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News & Events

2016
 
March    The NSF/CDMI will be hosting its spring symposium on March 24 & 25, 2016. More information on the CDMI can be found here.  
 
February    The Department will be hosting two Scholarship Day events - Feb 6 and Feb 13 - for students admitted to the Fall 2016 entering class. Registration information is available here.  
 
January    We would like to welcome Dr. Aisling Coughlan as an Assistant Professor in Bioengineering. Aisling joins us from Purdue University where she was a Visiting Assistant Professor in the School of Materials Science Engineering.
 
     Undergraduate bioengineers Omar Gad and Mackenzie Bowman, members of the UToledo Hyperloop team, competed in the SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition Design Weekend at Texas A&M University.
 
2015
 
May    Two bioengineering seniors received awards at the Spring 2015 Commencement ceremony. Ms. Rachel Beeson received the Outstanding Senior for Campus and Community Contributions Award and Mr. Rodney Summers received the Outstanding Senior for College Contributions Award. Congratulations Rachel and Rod!
 
April    Dr. Tamara Kinzer-Ursem, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Purdue University was selected as the 2015 Outstanding Bioengineering Alum. Congratulations, Tami!
 
     Professor Patricia Relue was awarded the Alice H. Skeens Outstanding University Woman Award by the University Women's Commission in recognition of exceptional contributions and achievment. Congratulations, Patty!
 
2014
 
July    We would like to welcome Risa Sindel as our new Assistant Director of Department Student Services. Risa is a graduate of the University of Toledo, and came to us from the College of Nursing.
 
     Dr. Vijay Goel has been selected to receive the Borelli Award, the most prestigious award from the American Society of Biomechanics (ASB). He will present the Borelli Lecture to the World Congress on Biomechanics in Boston. Please see the ASB website for more details.
 
May    Biomedical Engineering Ph.D. student Hoangha Dao has received the Robert R. Buell Memorial Acheivement Award for excellence in the physical and biological sciences, in addition to her strong interest in the field of education. Please see the College of Graduate Studies website for more details.
 
April    Dr. Ron Fournier and colleagues from the College of Business and Innovation have been awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation to promote the commercialization of product ideas from our capstone design course. Please see the UT News for more details.
 
     Bioengineering alumna and UT College of Medicine student Kelsie Moeller has been awarded a Choose Ohio First Primary Care Scholarship for medical students committed to a career in primary care medicine in the State of Ohio. These scholarships are funded by the state legislature through the Choose Ohio First program and provide $30k per year to offset tuition costs. Please see the Choose Ohio First website for more details.
 
February    We are hosting an Experience Day on Saturday February 22nd for students admitted to the undergraduate Bioengineering program. Please visit our Experience Day page for more details and information.
 
2013
 
August    Bioengineering undergraduate Yelena Zhernovskiy was the recipient of the July 2013 Jefferson Award for her volunteer work as a tutor and at UT's Community Care Clinics. Please see the Jefferson Awards website for more details.
 
June    Bioengineering alumnus Nathaniel Westphal has been awarded a Presidential Scholarship to enroll in the University of Toledo College of Medicine MD program starting this Fall 2013. The Presidential Scholarship is a full tuition scholarship and considered to be the most prestigious scholarship for the University of Toledo College of Medicine MD program. Nathaniel is the third graduate of the UT Bioengineering program to receive this award during the past four years.
 
May    Bioengineering alumnus Derrick Himmelberg (May 2005) has received a Leader Under 40 award from Control Engineering Magazine for his work as a project engineer at Matrix Technologies in Westminster CO. Please see the press release for more details.
 
January    A venture to commercialize Dr. Brent Cameron's optical blood glucose sensing technology was recently featured in the Toledo Blade. Please see the Toledo Blade for the article.
 
     McMaster-Gardner Endowed Chair and E-CORE co-director Dr. Vijay Goel and E-CORE graduate research assistants Laura Buckenmeyer and Vikas Kaul are offering a course to students at Toledo Early College High School (TECHS) enrolled in the TECHS Biomedical Scholars Program. The course is called "Design of a spinal implant: A challenge for future scientists and clinicians!" Please see the TECHS website for more information.
 
2012
 
September    Bioengineering faculty member Dr. Brent Cameron has been promoted to full professor. Congratulations to Dr. Cameron for this well-deserved honor!
 
