Announcements

The department congratulates the graduates of the class of 2022 who will be receiving their degrees during commencement on Saturday.
The BME Graduation reception was held at the Academy Hall Auditorium on May 20, 2022 to celebrate the achievements of the students graduating this year. A total of 75 students are graduating with a BS, 24 with a Masters, and 7 PhDs are awarded. The number of students receiving degrees is high, reflecting the popularity of the program.

In addition to honoring the graduating students, several awards are given:

Dr. Deepak Vashishth has been selected to receive Rensselaer's William H. Wiley 1866 Distinguished Faculty Award.

This award was established in 1977 by the late Edward P. Hamilton ’07, a 34-year trustee of Rensselaer. He set up an endowment in memory of his uncle, William H. Wiley, an alumnus of the Class of 1866. Nominations are made by the faculty, and the recipient is chosen by the Faculty Committee on Honors. The award is based on excellence in teaching, productive research, and interest in the totality of the educational process.

PhD students Jessica Funnell, Nathan Lampen, and Derek Nelson have been awarded the Health Innovations Incubator and Technology Center (HII Tech) engineering fellowship. HII Tech is a research and development division of the Center for Disability Services (CFDS), a major provider of programs and services for individuals with disabilities in the Capital Region of New York for the last 75 years.

The NSF Graduate Research Fellowships were announced today and Douglas Wich, an undergraduate student in the BME department has been selected as a winner of the NSF fellowship.

Dr. Elizabeth Blaber's project "Understanding the Brain-Liver-Gut Axis during Spaceflight and Aging," a collaboration with NASA Ames and Johns Hopkins University, has been selected for funding by NASA's Space Biology Program.

A recent article from Leo Wan's group was promoted to the cover of the journal Advanced Biology. The title of the article is "Cell Chirality as a Novel Measure for Cytotoxicity" and the authors are Haokang Zhang and Leo Q. Wan.

The article can be found here:
https://doi.org/10.1002/adbi.202270011
and a brief summary of the abstract is shown below:

Dr. Pingkun Yan has been promoted to the rank of Associate Professor with tenure. Dr. Yan received his BS degree from the University of Science and Technology of China in 2001 and his PhD from the National University of Singapore in 2006. After completing his studies, Dr. Yan worked as a  Research Staff Member/Senior Scientist at Philips Research at the clinical site of the National Institutes of Health. He joined Rensselaer’s Department of Biomedical Engineering in 2017 as an Assistant Professor. Dr.

Dr. Xun Wang and Dr. Hisham Mohamed have been promoted to the rank of Senior Lecturer.