Congratulations to Zachary Baker, Iris Stone, and Brian Schnoor
Congratulations to Zachary Baker who has been selected as a 2017 Goldwater Scholar. His faculty research mentor is Nathalia Peixoto. He is the first Goldwater scholar in Bioengineering and one of only four in Mason’s history so far. Zach was also awarded an NSF REU summer internship at The Johns Hopkins University.
Congratulations to Iris Stone, a student in the Dept. of Physics and Astronomy, who was also selected as a Goldwater Scholar this year. Her research mentor is Patrick Vora, who is an affiliate faculty in Bioengineering.
A list of 2017 Goldwater Scholars can be found here: https://goldwater.scholarsapply.org/2017-scholars-by-institution-state/
Congratulations to Brian Schnoor, who was recently awarded a highly competitive RISE (Research Internships in Science and Engineering) undergraduate internship to work in a research lab in Germany this coming summer. Brian is one of our University Scholars. More information on RISE can be found here:
Bioengineering Convocation 2016
Congratulations to our 2016 graduates! Convocation and the Bioengineering Department reception were held on May 12, 2016. We are proud of everyone’s dedication and hard work! Visit the gallery here.
Mason’s Board of Visitors approves new M.S. in Bioengineering
Nashaat Rasheed Receives 2016 Provost Summer Research Fellowship
Bioengineering Junior Erin Schulte receives Provost Scholar Athlete Award
Bioengineering Students in Guatemala
Volgenau Faculty Awarded Multidisciplinary Research Seed Grants by Provost
- Carolina Salvador-Morales and Juan Cebral, “Engineering novel theranostic devices for cancer treatment using an integrative experimental and simulation approach”
- Nathalia Peixoto, Brenda Bannan, Carryl Baldwin, “Engineering networked tracking devices for smart medical and emergency response training”
- Siddhartha Sikdar and Andrew Guccione, “Effects of intensive task-specific training in patients with spinal cord injury: from physiology to function”
The Students as Scholars QEP Leadership Council has selected Dr. Joiner for the 2015 OSCAR Mentoring Excellence Award
The OSCAR Mentoring Excellence Award, given annually by the Leadership Council, recognizes and rewards outstanding Mason community members who mentor undergraduate students on their research and creative activities, and who foster a culture of student scholarship in support of Mason’s Students as Scholars initiative.
His dedication will be recognized at the Celebration of Student Scholarship on May 5, 2015 in the Center for the Arts. The outstanding undergraduate scholars will be displaying their projects, and speaking about their experiences.
For more information on the program visit the OSCAR website.
Mason Bioengineering faculty honored by American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering
During the upcoming annual meeting of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) on March 15-17, Dr. Juan Cebral of the Mason Department of Bioengineering will be inducted into the AIMBE College of Fellows.
AIMBE’s College of Fellows represent the top 2% of medical and biological engineering (MBE) community. The College of Fellows consists of approximately 1,500 individuals who have made significant contributions to the MBE community whether in academia, industry, or government and their contributions to MBE research, industry practice, and education have transformed the world.
Dr. Juan Cebral has made pioneering contributions in the field of patient-specific computational fluid dynamics modeling of blood flows, and its application to cerebral aneurysms. He has developed advanced image-based computer modeling methodologies that can be used not only for basic research into the underlying mechanisms of aneurysmal disease, but also for the clinical evaluation of intracranial aneurysms and endovascular devices. He has proposed connections between aneurysmal hemodynamic characteristics and subsequent aneurysm rupture, which can be used to identify aneurysms at higher risk of rupture. He has also developed techniques for in silico simulation of endovascular devices such as flow diverters, for the virtual testing of these devices and for selecting the best treatment of a given patient. His work has had a large impact in the aneurysm research community and has motivated many scientific investigations as well as entrepreneurial initiatives. These are important contributions that will help improve the care of patients with cerebral aneurysms.
