November 18, 2015
A team of eight Johns Hopkins undergraduate biomedical engineering students were awarded first place and a prize of $25,000 by judges of the 2015 Retail and Health Innovation Challenge held at Wake Forest University School of Business in Winston-Salem, NC.
The BME entrepreneurs — Haley Huang, Tom Catullo, Barbara Kim, Stephen Johannesson, Esteban Urias, Eric Chiang, Anshul Subramanya, and Tony Sun — have created a simple, innovative solution for the problem of puncturing the spinal cord during revision spinal surgery. This specialized surgical device, Separatec, was designed to minimize the risk of leaking spinal fluid in the thin membrane surrounding nerves in the spinal column, especially when scar tissue from previous surgeries is present.
The Separatec surgical instrument tip incorporates key design features that make use of the tool safer for the patient, easy for surgeons to use, and more effective than the current standard of care. It is expected that use of Separatec will decrease the occurrence of cerebrospinal fluid leaks, expedite patient recovery, and decrease surgical expense.
Congratulations to the team and best of luck in their business venture: BHEST Medical LLC. Read the full article.
November 4, 2015
Congratulations to Lexie (Alexis) Scholtz who submitted the winning 2015 JHU BME t-shirt design. The annual t-shirt competition is hosted by BMES that is open to the whole undergraduate BME body. Design requirements include use of “Johns Hopkins University” or “JHU”, and “Biomedical Engineering” or “BME.” The winning design was selected on based on the results of a month-long online survey.
Lexie will receive a gift card, the printed t-shirt, and will have her design unveiled at the BMES Winter Social. The shirts will be sold at the BMES Olympics on Dec. 6th.
In addition, BMES is printing a special run of shirts commemorating Dr. David Yue. View larger photo of Dr. David Yue commemorative t-shirt.
October 13, 2015
BME undergrad team named finalist in 2015 Collegiate Inventors Competition with their entry of a uterine contraction monitor
A BME undergraduate team has been named a finalist in the 2015 Collegiate Inventors Competition with their entry of the TocoTrack, a low-cost uterine contraction monitor. The device, designed to assist midwives in diagnosing labor complications, measures muscle stiffness and can filter out other movements, such as the patient’s breathing. The work is conducted within the Center for Bioengineering Innovation and Design.
The biomedical engineering undergraduate team, Malvi Hemani, Melissa Lin, Kunal Patel, and Huilei Wang, Jason Park, Yunchan Chen, Nolan Benner, and Wooyang Son, worked under the guidance of Dr. Robert Allen. They have already sent ten test devices to hospitals in India. The team will begin partnering with NGOs to distribute the devices.
The 2015 finalists will present their inventions before a panel of judges at the Collegiate Inventors Competition Expo and Awards at the United States Patent and Trademark Office on Nov. 17. Read the full article.
May 11, 2015
Congratulations to BME student-formed startups Bright Energy Africa and SpiroSense, awarded first place at the 16th Annual Johns Hopkins University Business Plan Competition. Receiving first place in the Social Enterprise category was BME undergrad Miguel Dias’ Bright Energy Africa. The newly formed company provides technology for production of biomass charcoal, a smokeless fuel alternative make from agricultural waste. Tying for first place in the Medical Technology Undergraduate category was SpiroSense, a low-cost spirometer designed by BME undergrad team in the CBID program.
April 24, 2015
Biomedical engineering undergraduate Miguel Dias ’17, and Johns Hopkins engineering students Samantha (Yu) Wang ’17 and Yadel Okorie ’17 have been selected as winners of the 2015 Social Venture Challenge at the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) conference for their project Bright Energy Africa — a social enterprise that works to convert agricultural waste into smokeless fuel briquettes. The Social Venture Challenge is an international business plan-style competition, designed to inspire students to develop solutions to pressing social issues around the world. This year the competition received close to 200 applications.
The Johns Hopkins team received the highest amount of funding, and is now part of the selective Resolution Fellowship program that provides ongoing mentorship with industry leaders, pro-bono support, and access to a network of over 600 social entrepreneurs. Learn more ►
April 13, 2015
BME undergrad Kaitlyn Whyte has been honored with a 3rd place award for Johns Hopkins University 2015 Student Employee of the Year. Kaitlyn, a junior, works in the Institute for Computational Medicine’s Computational Cardiology Lab with Dr. Natalia Trayanova, assistant research scientist Dr. Patrick Boyle, and PhD student Sohail Zahid. Dr. Trayanova commented, “I am immensely proud of Kaitlyn, and congratulate her on her achievement!”
April 6, 2015
BME senior Margo Heston has received the Fulbright Scholarship. Margo is a member of the BME student team who developed Speech Banana, an iPad app designed to provide free auditory training for hearing aid and cochlear implant users. She works under the mentorship of Tilak Ratnanather, Associate Research Professor of Biomedical Engineering and core faculty member of the Institute for Computational Medicine and the Center for Imaging Science.
While abroad, Margo intends to teach English to Polish STEM students at the university level and to broaden interest in the Speech Banana app by developing a Polish version.
Margo’s research interests include medical device design, computational modeling, and cognitive effects of auditory training.
April 2, 2015
A biomedical design team from the Johns Hopkins Center for Bioengineering Innovation and Design (CBID) took 1st place at the 2015 National Undergraduate Global Health Technology Design Competition. Twenty-three teams from over fifteen universities and 3 countries competed in the annual design contest held at Rice University. The Johns Hopkins team, SpiroSense, captured the top honor with a complete diagnostic system for obstructive lung disease. Team members included Rodolfo Finocchi (team leader), Rachel Yung, Chris Corbett, Manyu Sharma, Rohit Joshi, Rohith Bhethanabotla, Xindi Ai and Angelo Cruz. Read more.
January 21, 2015
Sandya Subramanian has been awarded a Churchill Scholarship that will allow her to do graduate study at the University of Cambridge in England.
The Churchill Scholarship is awarded annually to students who have demonstrated a capacity to contribute to the advancement of knowledge in the sciences, engineering, or mathematics by completing original, creative work at an advanced level.
Subramanian hopes to become a computational neuroscience researcher, devising tools to help clinicians treating the brain. Learn more ►
November 18, 2014
A product of a BME undergraduate project and a star at the 2014 Design Day, the designers of the AccuSpine probe have been on a winning streak. In their latest win, Anvesh Annadanam and his team presented their invention to a panel of the most influential inventors and invention experts in the nation at the 2014 Collegiate Inventors Competition Expo. The AccuSpine Probe took second place and the team was awarded a $10,000 cash prize. Learn more ►
The Johns Hopkins Department of Biomedical Engineering applauds the accomplishments of BME undergraduate students.