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Michelle Wolf BME Alumna

BME/MSE alumna Michelle Wolf is featured in the 2021 Forbes 30 Under 30 for her creation of an edible, sustainable alternative to shrimp. Michelle Wolf cofounded New Wave Foods in 2015 to promote healthy and sustainable eating. The company produces a plant-based shrimp alternative made from seaweed, and is in the final stages of a $15 million Series A funding round. Tyson Ventures announced an investment in the company in September 2019. New Wave's shrimp will launch in restaurants and food service locations in 2021.


The team of undergraduate students, Quinn Gaughan (BME/MechE), Amanda Lee (BME/ChemE), Shanley Lenart (BME/Chem E), Rachel Sneeringer (BME/MechE), Isabella Vendetti (BME/ChemE), and Eliza Pratt (Design), has been selected as the Third Place Winners for the ASAIO (American Society for Artificial and Internal Organs) 2020 Student Design Competition for their project, efemoral. The team developed the project as part of the BME Capstone Course. The team’s clinical advisor was Mark Wholey, MD. efemoral is a temporary, less than six hours, percutaneous external microaxial perfusion pump used to mitigate critical limb ischemia (CLI). CLI results from blockages in arteries that impair blood flow to limbs and is an increasingly prevalent issue in healthcare.

Barb Shinn-Cunningham

Prof. Barbara Shinn-Cunningham is a 2020 co-recipient of the Bernice Grafstein Award for Outstanding Accomplishments in Mentoring from the Society for Neuroscience. The award recognizes individuals who are dedicated to promoting women’s advancement in the field of neuroscience and who have made outstanding accomplishments in mentoring. Check out more.

departmental awards

The Department of Biomedical Engineering is excited to announce the Departmental Awards for the 2019-2020 academic year. The awards recognize outstanding academic and research achievements. All the awardees demonstrated hard work, excellence in research, leadership, and involvement in campus activities. Check out the details

Rosalyn Abbott

Prof. Rosalyn Abbott has been selected the 2020-2021 Provost’s Inclusive Teaching Fellows (PITF). Sponsored by the Provost and administered by the Eberly Center, this program aims to enhance diversity, equity, and inclusion in CMU courses. In particular, Prof. Abbott has been working on redesigning Introduction to Biomedical Engineering, a course aimed at first-year students before they have chosen a specialty in Engineering. See further details

BME Forum

The third Carnegie Mellon Forum on Biomedical Engineering was held virtually at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh during September 18-19, 2020 and attracted approximately 800 registrants from all over the world, who attended various sessions during the 2-days event. This year's virtual event had 21 keynote and plenary lectures and 91 selected E-poster video presentations. A panel of judges from multiple institutions reviewed and selected 7 posters for Outstanding Poster Awards. A People’s Choice Award chosen by all voting participants via Whova. Check out more.

Conrad Zapanta

Associate Department Head and Teaching Professor Conrad Zapanta published an education innovation article on the support of a remote-only biomedical engineering design capstone course in the inaugural issue of Biomedical Engineering Education, a new journal introduced by the Biomedical Engineering Society. Co-authors include TAs Erica Comber, Andrew Hudson and Melanie Loppnow.

Howie Choset

Prof. Howie Choset has joined the Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence (GPAI), an international group founded this year by the United States and 14 other nations to shape a global agenda on how best to use AI to benefit society. Choset was invited by the White House's Office of Science and Technology Policy to join the group as one of a handful of U.S. experts. Choset belongs to the GPAI's Working Group on Responsible AI and participates in its AI and Pandemic Response subgroup. Choset said a major meeting on AI and COVID-19 is being planned for this December in Montreal. Check out the details.

conrad zapanta

BME Prof. Conrad Zapanta has been elected a Fellow of the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES). Fellow status is awarded to members who demonstrate outstanding achievements in the field of biomedical engineering, and who also have a record of membership and participation in the Society.

yuli wang

BME Prof. Yu-li Wang has been elected to the 2020 Class of Fellows of the International Academy of Medical and Biological Engineering (IAMBE). The IAMBE Fellows are nominated by current Fellows, evaluated by the Membership Committee, and elected by all active Fellows. The election to the Academy represents recognition of distinguished contributions to and leadership in the field of medical and biological engineering at an international level. 

bob tilton

BME Prof. Robert Tilton has been awarded the Benjamin Richard Teare Teaching Award. The Teare Teaching Award is given to a faculty member within the College of Engineering to recognize excellence in engineering education in the areas of teaching and/or educational innovation and educational leadership. 


BME Special Faculty, Dr. Kai Yu, got his grant proposal, entitled “Functional Imaging Guided Transcranial Focused Ultrasound for Neuromodulation at Human Motor Cortex” approved by Samuel and Emma Winters Foundation for funding in the amount of $10,000. The purpose of the grant is to further develop and test functional imaging guided transcranial focused ultrasound for modulating human motor cortex.


BME PhD student Saigopalakrishna "Sai" Yerneni, co-advised by Profs. Phil Campbell and Lee Weiss, is one of the 10 international recipients of Young Investigator Award for Ph.D. Training from the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR). Sai will attend and present his research at the European Calcified Tissue Society's (ECTS) workshop on bone and calcium metabolism during June 23-25, 2020. ASBMR-ECTS selection committee has chosen the recipients of this competitive award based on individual achievements and potential for future success.

Eni Halilaj

Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering, Eni Halilaj, has won the American Society of Biomechanics Young Scientist Award. The award will be presented at this year’s ASB meeting in August.