Engineering Students Fix Equipment in Guatemalan Hospitals
To help solve this dilemma, five George Mason University Volgenau School of Engineering students partnered with Engineering World Health to travel to Guatemala and offer their assistance. The team spent three weeks at Guatemalan hospitals troubleshooting, repairing and, if necessary, disposing of donated medical devices and supplies. Some devices were as simple as an electric fan, others as complicated as an autoclave.
Read more about it here on the GMU News Desk
Christian Koudelka receives Osher Lifelong Learning Institute scholarship
The Department of Bioengineering would like to congratulate Christian Koudelka for his scholarship from the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Christian has demonstrated hard work and commitment to excellence in the classroom and laboratory!
GMU Students take opportunity to study at Postech University in Korea
A group of six GMU students with majors in Engineering, Biology, Math, and Graphic Design (with Bioengineering student Mihret Tafesse) took part in a winter intensive class during the first two weeks of January at the Postech University, in Korea. The class centered around Innovation and Design, included six Korean students, and was led by Drs Seshaiyer (Math) and Peixoto (ECE). The attached picture was taken during the New Year ceremony at Postech, during the first day of classes.
Terry McGowan wins Mason’s Exceptional Support Award!
Each year, George Mason honors its very best with Outstanding Achievement Awards. These awards are given to celebrate the hard work, dedication and achievements of Mason’s faculty and staff across several awards categories. One of these awards is the Exceptional Support Award that is given to:
Employees who provide excellent support for their department and the University to grow and prosper. They are often the ‘go-to’ person in their department providing excellent customer service and ensuring that the functions and operations of their department run smoothly.
We would like to congratulate Terry McGowan, Administrative Assistant/Purchasing Specialist, Department of Bioengineering who was selected to receive this award. She has been with us since 2011 and will be recognized at the 2014 Awards Ceremony that will be held on November 4 from 2:30-4:00 in the Global Grand Ballroom.
Welcome to our New Faculty
Congratulations to Katrina Colucci-Chang for her NASA scholarship and SULI invitation
Katrina Colucci-Chang has been selected to receive a two-year scholarship funded by NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate, NASA Aeronautics Scholarship. This scholarship package includes an academic scholarship for each school year and a mandatory 10 week Summer 2015 internship to be conducted at a NASA center performing aeronautics research. Congratulations!
Besides the NASA scholarship she was also selected to participate in the Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) from the Department of Energy at the Ames National Laboratory at Ames, Iowa.
Congratulations to Alireza Akhavian
Alireza Akhavian is a graduate student associated with the Bioengineering Department and researching methods to ameliorate seizures in rodent models. To see for details on his The John C. and Louise P. Wood Graduate Scholarship: http://alumni.gmu.edu/s/1564/GID2/index.aspx?sid=1564&gid=2&pgid=501
Read Dr. Sikdar’s article published in the Journal of Visualized Experiments
Dr. Siddartha Sikdar’s team uses cutting edge imaging technology for joint movement, effecting a new and promising way to study osteoarthritis.
Read his article published here: “Osteoarthritis and the (not so) painful step toward understanding”
Congratulations to Drs. Lynn Gerber, Jay Shah and Siddartha Sikdar!
Check out this article in the Health and Science section of the Washington Post (June 18th) Click Here!
Congratulations to Von Botteicher and Emily Eastlake for their “Distinguished Academic Achievement and Commitment to Scholarship” departmental award.
One PhD position is available in Salvador-Morales Lab (Department of Bioengineering, GMU) in the area of Nanotechnology.
