July 7, 2012 – Engineering World Health Fundraiser
EWH invited members of the Orange County Asian Professionals (OCAP) and supporters of Giving Back to the Kids to host a fundraiser to help support EWH activities for the upcoming academic year. We are grateful that OCAP celebrated their 4th anniversary by giving back to the UCI community! It was a night of dancing, games, wine tasting, and raffles. Thanks OCAP members for supporting Engineering World Health at UCI!
May 19, 2012 – UROP Symposium.
The Infant CPAP team give an oral presentation at the annual UROP symposium. The oxygen analyzer team also presented their poster.
May 17, 2012 – 2nd annual Engineering World Health Welcome Event 2012 & BEST awards reception.
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 then served. External hard drives from Western Digital were raffled off 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
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
April 24, 2012 – Guest Speaker Ben Fleishman from EWH spoke about Engineering World Health Summer Institute.
Ben Fleishman is the Summer Institute Coordinator of EWH. Ben joined EWH in November 2011 after working in Tanzania as an on the ground coordinator for the Summer Institute. He is an alumni of the 2009 Tanzania Summer Institute and held leadership roles in Engineers With Out Borders at Clemson University, where he received his BS in BioEngineering in 2009. Alex Dahinten is an engineering intern who joined EWH in August 2011 and is responsible for Kits, curriculum development and any relating publicity. After graduating in 2010 from Imperial College London with a degree in Biomedical Engineering, Alex spent a year as Deputy President (Education) at the Imperial College Student Union. Thank you Ben and Alex for your valuable information about EWH goals and visiting us anteaters!
April 23, 2012 – EWH Fundraiser at Veggie Grill
VeggieGrill donated 50% of sales on the evening of April 23rd. Thanks to everyone for their support!
March 23, 2012 – The BEST competition kickoff meeting
The kickoff meeting was an info session for the Biomedical Engineering Student Team competition to design a diagnostic instrument for the developing world. The meeting included gifts (My Passport hard drives) to each of the teams from Western Digital for the STEM education. Thank you Western Digital. A total of 16 teams with over 60 students involved have registered for the competition with proposals due in April and the awards reception scheduled in May.
March 16, 2012 – Winter Design Review
The oxygen analyzer and infant CPAP team have presentations and poster sessions during the annual Winter Design Review. The oxygen analyzer team receives one of the “Dean’s Choice” honors. Congrats!
February, 2012 – Engineering Career Tech Fair
November 2011 – General Meeting
2011 – EWH at UCI Officers for the 2011-2012 academic year
President – Arlene Doria
Vice President – Mark Anthony Francisco
VP Finance (Treasurer) – Jigar Shah
VP Communications (Communications Officer) – Jessica Lim
VP Administration (Secretary) – Sonia Kaushal (not pictured)
2011 Senior Design!
Congrats on graduation!!!
May 23-27, 2011 – Thirsty for Change (Clean Water Awareness Week) with WHOS, EWB, UNICEF and EWH
The World Health Organization of Students at UCI hosted a Clean Water Awareness Week at the UCI flagpoles with help from UCI campus organizations: Engineers without Borders, UNICEF, and Engineering World Health. Thirsty for Change was a week long event which included a wall of water facts to promote awareness of health facts related to water issues. EWH’s water poster summarizing engineering solutions in water filtration was showcased. On thursday May 26, 2011, esteemed professors Cooper and Famiglietti gave a talk about their work and important water quality issues around the globe.
May 14, 2011 – Water Quality Monitoring with EWH and the Orange County CoastKeepers
EWH at UCI understands that global health is intimately tied with access to clean water. Half of the world’s hospitalizations are due to water related diseases (Source: water.org). Volunteering was initiated to learn more about water quality testing. EWH at UCI worked with the Orange County CoastKeepers (OCC) on May 14, 2011. EWH participants were trained on water quality testing and teams were assigned nearby locations to go perform on-site testing. Samples were brought back to the OCC office for bacterial testing using the IDEXX method. We thank Ray Hiemstra from OCC for providing a very informative training session and providing insight about water quality and conservation.