     Bioengineering alumnus Dr. Travis Allemang, a urology resident at the Walter Reed Hospital in Bethesda MD, recently won a best poster award at the 2012 annual meeting of the American Urological Association for his presentation on prostate cancer. Please see refer to this article for more details.
 
     We would like to welcome Lindsey Patrisso as our new Assistant Director of Department Student Services. Lindsey is a graduate of the UT College of Business and Innovation, and came to us from the Office of Admissions.
 
April    Bioengineering undergraduate Erin Nichols was recently honored by receiving a Jefferson award, which recognizes volunteerism within the campus community. Erin received this award for her work with the UT chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB). Please see the Jefferson Awards website for more details.
 
     Bioengineering academic program coordinator Wiona Porath has received the 2012 Outstanding Advising Award in the Primary Advising category, awarded by the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA). NACADA is a national organization for academic advisors in higher education, and this award recognizes outstanding academic advising of students or outstanding academic advising administration. Please see the NACADA website for more details.
 
     Bioengineering laboratory coordinator Tamara Phares has received a University of Toledo Outstanding CWA Staff Award for 2012. Please see the Outstanding Staff Awards website for more details.
 
     Bioengineering professor Ron Fournier has received a University of Toledo Outstanding Teaching Award for 2012. Please see the Outstanding Teaching Award website for more details.
 
     Bioengineering BS/MD student Denise Liu has been awarded a Presidential Scholarship to enroll in the University of Toledo College of Medicine MD program starting this Fall 2012. The Presidential Scholarship is a full tuition scholarship and considered to be the most prestigious scholarship for the University of Toledo College of Medicine MD program.
 
     Bioengineering graduate student Maggie Ditto, associate professor Dr. Patricia Relue and academic program coordinator Wiona Porath presented at the Region 5 National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) Conference on April 12, 2012. Their topic "Integrating Programmatic Curriculum, Student Development and Peer Mentoring into a Project Based Introductory Course for the Major" was based on the BIOE 1000 course and peer mentoring program in bioengineering. Please refer to the NACADA website for more details.
 
February    BIOE undergraduate Allison Kotchman has been elected to join the Mortar Board national honor society. Mortar Board is a national honor society recognizing college seniors for superior achievement in scholarship, leadership and service. Please see the Mortar Board website for more details.
 
     We are hosting open houses for students admitted to the undergraduate program on Saturday February 11th and Saturday February 25th. Please visit the Admissions website for more details and to register on-line.
 
January    James Nolan, BIOE class of December 2011, was selected as the December 2011 Jefferson Award honoree. James was selected for his outstanding contribution to the Pelotonia bike race. James organized a 200 mile bike ride for his entire fraternity through Pelotonia in honor of his brother, who passed away from cancer. Please see the Jefferson Award website for more details, and please see the Pi Kappa Alpha Team website for an inspiring video about his commitment to this cause.
 
2011
 
November    Minal Bhadane, a fourth-year doctoral student in the Biomedical Engineering Program advised by Dr. Mohammad Elahinia, was selected as finalist in Best Student Hardware Competition organized at the ASME 2011 Conference on Smart Materials, Adaptive Structures and Intelligent Systems (SMASIS) in Scottsdale, Arizona. Minal was recognized for her reseach into the development of active ankle foot orthosis by using shape memory alloys. Please see the Smart Systems Laboratory for more details.
 
October    Wiona Porath was elected to serve as treasurer for the Ohio Academic Advising Association (OHAAA) for a two year term. Please see the OHAAA website for more details about this organization.
 
August    Dr. Scott Molitor is a co-investigator on a $10M NURTURES grant from the National Science Foundation to improve science education, mathematics and literacy skills in urban children pre-K through 3rd grade. Education, Science and Engineering faculty will partner with teachers from the Toledo Public Schools, parents and other community partners to improve the interest and achievement in science for about 11,000 students in the greater Toledo area. Media coverage of this award can be found at the Toledo Blade and on YouTube.
 
June    BIOE graduate Shelly Smallman-Nielsen (class of 2005) received St. Ursula Academy's 2011 Outstanding Young Alumna Award for her success in the bioengineering field. Shelly currently works as a corporate engineer at NAMSA in Northwood OH.
 