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Congratulations to our July and August Faculty Award and Grant recipients Dr. Joseph Pancrazio, Dr. Carolina Salvador Morales and Dr. Nathalia Peixoto
Joe Pancrazio Receives Funding from Excet & U.S. Army
Joe Pancrazio of the Bioengineering Department received $20K from Excet, Inc. and the U.S. Army for his project “Electrophysiological Analyses of Human Neural Progenitor Cells”. 8/16/2013
Carolina Salvador Morales Receives Funding from NSF
Carolina Salvador Morales of the Bioengineering Department received $74K from the National Science Foundation for her project “Exploring the Role of Polymer Thermodynamics in the Formation of Patches on Polymer-Core-Shell Particles”. 8/2/2013
Nathalia Peixoto Receives Funding from NSF
Nathalia Peixoto of the Electrical & Computer Engineering Department received $6K from the National Science Foundation for her project “BECS: Pattern-Steering in Nonlinear Dynamical Networks”. 8/2/2013
Joe Pancrazio Receives Funding from NIH
Joe Pancrazio of the Bioengineering Department received $172K from NIH for his project “U13: Neural Interfaces Conference”. 7/26/2013
The University of Technology, Sydney, in Australia is offering a direct exchange program!
The partnership is based on an MOU that allows for undergraduate and/or graduate exchange (one semester or one full academic year) from each institution to spend time at the other. The Direct Exchange agreement, as it is called, is a very economic option for students since the bulk price of this sort of study abroad, tuition, is still paid at the student’s home institution (in-state tuition payers still pay in-state tuition to Mason, out-of-state tuition payers still pay out-of-state tuition to Mason, and Australian students pay their normal tuition at UTS to UTS). Students do have to pay some things, i.e., housing, health insurance, airfare, etc., but with the direct exchange model, a semester abroad is really within reach for many.
Here is an example of one of the Medical Engineering programs for undergraduates: http://www.handbook.uts.edu.au/courses/c10075.html
Any students who may be interested in participating in this exchange should be in contact with Daria Dmitrievna Stepanova (email@example.com), the Direct Exchange coordinator for the program.
Katrina Nguyen is accepted to Children’s National Medical Center’s summer internship
Cameron Grady is accepted to the NIH Summer Internship Program
Kathryn Radom gets 2013 Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship
Dr. Burke at Focused Ultrasound Symposium in Bethesda on October 16th
PhD students present at EMBC
Khalid Al-Muhanna, Avinash Eranki and Diego Turo presented their posters at the EMBC end of August in San Diego. Khalid and Avinash work as PhD students under the supervision of Dr. Siddartha Sikdar, Assistant Professor for Bioengineering and Electrical and Computer Engineering at Mason and Diego Turo works with Dr. Sikdar as a Postdoctoral Fellow. The EMBC averages about 2000 attendees per year. All of them enjoyed the opportunity to present, network and meet several key note speakers and share some of their research ideas with them.
Dr. Wilsaan Joiner receives prestigious grant from NIH
Wilsaan Joiner of the Bioengineering and Electrical & Computer Engineering Departments received $977K from the National Institutes of Health for his project “Role of the saccadic eye-movement corollary discharge in stable visual perception”.
This is the first time a faculty member from the Volgenau School has received a NIH Pathway to Independence K99/R00 award, an award that is widely considered to be highly competitive and prestigious.
Bioengineering’s First Graduating Student
Bioengineering Senior Design Team selected for RESNA Student Design Competition
2011 Mason Emerging Researcher/Scholar/Creator Award goes to Dr. Siddartha Sikdar, Dr. Peter Leeson and Dr. Qiliang Li
Siddhartha Sikdar, a member on the bioengineering and electrical and computer engineering faculty, has since 2008 held an appointment at the Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study. His research interests are in the development and clinical translation of new diagnostic ultrasound imaging techniques and applications, and the application of bioengineering concepts, tools, and techniques.
Sikdar has forged a number of external and internal collaborations, foremost among them a partnership with Lynn Gerber, MD, director of the Center for the Study of Chronic Illness and Disability. He earned his bachelor of technology degree in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India, and an MS and a PhD in electrical engineering from the University of Washington, Seattle. In 2010, Sikdar was recognized by the National Science Foundation with a CAREER award.