Stefanie Sydlik

Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Biomedical Engineering, Stefanie Sydlik, has been selected by the World Economic Forum (WEF) as part of the 2020 Community of Young Scientists. The Forum's Young Scientists community recognizes scientific rising stars under the age of 40 who are pursuing high-impact research. See further details.


BME PhD student Erica Comber, advised by Prof. Keith Cook, has been awarded the 2020 Mara H. Wasburn Early Engineering Educator Grant by the Women in Engineering Division (WIED) of the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE). The award covers expenses associated with Erica’s presenting her research at the 2020 ASEE conference. Erica has served as a teaching assistant for BME senior design for two years, working under Prof. Conrad Zapanta. Her education research at CMU aims to provide students with a capstone design course that mimics the work dynamic between Biomedical Engineers and Industrial Designers in the medical device industry.


US News ranking

In the recently released U.S. News & World Report (USNWR) rankings report, the Carnegie Mellon Biomedical Engineering Department is ranked a top 17 program for graduate-level biomedical engineering in the U.S. The Department is part of the top-4 ranked College of Engineering, and saw a jump in its USNWR rankings for a second year in a row, a testament to the department’s commitment to innovation and excellence in its graduate education and research.


Profs. Christopher Bettinger, Kris Dahl, and Jessica Zhang have been elected to the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE)’s College of Fellows, Class of 2020. The fellowship is an honorific designation, and fellows are expected to contribute to AIMBE’s critical mission to advance excellence and advocate for the medical and biological engineering fields. Check out the details.


BME PhD students, Anna KalmykovDaniel San Roman (advised by Prof. Tzahi Cohen-Karni) and Piyumi Wijesekara Kankanange (advised by Prof. Charlie Ren) participated at this year's McGowan Scientific Retreat held on March 9th and 10th. Anna and Daniel won 1st and 3rd place respectively in the poster competition, while Piyumi won 2nd place at the Regenerative Medicine Technology Pitch Competition.

rebecca taylor

Prof. Rebecca Taylor received National Science Foundation CAREER Award to support her research on nanostructures made using an artificially synthesized DNA-mimicking polymer. The goal of the project is to understand how complex nanostructures can be built with a synthetic DNA-mimic and how the solvent and chemical modifications relate to the resulting form of the structures. See further details.


Prof. Jana Kainerstorfer has delivered a plenary talk at this year’s SPIE Photonics West Conference which took place on February 1-6, 2020 in San Francisco, CA. Prof. Kainerstorfer presented her research in the Neurotechnologies Plenary Session on noninvasive monitoring of intracranial pressure and neurovascular coupling. Annually the conference is attended by more than 22,000 people being the premier event for the photonics and laser communities. Professionals from all over the world come to hear cutting-edge research, find the latest products and services, and network with thousands of other like-minded individuals. Check out the details.

phd students

Congratulations to BME PhD students, Jacqueline Scott (advised by Prof. Keith Cook) and Wai Hoe Ng (advised by Prof. Charlie Ren) who won 1st place in clinical and 2nd place in basic categories respectively at the American Heart Association’s 28th Annual Fellows Research Day (FRD) that took place on January 17, 2020. FRD is a conference designed to allow young investigators the experience of presenting their own work to their peers in a professional environment. The event highlights the importance of cardiovascular related research and encourages beginning scientists to pursue these types of careers.

student awards

Congratulations to three BME students for being selected as the recipients of a Presidential Fellowships (Jaci Bliley and Zhengxiang Cai) and a Neil and Jo Bushnell Fellowship in Engineering (Anna Kalmykov) by the College of Engineering at Carnegie Mellon. Your awards reflect your outstanding work in Biomedical Engineering. Good luck with your future accomplishments!

(left to right Jaci Bliley, Zhengxiang Cai, Anna Kalmykov)


Prof. Robert Murphy has been elevated to fellow status in the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the world's largest technical professional organization. Fellow status is a distinction reserved for select members who have demonstrated extraordinary accomplishments in an IEEE field of interest. The IEEE cited Murphy "for contributions to machine learning algorithms for biological images." See further details.


CMU Alumni, Doug Bernstein (BME/MechE) and Jamie Quinterno (Business and History), founders of PECA Labs, named Forbes 30 under 30 for 2020. The company manufactures cardiovascular devices for children with heart defects that can be adjusted without invasive surgery, instead of requiring multiple open-heart surgeries over the years to replace devices as children grow. Check out the details.


Prof. Aryn Gittis has been awarded a grant from The Michael J. Fox Foundation to advance her research on new treatment methods for Parkinson’s disease. Under the grant, Gittis will collaborate with the University of Minnesota’s Jing Wang to test electrical stimulation protocols. Check out the details


BME faculty Prof. Marlene Behrmann has been awarded the Fred Kavli Distinguished Career Contributions award.The Fred Kavli Distinguished Career award honors senior cognitive neuroscientists for their distinguished career, leadership and mentoring in the field of cognitive neuroscience. This award is sponsored by the Kavli Foundation. Behrmann will deliver the Fred Kavli Distinguished Career Contributions Lecture on Saturday, March 14, 2020 in Boston, Mass. See further details.


BME Prof. Elizabeth Wayne gives her Brief but Spectacular talk on the power of images in science and life. In her career, this means not only innovating new ways of showing people what happens in the body, but also, being a minority woman in the sciences with the importance of representation and remaining a role model for others.  Check out the details.