April    Bioengineering undergraduate Amber Hall appears in the latest UT Matters video posted on YouTube. Amber appears facing the camera at the 30 second mark.
 
January    The Gesu Robohounds, coached by Dr. Ron Fournier and doctoral student Kelly Marbaugh received the Innovative Solution Award for their artificial intervertebral disc design at the First Lego League 2010 Toledo Regional Competition. The team was also supported by Drs. Vijay Goel and Dean Demetropoulos as consultants and masters student Brad Guthrie as a mentor.
 
2010
 
December    The business plan submitted by BME Ph.D. student Minal Bhadane and her advisor Dr. Mohammad Elahinia for a hybrid active ankle foot orthosis used to treat patients with drop foot won a first prize of $10,000 in the inaugural UT Business Plan competition. An honorable mention was awarded to the business plan for a cervical dilation measurement device submitted by BIOE seniors Sabrina DiFilippo, Lauren Penley, Tyler Porter and Amanda Szalkowski. An honorable mention was also awarded to BME Ph.D. student Rui Zheng and his advisor Dr. Brent Cameron for their business plan to develop an optical monitor of glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c) for diabetes monitoring and control. The competition was sponsored by the University of Toledo Innovation Enterprises.
 
     Bioengineering undergraduate Amber Hall has been selected as a recipient of the STARS award to prepare high-acheiving students from underrepresented groups for careers in academia. Please see the STARS program website for more details.
 
November    Bioengineering undergraduate Jon Wimer has been selected to serve as a reporter for the television series "Plugged In" that airs monthly on WGTE. Please see WGTE.org for a schedule and more information.
 
October    The business plan submitted by Bioengineering seniors Sabrina DiFilippo, Lauren Penley, Tyler Porter and Amanda Szalkowski has been chosen as one of the twelve semifinalists for the University of Toledo Business Plan Competition. The competition is sponsored by the University of Toledo Innovation Enterprises.
 
May    Incoming Bioengineering undergraduate and BS/MD student Lina Elsamaloty was chosen as the Toledo Blade's student of the week. Please the Toledo Blade for the article text.
 
April    Wiona Porath, Academic Program Coordinator for Bioengineering, was named as a University of Toledo Outstanding Advisor for 2010. This award honors faculty and staff who exemplify excellence in academic advising, assisting students in the development of meaningful educational plans and promote the achievement of life goals. Please see the UT News for more details. Wiona has also received national recognition from the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA).
 
March    The International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine (ISSLS) has selected Dr. Vijay Goel as the 2010 winner of its Wiltse Lifetime Achievement Award for his exceptional achievements in the field of spinal biomechanics. The award will be presented at the annual meeting of the ISSLS in New Zealand April 13-17, 2010. Please see the ISSLS website for more details.
 
February    Bioengineering Ph.D. student Mark Skopin was honored for receiving a Jefferson award last year. UT began its Jefferson Awards program last year to recognize the unsung heroes of volunteerism within the campus community. Mark received this award for his work to help establish Engineers Without Borders (EWB) at UT in 2007 and for leading a successful clean water distribution project in Los Sanchez, Honduras which was completed in June 2009. Mark helped raised over $25,000 for the project and traveled three times to Honduras to work on the water system.
 
February    We are hosting open houses for students admitted to the undergraduate program on Saturday February 13th, Monday February 15th and Saturday February 27th. Please visit Admissions for more details and to register on-line. Spaces are still available for February 13th and February 27th.
 
2009
 
December    Five Bioengineering seniors - Blaine Best, Kyle Killam, Katie Kodrich, David Mette and Allison Pitchler - have been selected to participate in the NASA Microgravity University - Systems Engineering Educational Discovery program. These students will be able to test the performance of their capstone design project, a zero-gravity sharps container, during the flight of specialized NASA aircraft used to simulate microgravity. Please see the NASA website for more details.
 
     Bioengineering undergraduate Whitney Young was chosen as the athlete of the month by the UT Softball team. Please see the December issue of the Rocket Review for more details.
 
September    Seventeen Bioengineering undergraduates were inducted into Tau Beta Pi, the Engineering Honor Society. The Bioengineering inductees are: Alena Barga, Mike Aguilar, Lauren Brett, Matt Carroll, Brandon Clarke, Katie Kodrich, Denise Liu, Chase Maag, David Mette, Ashley Muszynski, Nick Oblizajek, Allie Pitchler, Nathan Reaver, Zachary Reaver, Pamela Twu, Whitney Young and Kimberly Zins.
 
