- BME MS student Stephanie Beels and fellow members of the team "The Pittsburgh Pascals" won the first place of the 2016 United States Association for Energy Economics Case Competition, where Ms. Beels conducted health risk analysis for Saudi Arabia to move toward renewable energy.
- Prof. Yu-li Wang is awarded with a National Institutes of Health R01 grant entitled "Mechanical Regulation of Cell Migration". The project is to apply engineering approaches to understand how cell migration is affected by the input and output of mechanical signals under normal and diseased conditions.
- The Department of Biomedical Engineering has moved into its new home in the Sherman & Joyce Bowie Scott Hall, which has been under construction since 2012. The location and design of the building, based on innovative concepts to promote interactions, collaborations, and resource sharing, are expected to greatly boost the research and education missions of the Department.
- The research of Prof. Chris Bettinger on ingestible medical devices is described recently in Wired and Chicago Tribune. Prof. Bettinger has addressed a major obstacle of these devices by inventing a biocompatible ("edible') battery based on the ingenious use of pigment molecules found in squids (read the article).
- Prof. Byron Yu is awarded with the Gerard G. Elia Career Development Professorship in Engineering, for his outstanding research in neural engineering and neural computation.
- Sanna Gaspard, Ph.D. 2011, CEO of a startup company Rubitection, has successfully leveraged her Ph.D. research for entrepreneurship. The company, one of the finalists of 2015 HITLAB World Cup, has developed a handheld device for the early detection of bedsore, a condition that affects nearly 2.5 million patients (read the story).
- Prof. Dennis Trumble received a $1.2M NIH R01 grant, entitled "A Non-Blood Contacting Muscle Powered VAD for Chronic Circulatory Support", to develop an implantable device for providing tether free circulatory support while minimizing blood damage in patients who suffer from congestive heart failure.