Two Georgia Tech students from the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME), Karisma Gupta and Varun Yarabarla, were recently named Fulbright Fellows for 2016-2017. This prestigious scholarship offers opportunities for students and young professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and primary and secondary school teaching worldwide. The Fulbright Program, which is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. Government, was created by Congress in 1946.
Georgia Tech's Team Wobble finished second Wednesday night in the Inventure Finals competition and scored $10,000, a free patent filing and a spot in Flashpoint. Their invention, Wobble, is an automated balance test to assess athletes following concussions. The device would keep athletes safe and reduce the risk of permanent brain damage. The inventors are: Hailey Brown, mechanical engineering; Matthew Devlin, biomedical engineering; Ana Gomez del Campo, biomedical engineering; and Garrett Wallace, biomedical engineering.
Half of this year’s scholars are BME majors. Other majors represented this year are biomedical engineering, biology, chemistry/biochemistry, chemical and biomolecular engineering, mechanical engineering, physics, and for the first time, industrial and systems engineering (ISYE).
Petit Undergraduate Research Scholar Ana Gomez del Campo is standing on solid ground as a member of team Wobble, a collection of students from the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME), plus one from the Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering (ME). They qualified as one of the six finalist teams from across the Georgia Institute of Technology for the 2016 InVenture Prize.
This year’s six finalist teams have invented ways to make our lives safer, healthier, and a bit more fun. Wobble: A device to test a person’s reactive balance. It works like a mechanical bull in that it spins and tilts. It can be programmed to different levels of difficulty, which makes it useful for determining return-to-play protocols for athletes who have suffered a concussion and also for evaluating the risk of falling for elderly patients.
Inventors: Hailey Brown, mechanical engineering; Matthew Devlin, biomedical engineering; Ana Gomez del Campo, biomedical engineering; and Garrett Wallace, biomedical engineering.
Allen Chang leading production of novel biomaterial technology for Vertera Spine.
Two Coulter teams take home awards in fall semester Capstone Design competition
The two award-winning Coulter Department teams were Cold and Bold, which won the interdisciplinary award for its cold cap to prevent hair loss for patients undergoing chemotherapy, and Nasaid, which took top honors in the biomedical engineering category.
Two teams of Georgia Tech students brought home the top prizes at Hack ATL, the largest undergraduate business “hackathon” in the Southeast. The first place team developed a mobile app called Divy, which allows groups to seamlessly track their expenses and issue reimbursements. Divy removes all the frustrations of financially settling up after a weekend trip or class project. Team members Garrett Wallace, John Riley, and Ryan Brooks were awarded a cash prize of $7,000 along with a potential $100,000 investment from the Seraph Group.Wallace, a biomedical engineering (BME) major, said his team signed up for the competition because they thought it would be a fun way to spend the weekend. But, as the weekend went on, he said they realized what they were developing had great potential.
The Georgia Tech Communic-AID team submitted their idea to this global technology challenge and are now one of ten global UNICEF team finalists. The team, Communic-AID, developed a wearable device that facilitates record keeping, aids in the tracking of medications that have been distributed in a post-disaster context and allows the patient to take part in their treatment. The BME student project team members are Katie Fiedler, William Higgins, Heather Issen, Madison Lewis, and Isabelle Vernon.
Six Georgia Tech biomedical engineering (BME) students won the best design category among teams developing solutions for an improved epidural delivery system. They were competing in the Biomedical Engineering Society’s (BMES) Coulter College event held August 13-16, 2015 in Coral Gables, Florida. More than 60 teams apply for the competition, but only a third of them are invited to participate. BME’s winning team consisted of Emma Mihevc, Cory Turbyfield, Joshua Bugica, Alex Hubbard, Emma Poe-Yamagata, and Will McAllister. They were competing against Johns Hopkins, Boston University, Florida State, and other notable programs.