engineering graduate (BSBMED 2013) of the Georgia Institute of Technology has received The Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans. This is the nation’s premier graduate school fellowship for immigrants and children of immigrants. Chen is currently attending Stanford University’s School of Medicine and is pursuing both a M.D. and Ph.D.
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Tireless Dedication to Her Work Both as a Scientist and a Teacher 

Bobby Dodd Institute Honors Cassie Mitchell with Circle of Excellence Award

On March 2, Bobby Dodd Institute (BDI) honored Cassie S. Mitchell, Ph.D. for her role in BDI’s mission of connecting people with disabilities to employment at their Breakfast with Champions event at the Cobb Galleria Centre. The annual event, sponsored by Autotrader, celebrates the accomplishments of people with disabilities in the workplace and the people and employers that support them. BDI recognized Mitchell with its Circle of Excellence Award, the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta as its Employer of the Year, and Gloria Richardson as its Employee of the Year.
“Dr. Mitchell’s determination to achieve her full potential and overcome every hurdle she faces has inspired everyone at Bobby Dodd Institute,” said BDI’s president and chief executive officer, Wayne McMillan. “From her academic and athletic achievements to her volunteer work as a mentor and counselor for neurological patients, she sets a standard of excellence that we can all strive to emulate. Dr. Mitchell truly exemplifies BDI’s mission and we are honored to present her with the 2016 Circle of Excellence award.”

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Outstanding BME Faculty Promoted to Full Professor 

Biomedical Engineers Johnna Temenoff and May Wang Promoted to Full Professor 

About Johnna Temenoff, Ph.D.  (pictured left)
Temenoff completed her Ph.D. in 2003 from Rice University, after graduating from Case Western Reserve University in 1998 with a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering and a B.A. in French. Her thesis work, completed under the guidance of Dr. A. G. Mikos, centered on development of a novel injectable poly(ethylene glycol)-based hydrogel material for bone and cartilage tissue engineering. Johnna chose to remain at Rice 2003-2005 to co-author an undergraduate biomaterials textbook with Dr. Mikos. The result, Biomaterials: The Intersection of Biology and Materials Science, published in 2008 by Pearson-Prentice Hall, has been adopted by over 40 universities in the U.S. and has been published in two international editions. The book was awarded the Meriam-Wiley Award for Best New Engineering Textbook by the American Society for Engineering Education in 2010. In 2005, In 2014, she was named co-director of the statewide Regenerative Engineering and Medicine Center (REM), which is a joint partnership between investigators at Georgia Tech, Emory University, and the University of Georgia. The goal of her laboratory is to design polymeric biomaterials for specific orthopaedic applications, including regeneration of tendon/ligament, cartilage and bone. 

About May Wang, Ph.D.  (pictured right)
Wang received the Distinguished Cancer Scholar Award from Georgia Cancer Coalition in 2004, an Outstanding Undergraduate Research Faculty Mentor Award from Georgia Tech in 2005, and an Outstanding Service Award from IEEE BIBE in 2007. Wang received her Ph.D. (EE), multidisciplinary MS degrees (EE, Applied Math, and CS) from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and a BEng from Tsinghua University in China. In addition, Wang has several years of industrial R&D experience in the former AT&T Bell Labs, Intel Architecture Labs, Hughes Research Labs, Lucent Technologies Bell Labs, and Agere Systems. Her primary research interest is in biomedical and health informatics for systems medicine, with the goal to accelerate and enable the discovery, development, and translation in modern biology, medicine, and healthcare.

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Coulter Department Garners the Most Awards Among Departments

Biomedical Engineering Faculty and Staff Honored by Georgia Tech

On Friday, April 22, the Georgia Institute of Technology honored the most outstanding faculty and staff for the 2015-2016 academic year at its annual honors luncheon held in the student center ballroom. This year, the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering collected the most awards of any department across all of Georgia Tech. 

The event honors faculty and staff whose service, activities, and accomplishments have been particularly noteworthy over the past year. The event was hosted by Kim Harrington, associate vice president, Office of Human Resources, and Colin Potts, vice provost, Undergraduate Education,  Office of the Provost. Bud Peterson, president of Georgia Tech, presented the last award and gave the final remarks.

View the complete list of BME awardees with pictures >
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