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Biomedical Engineering Scores at Fall Semester Capstone Expo

Two Coulter teams take home awards in fall semester capstone design competition

This year’s fall Capstone Design Expo at the Georgia Institute of Technology featured 113 teams of senior engineering students who developed potential solutions to real-world needs. 

For teams affiliated with the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME), these projects focused on improving human health while also filling a commercial niche.

The BME projects ranged far and wide – innovative diagnostics for different conditions, like apnea, HIV and heart defects; improved surgical tools for a variety of procedures; assistive mobility devices for children with cerebral palsy; and two that earned awards at the event, which was held on Thursday, Dec. 3, in the McCamish Pavilion.

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Distinguished Lecture:  Deciphering the Dynamics of the Unconscious Brain Under General Anesthesia

Dr. Emery Brown presents research on anesthesia’s effects on the brain

Emery Brown may be forgiven if he sometimes feels as if he’s collaborating with himself, combining two seemingly disparate disciplines in an effort to know more about the human brain. Brown, who is an anesthesiologist and a statistician, affiliated with both the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University, brought all of it together recently when he delivered the annual Wallace H. Coulter Distinguished Lecture in Biomedical Engineering (BME).

“How many people have had anesthesia before?” Brown asked his audience of more than 130 at the Academy of Medicine at the outset of his lecture, entitled, “Deciphering the Dynamics of the Unconscious Brain Under General Anesthesia.”

When about half the people in the room raised their hands, he said, “well, I picked the right topic then.”

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Donation helps support BME undergraduate students

Marilyn Marks gift supports non-traditional biomedical engineering students

Once upon a time, Marilyn Marks worked at the Georgia Institute of Technology, within the Economic Development Institute. Eventually, she left that job and went to work somewhere else, a typical career arc – things change, we move on, we work. That was more than 20 years ago. But in many ways, she never really left Georgia Tech, and the university never lost its grip on her heart and soul.

Inspired by the work of researchers in Tech’s bio-community, especially those affiliated with the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME), she gave what she could to the university through the years. Her $25 gifts became $100 gifts, and so on. And recently, Marilyn solidified her lasting relationship with Tech, establishing a scholarship that will support non-traditional BME students.

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The Petit Institute Celebrates 20 Years of Interdisciplinary Research

Presidents, founders, leaders, and faculty celebrate 20th anniversary of interdisciplinary research 

The story of the Petit Institute for Bioengineering and Bioscience always has been more about flesh and blood than bricks and mortar. That theme rang clear when the institute hosted a 20th anniversary gala. But there was another theme as well: No one could have predicted the chain reaction that resulted from the human chemistry of 20 years ago, when a group of engineers and scientists came together to form a unique research institute. Along the way, they also started a movement.

“The secret to our success is, it started as a grassroots effort – we liked each other and wanted to interact. It wasn’t imposed upon us by some academic structure,” Sheldon May told a packed Suddath Room and an overflow crowd in the Petit Institute atrium, Tuesday when the institute hosted a 20th anniversary celebration. Pictured above, president emeritus Wayne Clough, Parker H. “Pete” Petit, and president Bud Peterson at the celebration event.

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Emory’s School of Medicine Celebration of Faculty Excellence

Biomedical engineering faculty recognized by Emory University School of Medicine

The week of October 12 - 16, 2015, was designated as Emory Medicine Recognitions Week. Faculty throughout Emory University’s School of Medicine, which includes biomedical engineering (BME) faculty from Georgia Tech and Emory, were recognized and highlighted throughout the week.  Emory’s School of Medicine Celebration of Faculty Excellence award ceremony was held on October 14.

The Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech and Emory had several faculty recognized during the week and at the award event.

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Part Expo, Part Job Interview-Capstone Expo Attracts Recruiters

BME grads grab industry interest at Capstone Design Expo

Twice every year at the Georgia Institute of Technology, senior engineering students showcase their skills and ingenuity at Capstone Design Expos. Successful completion of Capstone Design is a graduation requirement for engineering students and the expos (at the end of fall and spring semesters) at McCamish Pavillion is a chance to show their work to judges, family, friends and anyone else interested in cool new things, and the people who make them. The atmosphere is electric, a carnival of science and technology, a living classroom where dozens of student teams compete for cash prizes and the consideration of attendees like Valorie Kimbrell.

“This is a great opportunity to meet students, to see them talk about their research, see how well they communicate, learn about their involvement in the project,” says Kimbrell, who has been attending Georgia Tech expos for the past several years as the principal talent acquisition specialist for Medtronic, one of the top medical technology companies in the world.

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Building a Better Mobility Device - Two Teams Volunteer

Capstone Design process becomes a family affair

Last July, my wife and I submitted a project idea on behalf of our son, Joe, who was diagnosed as a baby with spastic quadriplegia, a severe form of cerebral palsy. The online form asks for a “clinical need to be addressed.” He’s 14 now and his needs are wide-ranging. So we focused on mobility and proposed a better ‘gait trainer,’ an assistive waking device on wheels for people like Joe who can’t walk independently. The market for pediatric devices is challenging enough and the device we were proposing, with an improved harness and mobility, addresses really specific needs. Since there’s no guarantee that a student Capstone team will take on your project, and since most proposals are submitted by healthcare professionals, biomedical industry members and academic researchers, we didn’t have a lot of expectations.

Then I got an email shortly after fall semester began, from James Rains, professor of practice and director of BME Capstone. Our project had “received quite a bit of student interest,” he wrote. “After additional review we felt that it would be preferable to have two multi-disciplinary teams take a crack at trying to develop a solution.”

Suddenly, we’d gone from a shot in the dark to a double bulls eye.

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