This year’s EWH senior design team has received an Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) grant for the project on Smartphone Analyzer of Microfluidic Agglutination. This year’s team consists of Emma J. Gallarza, Max Mao, Jennifer Lee, and Albert Q. Truong with Arlene Doria as their project mentor and Dr. William Tang as the faculty advisor. The team has been appointed as UROP Fellows at UCI for the 2012-2013 academic year. Congratulations!
Over 70 people attended the Welcome Event on May, 17th 2012. The evening began with an introduction of Engineering World Health by the current president of EWH at UCI, Arlene Doria. Then, the chair of Biomedical Engineering, Dr. Abraham Lee, gave an inspiring talk on his thoughts on how engineers can contribute to the advancement of global health. Dinner from the PizzaBakery was served followed by a raffle of external hard drives from Western Digital to 5 lucky winners. Thank you to Western Digital for their continued support of STEM education.
The final highlight of the evening culminated in the revelation of the top 5 proposals of the Biomedical Engineering Student Team (BEST) competition of which 16 teams with over 60 students were initially registered in. The submitted proposals were scored against 4 categories: a) Diagnostic Function (technical merit), b) Low Cost, c) Ease of Use/Developing World Deployment & d) Business Implementation. The top 5 winners were:
1st place champion ($2000) – MedDetect Design
2nd place finalist ($1000) – Engineered Immediate Response (EIR) Diagnostics
3rd place finalist ($500) – The Davaman Diagnostics -REME-D
4th place – Diagnosis of Neonatal Sepsis
5th place – Biomedical Civil Business
Hung-Chun (Jason) Chen
We extend a warm thank you to the Orange County section of IEEE-Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (Dr. William Tang, Chair of OC EMBS, & Dr. John Collins, Chair of OC IEEE) for sponsoring the design competition. Also thank you to the competition judges including Dr. Oladele Ogunseitan (Chair of Public Health), Dr. G.P. Li (Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and Director of Calit2 and INRF), Dr. Tang, and Dr. Collins. Congratulations to all the winners and all teams in recognition of their efforts to improve global health!
Testimonials from the judges about the competition and the award winners:
“The clear top 5 winners – they are very, very good,” Dr. Tang.
“This is an excellent program. I am delighted that all the reviewers agree more or less on the exceptionally strong entries,” Dr. Ogunseitan.
“Yes, I agree with Dele that the entries are exceptional,” Dr. Collins.
You are cordially invited to the 2nd annual EWH Welcome Event 2012!
THE EVENT: The event will take place in the Student Center South, Balboa Island A (level 4) on May 17th starting at 6:30pm. Come learn more about our goals and the progress of our projects. The chair of Biomedical Engineering, Dr. Abraham Lee, will be giving a short talk on his thoughts on how students can contribute to the advancement of global health. Dinner, prizes, and the results of the Biomedical Engineering Student Team (BEST) competition will also be revealed!
THE GOAL: Engineering World Health at UCI strives to mobilize the UCI community to improve the quality of health care in vulnerable communities. We are looking to promote awareness of EWH goals and to increase student membership. Participation at EWH at UCI is open to all UCI students, faculty, and staff of any department and the local community. Join us and see how you can help contribute to the cause!
BEST COMPETITION: The results of the BEST design competition will be presented at the event. Come join us in celebrating the teams and their hard efforts in designing a diagnostic device that can be used to improve healthcare in the developing world.
FREE FOOD: Free dinner will be provided at a first come, first serve basis from the Pizza Bakery.
PRIZES: Raffle tickets for prizes will also be handed to the first 100 guests. You must be present to claim your prize if you win.
VOLUNTEERS: We are also looking for volunteers to help with the setup and clean up. Please contact us if you are interested.
Guest Speaker, Ben Fleishman, from EWH will be speaking about Engineering World Health Summer Institute. Want to learn to rebuild broken medical equipment while learning a new language and culture abroad? Come join us Tuesday April 24th 5-6pm at Calit2 Room 3008! Snacks will be provided.
A great talk about global health was held at Duke some weeks ago by Jose Gomez Marquez In 2009, Jose was selected to Technology Review’s T35, which also named him Humanitarian of the Year. In 2011 he was named a TED Fellow. Born and raised in Honduras he currently lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
The talk can now be seen at any time here.
Just skip ahead by 13 minutes to see it start.
Introducing the Biomedical Engineering Student Team (BEST) Competition!
IEEE EMBS and EWH are sponsoring the first annual medical device design competition in the 2011-2012 academic year. This year’s goal is to design a medical diagnostic device that is portable and low cost and is suitable for low resource settings such as in the developing world. The diagnostic device should address a developing world health issue (for example, malaria, tuberculosis, HIV, etc.) All undergraduate and graduate students are welcome to join! For more details, visit the Design Competition page.
Congratulations to the Oxygen Analyzer and the Infant CPAP team for getting UROP funding! The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) Faculty Advisory Board has recommended appointments two both BME senior design teams as UROP Fellows at UCI for the 2011-2012 academic year. The “Zinc-Air Battery Based Oxygen Analyzer” and the “Infant Continuous Positive Airway Pressure” projects are under the supervision of Dr. Michelle Khine, Ms. Arlene Doria, and Mr. Matt Ficinski.
Engineering World Health at UCI will be attending the Anteater Involvement fair on Monday, September 19, 2011 during Welcome Week 2011. We will be located in booth 164 in Aldrich Park near the Engineering area. Stop by our booth to learn more about the activities we will be involved with in the 2011-2012 academic year! Hope to see you there!
On April 6, 2011, the kit building session was a great success producing seven electrosurgical unit testers that were all functional. These kits will be sent back to EWH headquarters for a final QC check before being delivered to hospitals in developing areas. Roughly 100 people attended EWH at UCI’s Welcome Event including 69% undergrads, 19% grads, and faculty and industry representatives. Although most antendees were BMEs, we had guests ranging from Bio Sci, Pol Sci, Electrical Eng, Environ Eng, Mechanical Eng, Chemical Eng, Psychology, ICS, and Public Health. We are extremely happy in UCI’s community involvement in our chapter events.
Our EWH senior design team and two past winners of the BEST competition have achieved top honors at the recent Winter Design Review and have been invited to the Ingenuity showcase this May. Come support all the top design teams for global health diagnostics!