Bioengineering News Archive


June 2013

Doiron receives NIH grant

Amber Doiron, Assistant Professor of Bioengineering, has received a $418,470 NIH R21 grant from the National Institute for Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), on the project titled "Iron Oxide Based Polymer Nanocomplex for Functional Detection of Atherosclerosis". The project will be for two years and conducted in collaboration with Dr. Omar Z. Fisher at Temple University.

February 2013

Graduate student receives recognition for conference paper

William Ford, a PhD student in the Biomedical Engineering graduate program, published a paper titled "Classifying Lung Cancer Recurrence Time Using Novel Ensemble Method with Gene Network Based Input Models" at the 2012 Complex Adaptive Systems Conference held in November 2012 in Washington D.C. His paper received a recognition as the 1st Runner-Up for the Application Award

Graduate student receives recognition for conference presentation

Sara Mina, a MS student in the Biomedical Engineering graduate program, presented a paper titled "Endothelial to mesenchymal transformation mechanobiology: Microfluidic experiments and multiscale modeling" at the 2013 Emerging Researchers National Conference in STEM in Washington D.C. Sara was awarded first place in the oral presentation contest.

September 2012

Catalano receives STIC recognition

George Catalano was honored in the Southern Tier Independence Center (STIC) Honor Roll for his commitment to community service. "Professor Catalano oversees a program that enables engineering students to develop customized and creative assistive technology devices to meet the needs of people with disabilities. Not only has he helped many individuals to have better lives, he has inculcated many young engineers with the essential understanding that designers should work with people directly to understand their needs and develop products that work for them." (fromSTIC Fall 2012 Newsletter)

May 2012

Students win best poster awards at BBRC 2012

The following three student posters received Best Poster Awards at the 2012 Binghamton Biomedical Research Conference held on April 27 & 28, 2012.
Qionghua Weng: "Pacemaker Development for the Second Heart"
Xue Liu:"Assessing Muscle Imbalances in the Lower Back"
Nicole Stroke, Rachel Engelberg, Eileen Shimizu, Richard Goettel:
"Influence of Transiently Increased Core Body Temperature on Body Mass Changes in Young Adult Women"

Junior bioengineering major receives 2012-13 Goldwater Scholarship

David Bassen, a junior Bioengineering major in the Watson School, is the recipient of a 2012-13 Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship. He is one of 282 scholarship recipients nationwide selected on the basis of academic merit from a field of 1,123 mathematics, science and engineering students nominated by their colleges and universities. The Goldwater Scholarship is the premier undergraduate award of its type in these fields.

December 2011

Graduate student publishes lead paper in international journal

Ravi Mathur (Class of 2009, M.S. 2011) publishes a lead paper in the Int. J. of Computational Biology and Drug Design (Vol. 4, No. 4). His paper was titled "Perturbation and candidate analysis to combat overfitting of gene expression microarray data." Collaborating with Ravi on this paper: J David Schaffer and Walker H. Land Jr. - Binghamton University, Bioengineering Department; John J. Heine, Jonathan M. Hernandez, and Timothy Yeatman - H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute.

November 2011

Land receives best paper award

Walker Land received the Best Paper Award at the 2011 Complex Adaptive Systems Conference, which was held on October 31 – Nov 2, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. His paper was titled "A New Tool for Survival Analysis: Evolutionary Programming/Evolutionary Strategies (EP/ES) Support Vector Regression Hybrid Using Both Censored/Non-Censored (Event) Data."
Collaborating with Walker on this paper; Dan Margolis – Binghamton University, SSIE Department graduate student, Xingye Qiao – Binghamton University, Assistant Professor, Mathematical Sciences, and Ron Gottlieb, Radiologist, University of Arizona.

October 2011

Undergraduate wins award in Innocentive Challenge

Christopher Paquette (Class of 2012) has won an award of $5000 for his proposal submitted to Innocentive Challenge. His proposal is to predict crop yields using machine learning techniques and blimp-sensor platforms.

October 2010

Sayama receives NSF Grant

Hiroki Sayama has received a $412K grant from the NSF Cyber-enabled Discovery and Innovationon program on "Modeling and Predicting State-Topology Coevolution of Complex Adaptive Networks". The project will be for three years.

Alumunus starts new service in NYC

Dene Farrell (Class of 2006) has started a new service, Roommates Wanted NYC. Read more in a New York Times article.

April 2010

Sayama receives two ICG grants

Hiroki Sayama received two Interdisciplinary Collaboration Grants from the Division of Research of Binghamton University. One project is on "Modeling Diffusion and Adoption of Innovation over Space and Time Using Automated Model Discovery Techniques", and the other on "A System for Individual-Based Modeling Using Graphics Processing Unit Acceleration".

