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Third Annual BMEGSA Summer Research Symposium

July 27th, 2011 · No Comments

The Biomedical Engineering Graduate Student Association invites you to attend the Third Annual Summer Research Symposium, this Thursday, July 28, 2011.
This event is open to all graduate students, undergraduate researchers, faculty, and staff.



Keynote Presentation
Dr. Arthur Coffey, M.D.
12:30 – 1:30pm, MJIS 1001
**Lunch will be provided**
Student Poster Competition
2:00 – 3:30pm, MJIS 2001
Refreshments provided
Panel Discussion
Drs. Jennifer Bailey, Aaron Lottes, Amani Salim, and Joseph Wallace
3:45 – 4:45pm, MJIS 1001
**Reception with appetizers to follow in the MJIS atrium**


The program and abstract book is available here.

More information about our guests:
Dr. Arthur Coffey, M.D.
Director of Cardiovascular Surgery, IU Health
Dr. Arthur Coffey was born in Indianapolis and graduated from Purdue in 1985. He went on to obtain his M.S in Biomedical Engineering from Purdue in 1988, and his M.D from the Indiana University School of Medicine in 1991. He completed his surgical residency at the IU Methodist hospital, and his cardiothoracic residency at the University of Virginia. Currently Dr. Coffey is the Director of Cardiovascular Surgery at IU Health. Dr. Coffey’s current research interests are focused on sympathetic ganglion activity in post operative atrial fibrillation, while his past research includes working on the SIS with Dr. Leslie Geddes. In his free time Dr. Coffey enjoys playing golf and spending time with his family.
Dr. Jennifer Bailey
Bioengineering Lecturer, University of Illinois
Dr. Jennifer Bailey graduated with her PhD from the Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering in August of 2010. For the 2010-2011 academic school year, Jennifer taught at the University of Southern Indiana with an emphasis on freshmen level courses in the Department of Engineering. She is now a Lecturer at the University of Illinois in Bioengineering focusing on the Cell and Tissue Culture Laboratory.
Dr. Aaron Lottes
Regulatory Scientist, Cook MED Institute
Dr. Aaron Lottes received a BS in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University in 1997. He worked for 5 years as a quality and process engineer, and earned an MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management in 2000. Aaron returned to Purdue in 2002 and received a PhD in Biomedical Engineering in 2006. He joined Cook MED Institute in 2007 where he currently serves as a Regulatory
Scientist working on drug-device combination products in the US and globally.
Dr. Amani Salim
Postdoctoral Fellow & Faculty Fellow, Purdue University
Dr. Amani Salim is a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering (ABE) at Purdue University and a Faculty Fellow in the School of Engineering Education at Purdue University. She has earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from University of Minnesota, USA, with emphasis in microelectronics and microfabrication. She holds a Master of
Science degree in Electrical Engineering, also from University of Minnesota, where she developed a model for inductive link for implantable wireless microsystems. She has a Ph.D in Biomedical Engineering at Purdue University, developing biomolecule patterning techniques for implantable wireless microsystems. She conducts research in both biological engineering, and engineering
education. Her engineering research focuses on developing Micro-Electro-Chemical-Sensors (MECS) for answering fundamental questions in these broad areas: Environment, Biomedical, Agriculture, Biology, and Astrobiology. Her engineering education research focuses on problem formulation within open-ended and realistic engineering problems.
Dr. Joseph Wallace
Biomedical Engineering Assistant Professor, IUPUI
Professor Wallace received a B.S in Aerospace Engineering from Georgia Tech in 2002 before attending the University of Michigan for his PhD studies. In 2007, he received a PhD in Biomedical Engineering and chose to remain at Michigan for a Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Department of Chemistry with funding from an NIH F32 individual postdoctoral grant. He joined the faculty in the BME Department at IUPUI in September 2010. His work in orthopaedic biomechanics focuses on impacts of disease and mechanical loading on bone structure and mechanical function. Primary research interests include understanding factors that influence the organization and assembly of bone at discrete length scales throughout bone’s hierarchy.

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Faculty and Staff of the Year Nominations!

March 4th, 2010 · No Comments

Its that time of the year to nominate those deserving faculty and staff members for Faculty of the Year or Staff of the Year.
Criteria for Faculty of the Year Nominations: A faculty member who has: gone above and beyond his/her normal duties, been a great mentor, and who has advocated for the needs of graduate students

Criteria for Staff of the Year Nominations: any staff member who has gone above and beyond his/her normal duties to help and support graduate students

Nominations should consist of a sentence or two (or more if you need) why you are nominating that staff or faculty member. Please send all nominations to by Thursday, March 11th at noon.
Graduate students will be voting for the winners at our next BMEGSA meeting, on Thursday March 11th at 5pm in MJIS 1001.

Winners of the Faculty and Staff of the Year Awards will receive a plaque, and their names on the perpetual plaque on the first floor. The winner of the faculty of the year award will be asked to give the final summer seminar.
Please let Jamie know if you have any questions!

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November Meeting and Indiana Ice

November 11th, 2009 · No Comments

Hi everyone!
Our next BMEGSA meeting is Wednesday November 18th at 5pm. The meeting will be taking place at IUPUI in SL-165 (teleconned to MJIS 2001). Please note the change of location!
As always, food will be provided at both locations.
Also, if you’ve signed up to attend the Indiana Ice hockey game, you will be receiving an email with more details.

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BMEGSA BBQ, 8/21! Canoe Trip, 8/29!

August 20th, 2009 · No Comments


Friday August 21st, 5pm, Happy Hollow Park, Shelter #3
Please bring a side dish to share!
For more information: Email Jamie Brugnano:


Saturday August 29th, $15 per person.
Hodges (Delphi IN), approximately 21 miles drive from Lafayette.

Shaili will be collecting money for reservations and canoe rental up until this Friday (August 21). This will definitely help in reservation and  confirm the exact number of people going. Please stop by her office (2050 MJIS) before Friday 3pm or see her at the BMEGSA BBQ to reserve your spot!
Reservations will be based on the number of people who pay by Friday, so we can work on car pooling details after that.

If you are interested or have more questions, email Shaili Sharma:

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Basic Webpage Template Available

August 11th, 2009 · No Comments

To help BME graduate students get started, BMEGSA has created a very basic template for you to use as your index page. You can download this template from the BMEGSA website:

Open this template in Microsoft Word, or any word processing program or html editor, and make any necessary changes. Then, go into your Career Account home directory and replace the index.html file in the www folder with your newly edited index.htm file. Finally, go check out your webpage! (“alias” is your official Purdue Career Account login name)

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