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Profiling BME Student-Athlete Tyler Fowler

"Academics are huge! You're a student-athlete, not an athlete-student," says junior Tyler Fowler in a recent Pac-12 video spot. The third-generation engineer (and Olympic hopeful!) explains what exciting opportunities brought him into BME in particular.

Design Day Is on the Way!

UA Engineering Design Day 2016 app logo

UA Engineering Design Day 2016 is fast approaching.

On Tuesday, May 3, seniors from every single department in the College of Engineering – including BME – will gather on the UA Mall and in the Student Union to present their capstone design projects.

Join us from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. to check out more than 100 student projects.

New this year: Download the free UA Engineering Design Day app for iPhone or for Android.

Szivek to Lecture on Cartilage Regeneration

Professor of orthopaedic surgery John A. Szivek, who holds a joint appointment in the department of biomedical engineering, will offer a free lecture on "Building Better Joints" on Wednesday, April 6, at 6 p.m. in the DuVal Auditorium at Banner - University Medical Center Tucson.

The lecture is sponsored by the UA Arthritis Center and will discuss specific advances in cartilage regeneration strategies.

Registration is required.

Fink Brings Intelligent Algorithms to Biomedical Engineering

Wolfgang Fink, who holds a joint appointment with the department of biomedical engineering, displays a "smart ophthalmoscope." Photo by Jacob Chinn/UA Alumni Association.Joint professor Wolfgang Fink equips machines to make judgments ordinarily entrusted to people. One of his recent projects, a "smart ophthalmoscope," allows rural clinicians to submit detailed images of patients' eyes to a remote diagnostic system. The device could be commercially available within two years.

“It brings quality health care to the patient rather than the patient to the health care,” he says.

Learn more about why Fink finds working in biomedical engineering so rewarding in the latest issue of Arizona Alumni Magazine.

Photo by Jacob Chinn/UA Alumni Association  

BME Design Day Highlights Research Prowess

Michelle Gary explains her research to a fellow student at BME Design Day on March 2

On March 2, posters made by 20 undergraduate biomedical engineers lined the Grand Ballroom in the Student Union Memorial Center for the department's fourth annual BME Design Day. More than 150 faculty and fellow students attended, including all first-years enrolled in BME 295C: Challenges in Biomedical Engineering.

The event was sponsored by W.L. Gore & Associates and featured a keynote presentation from lead engineer Rachel Rakvica on "The Value of a Biomedical Engineering Degree in Device Design." Representatives from Gore and the UA Foundation judged the poster competition.

This year's winners were:

  • First Place: Mary McIntosh for "Physiological Model for Assessing Ankle Joint Contact Pressure in Weber Fracture Malreduction"
  • Second Place: Caitlin Moffett for "TNFalpha Priming Selectively Enhances CD4+FoxP3+ Regulatory T Cell Suppressive Function"
  • Third Place: Chris Gallo for "Zinc (Zn2+) Alters Calcium Oxalate Crystal Formation in a Drosophila Model of Nephrolithiasis"
  • Most Promising Research: Summer Garland for "Augmented Microscopy with Spatial Light Modulation"
  • Most Creative Research: Tyler Toth for "Rapid Detection of Ebola Virus Surrogate Using Interfacial Tension-Based Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR-IT)"

A gallery of photos taken by Mia Schnaible is available on the BME Facebook Page.

Faculty Members Urge US to Consider Cuban Medicine

Drs. David Armstrong and Marvin Slepian recently traveled to Havana to discuss the drug Heberprot-P with its inventors at the Cuban Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology. The medication, which is described as an "epidermal growth factor," fosters rapid wound healing and could save diabetics from amputation.

They hope that normalizing relations with Cuba will allow them to bring the drug to the U.S. for FDA trials and approval.

Read more from University of Arizona Health Sciences, Arizona Public Media and the Huffington Post.

Kudos to GPSC Student Showcase Winners

BME students made a strong showing at the UA Graduate and Professional Student Council Student Showcase on Feb. 24. Congratulations to all the exhibitors!

In particular, kudos go to David Maestas, who received the undergraduate BIO5 Innovator Award for his presentation on "Tissue-Engineered Vascular Grafts Seeded With Umbilical Cord Blood-Derived Endothelial Cells," and to BME GIDP student Michael Valdez, who won second place in the graduate research division.

Checking In on Capstone Projects

Team 15036 working on their senior design projectWith less than two months left until Engineering Design Day 2016, the College's seniors are hitting the home stretch on their capstone design projects – including a number of BME students working on interdisciplinary teams.

See what undergraduate biomedical engineers are doing to help astronauts breathe a little easier in "Humidity Control in Spacesuits."

Biomedical Engineering Major Makes a Splash in Mile Swim

Tyler Fowler competing in a University of Arizona swim meetJunior Tyler Fowler will compete in the U.S. Olympic trials this summer in the 1,500-meter freestyle swimming event. How does he balance academics with a rigorous training schedule? What’s his favorite class? What’s his favorite ice cream flavor?

Learn all this and more in a Q&A with Arizona Athletics.


Photo courtesy of Arizona Athletics

Save the Date for Commencement Celebration!

Graduates in caps and gowns throw confetti at UA CommencementThe UA Department of Biomedical Engineering will hold its Pre-Commencement Ceremony on Friday, May 13, at 11:30 a.m. in Crowder Hall at the Fred Fox School of Music (1017 North Olive Road).

Doors open at 11 a.m., and tickets will be available to graduating students later in the semester.


University of Arizona College of Engineering
Department of Biomedical Engineering 1127 E James E. Rogers Way P.O. Box 210020 Tucson, AZ 85721-0020