July    Bioengineering undergraduate David Mette will present a segment entitled "The Complete Picture: How New Technology is Bringing Medical Images Together" on WGTE TV Wednesday July 15th at 8 pm. The segment is part of the monthly show "Plugged In" presently jointly by WGTE and the University of Toledo. Please see WGTE Public Media for more details.
 
June    Graduating senior Jeff Cinadr was selected by the Tampa Bay Rays in the June 2009 Major League Baseball draft. Jeff has pitched for the University of Toledo men's varsity baseball team over the past four years and will report to the Hudson Valley Renegades, Tampa Bay's single A affiliate in upstate New York. Please see the Toledo Blade and the Hudson Valley Renegades for more details.
 
     BME Ph.D. student and NSF predoctoral fellow Darcy Wagner was the second overall women's finisher in the Racing for Recovery Sprint Triathlon in Monroe MI. Darcy completed the 1000 meter swim, 12 mile bike and 3.6 mile run in 1 hour and 33 minutes. Please see the Racing for Recovery website for more details.
 
April    Dr. Vijay Goel, McMaster-Gardner Endowed Chair of Orthopedic Biomechanics, has been named a Distinguished University Professor. This award is to recognize senior faculty members for their distinguished careers and contributions to learning, discovery and engagement at the University of Toledo. Please visit UT News for more details about this honor.
 
     Clint Cochran, a graduating senior majoring in bioengineering, received a $5,000 fellowship for graduate study from the national Phi Kappa Phi organization. This highly competitive award will be applied toward Clint's medical school education at The University of Toledo that he will begin next fall. Please visit UT News for more details about this prestigious award.
 
February    We are hosting open houses for students admitted to the undergraduate program on Saturday February 14th and Saturday February 28th. Please visit Admissions for more details and to register on-line. Spaces are still available for February 14th and February 28th.
 
2008
 
December    Dr. Patricia Relue and Dr. Sasidhar Varanasi awarded a three year award for $499,784 from Department of Energy, Univeristy Research in Biomass Technologies for study titled: "A novel simultaneous-saccharification-fermentation strategy for efficient co-fermentation of C5 and C6 sugars using native, non-GMO yeasts". This proposal addresses fermentation technologies and advanced bioprocessing technologies for biochemical conversion of biomass to ethanol. The project enables the development of cost-effective biocatalysts capable of increasing product yield in the biological conversion of lignocellulosic biomass to ethanol. In addition, the technology enables the long-term goal of simultaneous saccharification and fermentation (SSF) that currently limits the economic efficiency of biofuels production.
 
     Third Frontier Advanced Energy Program 2009 grants a two year award for $990,900 to a joint venture between UT faculty: Relue (BioE), Varanasi (ChemE), Schall (ChemE), Anderson (Chemistry) and SuGanit systems, Inc for a study titled "Scale up of Cellulosic Ethanol Process Based on Novel Biomass Pretreatment and Efficient Co-Fermentation". The project is for the team to scale-up and economically optimize a new biochemical route of cellulosic ethanol production developed by the investigators and licensed to SuGanit Systems, Inc.
 
November    In May 2008, Bioengineering's Dr. Patricia Relue was appointed Chair of the University's Graduate Council. As Chair, she will lead the efforts of the Council in its role as the faculty policy making body for graduate education at UT.
 
     Dr. Jian-yu Lu chairs the 2008 IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium (IEEE IUS). IEEE is a non-profit global organization for the advancement of technology. The organization serves as a source of technical and professional information, resources and services as well as fostering an interest in the engineering profession at the University level. Global membership makes IEEE a leading authority in areas from many disciplines including aerospace, computers, biomedical engineering and electrical. IEEE IUS brings the leading authorities from all areas of interest together to further research and development in ultrasonics theories and applications. This year's conference, held in Beijing, China brought together over 1000 attendess, with over 1100 total abstracts and over 550 total papers in the proceedings.
 
