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Leighton Riess Graduate Fellowship in Engineering

The Leighton Riess Graduate Fellowship in Engineering program supports outstanding graduate students who have been admitted to Penn State as candidates for a graduate degree in the College of Engineering and who are conducting research in biological or biomedical-related areas of inquiry. The Riess Fellowship program is coordinated by the Center for Biodevices. The request for nominations for AY 21-22 Fellows is available here.

2021-2022 Leighton Riess Graduate Fellows in Engineering

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Chriss Siew Mei Chin

Adviser: Pak Wong
Research: A Single Cell Biosensing Device for Rapid Dysbiosis Monitoring in Critically Ill Patients

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Vinay Chandrasekhar Kammarchedu

Electrical Engineering
Adviser: Seyedehaida (Aida) Ebrahimi
Research: Developing and testing multiplex wearable electronic and electrochemical devices and systems for monitoring biochemical and physiological health markers

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Ritam Pal

Adviser: Amrita Basak
Research: 4D Biomechanical Performance Evaluation of Patient-Specific Metallic Implants

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Ferdousi Rawnaque

Adviser: Julianna Simon
Research: Investigating the distribution of bubble nuclei in biological tissues to improve ultrasound diagnosis and monitoring of decompression sickness

Spring 2021 Leighton Riess Graduate Fellows in Engineering

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Sumit Agrawal

Biomedical Engineering
Adviser: Sri-Rajasekhar Kothapalli
Research: Development of smart multimodal ultrasound and photoacoustic imaging systems integrated with artificial intelligence for diagnosing cancer and neurodisorders

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Evan Heatherington

Mechanical Engineering
Adviser: Mary Frecker
Research: Designing and testing devices to protect surgeons and other hospital personnel from aerosols generated during endoscopic skull surgery

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Bowen Li

Engineering Science and Mechanics
Adviser: Huanyu “Larry” Cheng
Research: Analyzing data from wearable and flexible sensors for human health monitoring, disease diagnosis and evaluation with machine learning and deep learning

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Ferdousi Rawnaque

Adviser: Julianna Simon
Research: Investigating the distribution of bubble nuclei in biological tissues to improve ultrasound diagnosis and monitoring of decompression sickness

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Yichun Tang

Mechanical Engineering
Adviser: Jing Du
Research: Building and validating clinical image-based numerical models for the patient-specific prediction of the micromechanical environment around implants

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Spring 2021 Capstone Design Teams

Six capstone design teams are currently working on biodevice-related projects this semester, sponsored by the Center for Biodevices Innovation Grants.

Wearable functional chest patch for detecting critical conditions from coronavirus

  • Sponsor: Huanyu “Larry” Cheng, Dorothy Quiggle Career Development Assistant Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics
  • Team members:
    Tyler Douglas, mechanical engineering
    Patrick Finn, electrical engineering
    Ninad Mahajan, biomedical engineering
    Joshua May, mechanical engineering
    Nicholas Ross, mechanical engineering
    David Sheffey, electrical engineering

Low-cost extrudable biocompatible catheter body for the physical-plasma cardiovascular catheter

  • Sponsor: Sean Knecht, assistant teaching professor of engineering design
  • Team members:
    Sabrina Dobron, biomedical engineering
    Joseph Gluzman, mechanical engineering
    Ethan Goodstein, mechanical engineering
    Dax Hoffman, material science
    Seth Laporta, mechanical engineering
    Abhijeet Maniktala, materials science

Non-invasive neurostimulatory device to improve mobility in Parkinson’s Disease

  • Sponsor: Xiao Liu, assistant professor of biomedical engineering
  • Team members:
    David Dzordzorme, mechanical engineering
    Lingqi Li, mechanical engineering
    Stephen Lombardo, materials science
    Connor Moore, biomedical engineering
    Shengkai Xu, electrical engineering

Development of improved face mask fixation method to attach mask to head

  • Sponsor: Michael Hickner, professor of materials science and engineering and chemical engineering
  • Team members:
    Patrick Flynn, mechanical engineering
    Yuetong Hao, biomedical engineering
    Olivia Mattessich, biomedical engineering
    Sarah Peters, biomedical engineering
    Nicholas Robibero, mechanical engineering
    Qi Sui, mechanical engineering

A deep learning prediction of hepatocellular carcinoma response to transcatheter arterial chemoembolization

  • Sponsor: Christian J. Park, diagnostic radiology resident, Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
  • Team members:
    Jena Everett, biomedical engineering
    Liam Raehsler, computer science
    Ares Vega, biomedical engineering
    Zeyuan Wang, data sciences
    Ziyu Wang, data sciences
    Zhimin Zhang, data sciences

Exploring the feasibility of remote monitoring of allostatic load and delivery of ecological momentary interventions (EMI) to quarantined COVID-19 patients using wearable biodevices

  • Sponsor: Jennifer Frank, associate professor of education
  • Team members:
    Nicholas Doolittle, biomedical engineering
    Mutian Fan, computer science
    Daniel Melo Cruz, computer science
    Brian Siroka, biomedical engineering
    John Smith, computer engineering

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Established in 2020, the Center for Biodevices aims to bridge foundational science and clinical applications of biodevices, while enabling success of faculty, clinicians, and students across multiple disciplines.

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