August 2009

Sayama publishes book on adaptive networks

Hiroki Sayama, in collaboration with Thilo Gross (Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems, Germany), has edited and published a book "Adaptive Networks: Theory, Models and Applications" from Springer.

February 2009

Graduate student receives national recognition as one of the New Faces of Engineering

Feb. 17, 2009
BME graduate student Guru Madhavan was recognized as one of the New Faces of Engineering 2009 by the National Engineering Week Foundation.

Graduate student wins "20 in their Twenties" recognition

Feb. 5, 2009
BME graduate student Kathryn Fletcher received the "20 in their Twenties" award from the Southern Tier Opportunity Coalition.

November 2008

Graduate student launches startup company

Nov. 13, 2008
BME graduate student Kathryn Fletcher has launched a startup company, H2 Innovations, Inc., with EE graduate student Patrick Hart. Video/story by WICZ Fox 40.

September 2008

Undergraduate Accomplishments updated

Sept. 25, 2008
Click here for the Bioengineering Undergraduate Accomplishments page

Bioengineering Program accredited by the ABET

Sept. 22, 2008

The B.S. in Bioengineering Program has been accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012, telephone: (410) 347-7700.

Sayama, Laramee receive $552K NSF grant

Sept. 10, 2008
Hiroki Sayama (Bioengineering), Shelley Dionne (School of Management), Craig Laramee (Bioengineering) and Francis Yammarino (School of Management) received a $552,074 NSF grant for Evolutionary Perspective on Collective Decision Making. Dave Schaffer, a Visiting Professor of Bioengineering, also participates in this project.

June 2008

Graduation speech and commencement photos

June 8, 2008
The graduation speech by student speaker Danielle Barone and some photos at the 2008 Commencement are available.

May 2008

BE senior recognized for Undergraduate Student Excellence

May 2, 2008
BE senior Kathryn Fletcher received the distinction of Honorable Mention for the 2008 University Awards for Undergraduate Student Excellence.
Click here for more info

April 2008

Graduate student selected as the "Student of the Year" in EE Times ACE Awards

April 7, 2008
BE graduate student Guru Madhavan was selected as the "Student of the Year" in the 2008 EE Times ACE Awards.

March 2008

Sayama invited to University of Vermont Complex Systems Center

March 30, 2008
Hiroki Sayama was invited as a Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series Speaker by the University of Vermont Complex Systems Center from March 26 to 28. He gave a talk there about "Self-Organization of Heterogeneous Self-Propelled Particle Swarms" on March 27.

BE students held the 2nd Annual Bioengineering Fair for kids; photos uploaded

March 25, 2008
BE student organization The Binghamton Bioengineers held the 2nd Annual Bioengineering Fair "ICK! - I'm a Complex Kid" for kids in the community on March 1, 2008, at the University Downtown Center. Follow this link to see the Photo Gallery!

Beaumont gave a talk at Watson Faculty Seminar

March 6, 2008
Jacques Beaumont presented his research at the Third Watson Faculty Seminar held on March 6, 2008.

February 2008

Graduate student honored by STOC

Feb. 29, 2008
BE graduate student Guru Madhavan was among the 20 young professionals recognized by The Southern Tier Opportunity Coalition.

Laramee, Sayama received $150K NSF grant

Feb. 28, 2008
Craig Laramee (Bioengineering), David Sloan Wilson (Biology and Anthropology), Shelley Dionne (School of Management) and Hiroki Sayama (Bioengineering) received a $149,955 NSF grant for Teaching Social Complexity and Multidisciplinary Team Building: An Experimental Engineering Approach.

3rd Binghamton Biomedical Research Conference to be held on May 3

Feb. 28, 2008
The 3rd Annual Binghamton Biomedical Research Conference will be held on May 3, 2008, at the University Downtown Center.

Sayama gave a talk at first Watson Faculty Seminar

Feb. 7, 2008
Hiroki Sayama was among the three presenters at the first Watson Faculty Seminar held on February 7, 2008.

McLeod to speak at Science Cabaret

Feb. 4, 2008
BE Chair Ken McLeod will speak on "Where Medicine Went Wrong" in the Science Cabaret on March 4.

Sayama invited to Max Planck Institute, Germany

Feb. 4, 2008
Hiroki Sayama was invited as a guest scientist and the institute colloquium speaker by the Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems in Dresden, Germany. He visited from Jan. 2 to 18.

January 2008

BE students to attend the Society of Women Engineers Conference

Jan. 31, 2008
Six BE female students (Caitlyn Chiofolo, Kristen Greco, Lauren Hazucha, Dana Russell, Kristie Shirreffs and Kara Sobieniak) will attend the Society of Women Engineers Region E Conference that will be held at VCU on March 7-9, 2008. The Department is sponsoring their trip.

