News Archive

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.

Wolfgang Fink Makes News

Associate professor Wolfgang Fink makes a media splash! Here are some of the recent news reports about his work:

Jennifer Barton Wears Many Hats at UA

Jennifer Barton is the assistant director and No. 3 person at Bio5 Institute, she is the department head of the newly established Department of Biomedical Engineering, chair of the Biomedical Engineering Graduate Interdisciplinary Program, and she is a researcher and teaches classes within optics, electrical and computer engineering and biomedical engineering.

"Most faculty members end up teaching, doing research and some sort of service," said Barton, who is also a Arizona Cancer Center member. "My service just happens to be more administrative. It seems like a lot but although I wear a lot of different hats, they're all the same color. It's really synergistic work."

Read more in Inside Tucson Business.

A Mechanical Engineer's View of the Human Body

Like any operating machine, the human body is made up of a series of systems. Each component in the system serves a specific function to keep the system operating. There are biological pumps, valves, pipes, filters, wiring, as well as contents under pressure. And, just like a mechanical system, if the stress on the components is high enough, those parts can fail.

“Many of the answers to medical problems are often similar to answers to engineering problems,” said Jonathan Vande Geest, 32, assistant professor at the University of Arizona. “I love that you can utilize tools and expertise that’s been developed over the last 100-plus years in mechanical engineering to solve problems related to human health.”

Read more in Inside Tucson Business.

For Aspiring Undergrad Researchers, UA is the Place to Be

Amanda Urbina started her junior year last week, but she already finds herself at the forefront of biomedical science – not as part of a required class, but participating in an actual research project.

Read more in UANews.


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