9/12/2007 8:00:00 AM
What the Undergraduates did last summer:
Vanessa Weisman worked for the Advanced Testing Laboratory at Ethicon Endo-Surgery in Blue Ash, Ohio. She worked with devices for minimally invasive surgical procedures testing trocars, hollow cylinders inserted into the body so that other surgical instruments can be inserted.
Kim Vlcek received a fellowship for the Data Sciences Summer Institute (DSSI), part of the Multimodal Information Access and Synthesis Center established at the University of Illinois under a grant from the Department of Homeland Security. Her work focused on the Image Annotation project. Her group’s goal was to improve current image search tools and computer vision by using various machine learning algorithms in an attempt to “teach computers to see.” The group collected vast amounts of image data, extracted key features such as colors, textures, and edges from the images using various signal processing filters, and programmed algorithms to analyze the data.
Several Bioengineering students won positions in the National Science Foundation (NSF) sponsored Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU) program. REU places students in research labs at nationally recognized research universities for the summer.
Erum Ahmed had an REU at University of Illinois at Chicago where she did research in convection-enhanced, targeted drug delivery to the brain, for treating diseases of the central nervous system such as Parkinson’s or brain tumors. She submitted an article based on her research to the Journal of Young Investigators.
Mike Lee had an REU at Rice University; U.T./MD Anderson Cancer Center. He assisted on a research project using a Multispectral Digital Microscope for detecting oral cancer. He produced a poster presentation based on a pathology correlation done with the images from the MDM.
Charles Feng worked for the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology (HST), an interdisciplinary biomedical engineering program jointly operated by Harvard Medical School and MIT. Working in the Massachusetts General Hospital under Dr. Johannes de Boer and Dr. Hyle Park, he investigated the reduction of coherent speckle in optical coherence tomography, an imaging modality that is the optical counterpart to ultrasound. He is submitting a manuscript of his work for publication in the journal Optics Express.
David Luedtke, Nick Zielinksi and Margie Mathewson studied in Darmstadt, Germany at the Technische Universitat Darmstadt where they had five weeks of instruction in German language and culture and two weeks interning at the plant physiology lab. They explored the KcV potassium channel and the effects of mutating a single amino acid on the channel’s performance.
Stephen Barman interned at Archer Daniels Midland in Valdosta, GA. He worked as an engineer in a facility that prepares, extracts, and refines soybean and cottonseed oil. The facility also produces hydrogen gas for oil hydrogenation.
Michelle Hattan worked for Abbott Laboratories in Waukegan, IL as a manufacturing intern in the Global Pharmaceutical Operations. Her internship focused on making the overall manufacturing process more efficient by identifying wastes and removing them.
Jonathan Sun was a researcher in the Planarian Lab under Dr. Phil Newmark at UIUC.
Will Leinweber worked as a software developer at Collaborative Drug Discovery in San Francisco.
Eric Salm was a research assistant at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. He did research on a new drug alluding stent to be produced by an Indian start-up company.
David Tupek worked at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore, CA.
Perry Lin was an intern at Cook, Inc. in Bloomington, IN.
Jeffrey Pompe studied abroad in Australia during spring semester.
Joseph Edelstein worked at Anderson Hospital in Maryville, IL as an equipment technician intern fixing medical equipment, providing in-service education about the equipment, and doing preventive maintenance.
Jeff Pearl worked (and continues to work) in the lab of Dr. Christopher Rao at the University of Illinois. The focus of the research is the molecular genetics of salmonella.
John Saunders was a Research Assistant in the Chemical Imaging and Structures Lab at the University of Illinois. His work focused on refining image probes and building new imaging techniques.
Megan O’Connor worked at Ethicon Endo-Surgery, a Johnson & Johnson company, in Cincinnati, OH as a development engineer in the manufacturing development center. Megan did a co-op at Ethicon Endo-Surgery in the spring semester and the company offered her a position for the summer.