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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 22-23 Fellows is available here.

2022-2023 Leighton Riess Graduate Fellows in Engineering

Grace Wood

Grace Wood

Graduate Program in Acoustics
Adviser: Julianna C. Simon
Research: Developing Focused Ultrasound to Treat Tendinopathies

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Connor Huxman

Mechanical Engineering
Adviser: Jared Butler
Research: Design of Mechanically Compliant (Flexible) Orthopedic Implants to Facilitate Faster and Stronger Bone Healing

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Wenjing Song

Engineering Science Mechanics
Adviser: Cunjiang Yu
Research: Soft bio-integrated electronic and sensing system

2021-2022 Leighton Riess Graduate Fellows in Engineering

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Chriss Siew Mei Chin

Biomedical Engineering
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

Mechanical Engineering
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 2022 Capstone Design Teams

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

Computational Validation of Functionally Graded 3D Printed Rib Fracture Fixation Implants

  • Sponsor: Dr. Guha Manogharan, Emmert H Bashore Faculty Development Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering
  • Students:
    Nandini Patel - Biomedical Engineering
    Addison Rossi - Biomedical Engineering
    Elena Lagunilla - Biomedical Engineering
    Mason Procz - Biomedical Engineering
    Trevor Klemann - Biomedical Engineering
    Gavin Kelly – Mechanical Engineering
    Wesley Matsuka-Williams – Mechanical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering

Designing and Prototyping of a hand-held extrusion bioprinter for in situ translational tissue regeneration

  • Sponsor: Amir Sheikhi, Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering
  • Students:
    Tina Maranas – Materials Engineering
    Hamed Jabri – Mechanical Engineering
    Oscar Dong - Biomedical Engineering
    Andrew Smyth – Mechanical Engineering
    Will Roberson – Materials Engineering
    Jordan Thenga – Electrical Engineering
    Johnny Christian - Biomedical Engineering

Stretchable rectennas to harvest ambient RF energies for wound healing stickers

  • Sponsor: Larry Cheng, Assistant Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics
  • Students:
    Jeremy Cherian – Computer Engineering
    Joseph Espinosa – Computer Engineering
    Dylan Knowles – Computer Engineering
    Thomas Nguyen – Mechanical Engineering
    Matthew Quigley – Electrical Engineering

Laparoscopic Trainer with Haptic Feedback

  • Sponsor: Scarlett Miller, Associate Professor of Engineering Design, and Industrial Engineering
  • Students:
    Olivia Carsia – Biomedical Engineering
    Kara Miller – Biomedical Engineering
    Kefan Wu – Electrical Engineering
    Aaron Wyatt – Electrical Engineering


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