October    Biomedical Engineering PhD students Darcy Wagner and Julie Matheny received fellowships from the recently initiated NSF Graduate Research Supplements to Broaden Participation Program of the Directorate of Engineering of NSF. This program was recently initiated to promote increased participation of new Ph.D. students in all fields of engineering research. The awards are renewable up to three years and are provided as supplements to current research grants of faculty. See the College of Engineering website for more details. 

Joining the department in the Fall of 2007, Darcy was one of the first group of students recruited for the new Biomedical Engineering PhD Program. She will be working on Dr. Sarit Bhaduri's (MIME) NSF funded project titled "Processing and Evaluation of HA Nanocomposites". 

Julie officially joins the Biomedical Engineering PhD Program in the spring of 2009 and will work on Dr. Lesley Berhan's (MIME) NSF funded project titled "Toward Negative Poisson's Ratio Composites - Numerical and Experimental Study".
 
September    Welcome to the New and Improved Bioengineering Student Lounge! Recognizing our student's need for a "place of their own", Palmer Hall, Room 1020, has recently been converted from a sterile classroom into an area where students can now relax, socialize with friends, have lunch, study and keep up with the news happening in the department. New additions include sofas and recliners for those times you just need to kick back and relax, a microwave and fridge for your lunch, a separate study area. Office supplies, senior design lockers, individual lockers and bulletin boards round out the lounge. The bulletin boards will help keep you up-to-date on departmental news (News from the Penthouse), social networking (Student Book Trades, Roommate Exchange and General Student Board) and organizational group (BMES) news. The lounge provides a common area for our newly established Learning Communities (with Peer Mentor facilitators), as well as other groups, such as BMES, to meet. Stop in and see the new and improved Student Lounge! Suggestions for improvements are always welcome!
 
     The Ohio Board of Regents (OBR) is a coordinating board for higher education in Ohio. On a biannual basis, OBR distributes monies to universities within Ohio for the purpose of upgrading equipment in teaching labs. This year's OBR purchases include multi-channel micropipets, a new analytical balance and a waterbath shaker/incubator for use in the Undergraduate Bioprocessing Lab and new oscillopscopes for the Undergraduate Bioinstrumentation Labs. These new additions to the labs provide experience for our students in current industry equipment, enable them to follow experimental protocol and process data in a more timely manner. Many thanks to OBR for the opportunity to provide these benefits to our students!
 
August    A record 81 new students will enter the BIOE undergraduate program this fall! In addition to this being the largest class ever, it will be one of the most accomplished based on the average GPAs and standardized test scores. It is also one of the most gender balanced classes.
 
July    Bioengineering welcomes 4 new staff members. 

Joseph Lawrence, PhD, joins the Department with a joint appointment between the College of Engineering and Drs. Bhaduri (MIME) and Nadarajah (BIOE). Joseph will be the Instrumentation Specialist in the new Imaging and Instrumentation Center under construction in North Engineering. He will also be involved in Materials Research with Drs. Bhaduri and Nadarajah. Please contact Joseph with any questions you may have about the new Imaging and Instrumentation Center or his research. 

David Dick, MS, is the newest staff member of E-CORE. David will be involved in Spine Biomechanics research under the direction of Dr. Vijay Goel. Please contact David with any questions you may have about E-CORE or the research being conducted in Spine Biomechanics. 

In addition to David, two new Post-doctoral students have joined the Staff members of E-CORE. Dr. Xia Liu, PhD and Dr. Tomoya Terai, PhD will also be participating in Spinal Biomechanics research under the direction of Dr. Vijay Goel.
 
June    Bioengineering Senior Design students Katherine Strock, Chelsea Worstall and Michael Taylor place third in National Design Competition with their Seated Accessible Weight Scale. See Rerc-AMI website for more information about Rerc and the competition. Congratulations to All!!
 
     Incoming Freshman are already making the news! Kelsie Moeller, incoming freshman Bioengineering student is named Student of the Week by Cincinnati's Channel 9.
 
     Under the direction of Dr. Vijay Goel, the Department of Bioengineering has been awarded $4.46M by the Ohio Research Scholars Program to create a Spinal Research Cluster in partnership with the Cleveland Clinic Centers for Spine Health and Tissue Engineering.
 
     We have a new website! The undergraduate web pages are complete; remaining pages may be under construction and will be completed by August 2008. Please contact Tammy Phares if you have any questions or comments about our new website.
Last Updated: 5/22/17