May 4, 2011 – EWH attendance at Engage UCI, a celebration of community collaboration
Our EWH Mission Poster was accepted at Engage UCI to be a part of a celebration of engaged research, teaching/learning, and service. On May 4, 2011, Engage UCI showcased work from UCI students, faculty, campus organizations, and community partners and explored new opportunities for campus-community collaborations.
April 16, 2011 – EWH at Wayzgoose with the Tibetan Association of Southern California
One of EWH at UCI’s mission is to promote awareness of the health care status of various regions of the developing world around the globe. In particular, regions in Tibet suffer from a high infant mortality rate according to OneHeartTibet.org. On April 16, 2011, EWH at UCI represented at Wayzgoose with the Tibetan Association of Southern California (TASC). In an effort to spread awareness and cultural diversity, we volunteered to help TASC sell Tibetan food while enjoying club performances in Aldrich Park. We thank TASC members for preparing food and coming down to celebrate UCI in this annual festival.
April 6, 2011 – ESU Kit Building
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. We are very thankful to Dr. Abe Lee and Dr. Mark Bachman for allowing the kit building session to take place in the lab space in Calit2 and letting us borrow lab equipment.
April 6, 2011 – Welcome Event
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. Check out our first EWH press release posted on the Henry Samueli School of Engineering website.
Dr. Ogunseitan was our esteemed guest speaker for our Welcome Event on April 6, 2011. Here is an abstract of his talk: From Haiti to Japan: The Convergence of Engineering and Global Health – Two Earthquakes, barely a year apart, one in January 2010 in Haiti and the other in March 2011 in Japan triggered two of the largest global responses to a local disasters in history. The aftermath of the disasters ushered in public health threats that transcend national boundaries. In Haiti, the outbreak of cholera, imported by humanitarian workers from Asia, was aided by poor engineered infrastructures for potable water and sewage treatment – the pre-industrial development risk factor that plagues many economically impoverished countries. Whereas, in Japan, the outbreak of radioactive contamination of food, water, air, and people resulting from damaged nuclear reactors, was aided by inadequate engineering infrastructures to predict and respond to disasters of the magnitude experienced. Dr. Ogunseitan discussed these examples and the conjoined fates of engineering and public health broadly, and the implications for global health particularly. Dr. Ogunseitan concluded with a discussion of specific engineering innovations that can aid disease prevention and health care delivery, from the bench to the bedside and to the population in developing countries. We thank Dr. Ogunseitan on a fascinating and inspired talk to help mobilize engineers and the UCI community to take on challenging problems.
March 11, 2011 – EWH Senior Design Teams – Winter Critical Design Review
On March 11, 2001 for the Winter Critical Design Review, senior design teams for BME 180 showcased posters and demos of their product development projects and presented to a panel of reviewers including industry representatives, faculty, and staff. The projects were for an infant CPAP, an oxygen analyzer, and an infant respiratory monitor. EWH teams were one of the strongest teams presenting in terms of technical details, overall presentation, and insightful Q/A responses. Congratulations on a job well done!
January 22, 2011 – EWH Senior Design Teams – Innovation Camp
The Innovation Camp on January 22, 2011 had the EWH Senior Design teams presenting to a panel of design experts (DD Studio) who examined each of the projects and helped with creative ideas. The projects were for an infant CPAP, an oxygen analyzer, and an infant respiratory monitor.
Fall Quarter 2010 - Founding members of Engineering World Health at UCI
Maulik Patel, Arlene Doria, Meghan Cozzens, Mindy Simon, and Moritz Winkler founded EWH at UCI in the Fall Quarter 2010. The biomedical engineering department generously provided funding to support the registration of our new chapter. EWH at UCI worked closely with Dr. William Tang to include EWH projects into the senior design course BME 180. We thank Dr. Tang for his tremendous support in allowing students to work on important projects and allowing graduate students to mentor the CPAP and the oxygen analyzer project. We thank Glen Rabito from Edward’s LifeSciences for mentoring the infant respiratory monitor project. Finally, we thank our faculty advisor, Dr. Abraham Lee, for opening up his lab to allow students to work on EWH projects.