Earn Your BS in Biomedical Engineering at the UA
(National Science Foundation)
Students in the Spotlight
Start Your Skittle Sorters!
Alexys Manring participated in a maker class during her sophomore year in which 80 undergraduate students built 36 machines to sort Skittle candies by color. Then they competed on the final day of class see which sorters were the fastest and most accurate.I never had the experience before of using computer programming to design and build a working machine.
Generous Approach to Genetics
Justine Bacchus received the 2014 Anna Salazar Memorial Engineering Scholarship for Women from SynCardia Systems Inc. during her junior year. After graduation, she took a full-time position with the local company, which manufactures artificial hearts.I want to help people understand their genetic makeup and how they can have healthy and happy lives, even while having a genetic disorder.
Fermin Prieto came to the United States when he was 14 not knowing a word of English. At the UA, he served as president of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers and was accepted to five medical schools when he graduated in 2017.I developed a personal mission of serving the Hispanic community in rural areas that are in need of medical providers.
A Sense of Swell
Biomedical engineering and physiology double major David Johnson and his teammates created a wearable device for physicians to remotely monitor swelling in patients. The team won the Ventana Medical Systems Award for Innovation at Engineering Design Day 2018.There isn’t anything that really does this clinically, where you can measure swelling ambiently and leave a patient alone.
Inspired By Twin Brother
Dani Spencer, Class of 2019 Wildcat gymnast, knew she would go into a health profession after seeing how a brain surgery eliminated her twin brother’s epileptic seizures. An episode of “60 Minutes” about prosthetic limbs solidified her choice of biomedical engineering.The engineers found a way to connect neurons with the prosthetic so that a person could use their arm. I remember going, ‘Wow! That is something I can do!’