BE senior selected to head upstate development panel

Jan. 31, 2008
BE senior Josh Kay was appointed to the newly formed Young Leaders Congress by First Lady Silda Spitzer.

October 2007

Catalano received Chancellor's Award for Excellence

Oct. 18, 2007
George Catalano received a 2006-07 State University of New York Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching. He was among 26 faculty, staff and alumni recognized for their excellence during the year 2006-07.

Graduate student receives honor

Oct. 12, 2007
BE graduate student Guru Madhavan will accept the 2007 Mike Sargeant Award from the Institution of Engineering and Technology during a November ceremony in London.

August 2007

Undergraduate Accomplishments updated

Aug. 23, 2007
Click here for the Bioengineering Undergraduate Accomplishments page

Computer recommendations for BE majors

Aug. 22, 2007
Click here for the Bioengineering Computer Recommendations page

June 2007

Department website updated

June 25, 2007
New information added, including information about the new Biomedical Engineering graduate program that will start in Fall 2007.

May 2007

BE senior featured in Inside BU

May 17, /2007
BE senior Tina Chang was featured in the Inside BU article "Senior blends engineering, mathematics."

April 2007

Graduate student won double awards

April 26, 2007
BE graduate student Guru Madhavan won both the TACNY Young Technologist of the Year Award and the Binghamton University Council/Foundation Award.

BE Bowling '07 Images

April 22, 2007
Photo gallery of our first Bioengineering Bowling event!

BE senior received Chancellor's Award

April 18, 2007
BE senior Sheila Saia received the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence.

March 2007

Ellen Madison received STAR Award

March 2, 2007
BE Department Administrator Ellen Madison received the STAR Award. The STAR Award celebrates specific acts of exemplary service and ongoing dedication to the principles of quality service. Winners receive a pin, a $50 check and a letter from President Lois B. DeFleur. Madison was nominated by Guru Madhavan and bioengineering colleagues and students.

February 2007

BE students held science fair for kids

Feb. 23, 2007
BE student organization The Binghamton Bioengineers held the "ICK! - I'm a Complex Kid" Science Fair for kids in the community, which met with a great success and was featured in a local newspaper.

May 2006

BE Picnic '06 Image

May 22, 2006
Photo gallery of our first Bioengineering picnic!

Fast Track BS-MBA

May 8, 2006
The Watson School and the School of Management cooperate to offer a combined Fast Track BS-MBA program, which allows Watson students to earn an MBA in one additional year beyond the normal four-year BS degree in Bioengineering.

April 2006

BCC Scholastic Fair '06 Images

April 29, 2006
Photo gallery of the BCC Scholastic Fair 2006 where some of our faculty and graduate students volunteered to judge.

February 2006

Walker Land contributes chapter to new text

Feb. 28, 2006
Walker Land contributed a chapter in a recent book entitled Recent Advances in Breast Imaging, Mammography, and Computer-Aided Diagnosis of Breast Cancer (.pdf,480kb). The book was just published in February of 2006.

Student blends science, business

Feb. 16, 2006
Guruprasad Madhavan doesn't just want to be an engineer. He wants to be a "renaissance engineer", a wellrounded person with multiple intelligences who understands technical information, business and several cultures.

December 2005

BME Doctoral Student Featured in AAMI Career Development Article

Dec. 13, 2005
BME doctoral student Guruprasad Madhavan was featured in an AAMI career development article (.pdf,116kb).

November 2005

Ken McLeod Honored at Recognition Dinner

Nov. 18, 2005
BE Chair Ken McLeod honored at recognition dinner for innovation, creation, and discovery.

Good vibrations: Muscle stimulation might help stave off type 2 diabetes

Nov. 15, 2005
Leann Lesperance is looking for ways to improve the odds against increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
Click here for more on his research

Bioengineering web site gets a face-lift

Nov. 10, 2005
Bioengineering web site gets a face-lift from BE PhD student Dan Sloat. Better usability, manageability & Tuftian design principles employed to give site a new look-and-feel.

October 2005

Complex tied to expanding commercialization of University research

Oct. 14, 2005
Click here for more information about the ITC

May 2005

BE Graduate Student Receives IEEE/RAB Larry K. Wilson Award

May 20, 2005
BME doctoral student Guruprasad Madhavan receives the IEEE/RAB Larry K. Wilson Award for Excellence in Student Activities.

