News Archive

Making MRI a Potent Weapon in the War on Cancer


Time is critical when it comes to diagnosing and treating cancer.

Aggressive cancer tumor cells often produce enzymes that cut into healthy tissues surrounding the tumor, providing routes for tumor cells to escape and create new, difficult-to-treat metastatic tumors. These enzymes could be ideal targets for diagnosing and treating aggressive tumors early on, but they are seldom investigated because accurately measuring their performance has been difficult – until now.

Associate professor Marty Pagel and his multidisciplinary research team are developing MRI techniques for early detection of cancer and for monitoring effectiveness of anticancer drugs.

Read more in Arizona Engineer.

Celebration of Life for Dean Emeritus Smerdon

The College of Engineering is holding a Celebration of Life for Dean Emeritus Ernest T. Smerdon, who passed away on Aug. 11, 2014. Please join us on Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, at 5:30 p.m. in Room S202 of the Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering Building.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Ernest and Joanne Smerdon Scholarship Endowment.

Read more in Arizona Engineer.

Yoon Named Editor of Journal of Biological Engineering

Jeong-Yeol Yoon has been selected as editor-in-chief for the Journal of Biological Engineering, with his term starting Jan. 1, 2014.

Grad Students Honored for Food-Related Research

Pei-Shih Liang, who received her PhD in agricultural and biosystems engineering and is now a post-doctoral fellow at the University of California, Davis, was recognized for her research on “Optofluidic Lab-on-a-Chip Monitoring of Subsurface Bacterial Transport.” Jeong-Yeol Yoon, president of the Institute of Biological Engineering and UA associate professor, co-authored the paper, which focused on advancing the use of lab-on-a-chip to quickly detect food contaminants, such as E. coli.

Read more in Arizona Engineer.

National Champions!

The UA chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers had only two months to prepare the NSBE 40th Annual Convention in March 2014 – but the team, mentored by Wolfgang Fink, went on to win the inaugural Undergraduate Technical Research Competition.

Read more in Arizona Engineer.

Professors Team Up to Make Implanted Devices 'Sticky'

UA researchers are testing nanotechnology to improve how cardiovascular implant devices are attached in the body.

Jeong-Yeol Yoon, associate professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering, and Dr. Marvin Slepian, professor of cardiology and biomedical engineering, collaborated to test how nanotechnology-based techniques can be used to better facilitate adhesion between tissue and implanted devices.

Read more in UANews.

Driver-Less Cars About a Decade Away, UA Engineer Says

Autonomous vehicles can control and navigate themselves, "in the absence of a human being," said associate professor of biomedical engineering and electrical and computer engineering Wolfgang Fink.

"Fink has been developing an autonomous rover, which can be controlled with an iPhone or iPad. The vehicle can also use LiDAR, a kind of laser sensor, to recognize obstacles or to follow someone around. The vehicle is further equipped with cameras, which use algorithms to determine what items within range are of interest to the rover."

Read more, and watch an interview, on Arizona Public Media.

Nicolini Awarded 2014 SMART Scholarship

Ariana Nicolini, a doctoral student in the Biomedical Engineering program of the UA Graduate Interdisciplinary Programs, has been awarded a 2014 Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation Scholarship from the U.S. Department of Defense. The extremely competitive scholarship is awarded to only 6 percent of total applicants, and aims to increase the number of civilian scientists and engineers working in DoD laboratories.

Read the full press release (PDF).

Giving Sight Back to the Blind

Wolfgang Fink is giving sight back to those who once saw. Since 2002, he and his colleagues have been working on a new way to give sight to those whose vision has been damaged from age-related macular degeneration or retinitis pigmentosa, both conditions that result in visual impairment and ultimately total blindness.

Read more in Arizona Sonora News.

Yoon Elected President of the Institute of Biological Engineering

Associate professor Jeong-Yeol Yoon will serve as the new president of the Institute of Biological Engineering, a professional organization dedicated to integrating engineering principles with the many aspects of life sciences.

Read more in Arizona Engineer.


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