BENG Students received URSP support
Congratulations to our students who successfully competed for Undergraduate Research Scholars Program support:
- Von Botteicher (Bioengineering) is working with Professor Siddhartha Sikdar (Bioengineering and Electrical & Computer Engineering) on “Detecting Brain Micromotion and Its Effect on an Implanted Electrode Using Diagnostic Ultrasound”.
- Michelle Samra (Electrical Engineering – Bioengineering Concentration) is working with Professor Carolina Salvador Morales (Bioengineering) on “Construction of an Electrophoretic Image Display Based on Particles”.
- Xue Yin (Bioengineering) is working with Professor Carolina Salvador Morales (Bioengineering) on “Synthesis of Microparticles Loaded with Magnetic Iron Oxide Nanoparticles and Targeting Moiety as a New Diagnostic Imaging Vehicle”.
For more information on the URSP, http://oscar.gmu.edu/students/ursp.cfm , Undergraduate Research Scholars Program (URSP) :: Students as Scholars :: George Mason University , oscar.gmu.edu
High School students mentored by Prof. Rangwala are regional finalists in Siemens Competition
Congrats to Eric (Ye) Tao and Marvin Qian, high school students at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science & Technology who are in the Regional Finals for the Siemens Competition. The team is mentored by Professor Huzefa Rangwala of the Computer Science Dept. The project is related to the modeling of solenoid proteins using machine learning approaches.
They will compete at the regional event held at Georgia Tech University (Nov 3-5, 2011) for a place in the national competition.
From the competition web-site & FCPS News Release:
Profs. Joe Pancrazio (PI), Nathalia Peixoto (co-PI) and Robert Smith (co-PI), received $604,712 from an anticipated total funding of $3.2 million from SSC/DOD
Please join me in congratulating Profs. Joe Pancrazio (PI), Chair of the Bioengineering Department, Nathalia Peixoto, of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, and Robert Smith, Chair of the Psychology Department, who received $604,712 from an anticipated total funding of $3,234,626 from the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center (SSC) Pacific for his project “Biocompatibility of Advanced Materials of Brain Interfaces (BAMBI)”. The period of performance is 11/14/2011 to 11/13/2013.
Dr. Daniel A. Menasce
Senior Associate Dean and Professor of Computer Science Volgenau School of Engineering, Long and Kimmy Nguyen Engineering Building, Room 2510, MS 5C8
Trapollo, LLC, Partners with George Mason University Bioengineering Department
The Bioengineering Department established a new partnership with Herndon, Virginia-based Trapollo, LLC, a healthcare services company working to deploy large scale telehealth monitoring technology to develop novel biomedical monitoring technology.
The technology under development will enable high-resolution thermal imaging of tissue to aid in home management of at-risk patients. The Bioengineering Department, the Volgenau school’s newest department, is supporting senior undergraduate design teams to utilize tools and concepts in engineering to solve problems in biomedicine. Through this partnership, students will gain invaluable experience in collaborating with the private biomedical technology sector while making significant contributions that have the potential to improve health care delivery for citizens of Virginia and the nation. You can learn more about Trapollo online at www.trapollo.com.
Profs. Nathalia Peixoto (PI) and Vasiliki Ikonomidou (co-PI) receive $125K from NSF
Profs. Nathalia Peixoto (PI) and Vasiliki Ikonomidou (co-PI), of the Electrical Engineering Department and affiliated faculty in the Bioengineering Department, received $125,000 from NSF for their project titled: “GARDE : EQUALS: Enhancing Quality of Life of Student through senior designs”. The period of performance is 1/1/12 – 12/31/16
Professor Siddhartha Sikdar receives $49K from the Department of Vetrans Affairs
Please join me in congratulating Professor Siddhartha Sikdar from our Bioengineering and Electrical and Computer Engineering Departments who received $48,580.00 from the Department of Veteran Affairs for his project “Asymptomatic Carotid Stenosis: Cognitive Function and Plaque Correlates (ACCOF)”. The anticipated funding is $194,392.00 and the period of performance is April 1, 2011 through March 31, 2012.