April 2005

Bioengineering sophomore, Amy Au Yeung, has been accepted to the BioMEMSs Summer Institute Program at New Jersey Institute of Technology. While participating in the summer program, Yeung will learn how to construct a BioMEMS device that will be used to address an assigned biomedical issue. She will also be taking several classes on BioMEMS, Biological and Chemical Foundations for Biomedical Engineers, and Fundamentals of Biomedical Engineering. We are very proud of Yeung’s initiative to pursue academic achievements outside of the scope of academic obligations to our program.

BE Graduate Student Publishes Professional Development Articles

April 28, 2005
Bioengineering Graduate student's ( Guruprasad Madhavan ) professional development articles published.
(article 1) (.pdf,86kb)
(article 2) (.pdf,40kb)

Bioengineering Technology featured in Empire State Plaza, Albany on April 19, Binghamton University Day

April 19, 2005

Craig Laramee receives NYSTAR James Watson Young Investigator Award

April 18, 2005
BE faculty Craig Laramee receives NYSTAR James Watson Young Investigator Award.

BE faculty is awarded grant for cutting-edge Biorobotics Research

April 15, 2005

BE Doctoral Student Receives University Excellence Award

April 12, 2005
BME doctoral student Guruprasad Madhavan receives the University Excellence Award and to represent the program at the United Nations Conference.

BE faculty Ken McLeod receives a grant bonanza from New York State and Private Industry

April 10, 2005
Click here for the full article

January 2005

Bioengineers collaborate with local clinicians to improve chronic health (.pdf,353kb)

Jan. 25, 2005

The Bioengineering Engineering department has moved to the new Innovative Technologies Complex 2nd floor

Jan. 5, 2005

December 2004

The Bioengineering Engineering Department moves to the Biotechnology Building, the first building in the new Innovative Technologies Complex (ITC)

October 2004

The graduate students in bioengineering presented posters at the BMES (Biomedical Engineering Society) annual conference at Philadelphia in October. The posters were presented by Atul Pawar (Bayesian Classifier for False Alarm Reduction in ICU's) and Diana Anderson(Cellular Automata Modeling of Polyampholyte Adsorption and Self-Organization).

September 2004

The National Science Foundation provides $375,000 in funding to support undergraduate curriculum development for program in Bioengineering

Sept. 21, 2004

Binghamton Bioengineering program highlighted in recent review of bioengineering programs

Sept. 10, 2004

August 2004

New website for Department of Bioengineering (http:\\ was launched on Aug. 10, built by graduate student Atul Pawar, who is working as a Research Assistant in the department of Bioengineering.

May 2004

BE undergraduates win prestigious internship opportunities

Three bioengineering undergraduate students have received placements in prestigious summer internship programs.

Dene Farrell, a sophomore, has been accepted into a remarkably selective research program at the Santa Fe Institute, New Mexico to pursue studies in Biocomplexity. Farrell will also be pursing distinct and prestigious international study programs in Germany and Austria. These programs will last for one full academic year. Farrell will be supported with stipend, travel awards and housing during his entire tenure.

Joanna Hedels, a second-year BE undergraduate student, has been offered an internship opportunity at the Virginia Commonwealth University in the area of Bioinformatics. This program will extend over 2 summers. Hedels will also enjoy stipend, travel awards, and housing support during her internship program. Hedels jointly manages the roles of the vice president and secretary of the Binghamton Bioengineers.

Michael Brown, a second-year student, has been accepted into the Masonic Medical Research Laboratory, (Utica, NY) Summer Fellowship Program to pursue studies in the mathematical modeling of physiological systems. Brown has been awarded with stipend support.

The Binghamton Bioengineers organize blood drive

The Binghamton Bioengineers, in collaboration with American Red Cross Society, organized what was said to be one of the most successful and high-turn in blood drives at Binghamton University. About 35 donors donated blood. The Red Cross plans to re-collaborate with the society to organize another blood drive in the fall.

BE faculty receives Watson Founders Award

On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science, Bartle Professor Don Gause was conferred the prestigious Founders Award. Gause was honored in recognition of his contributions, vision, and extraordinary commitment to the Watson School.

Don, who is also the Bioengineering Graduate Program Director is one of the foremost experts in the nation in the areas of Heuristic Problem Solving, Heuristic Programming, Systems Design, Modeling and Simulation, and Neural Network and Genetic Models and is engaged in the creation, evolution, and testing of effective teaching approaches drawing heavily on adaptive simulation processes.

BE Department receives a grant bonanza from New York state to fight chronic illnesses

On May 11, Governor George Pataki announced a $749,931 grant award to the Department of Bioengineering to support its mission in fighting against chronic diseases such as diabetes, osteoporosis and heart failure. This grant, part of $3 million in faculty development awards to four New York universities administered by the New York State Office of Science, Technology, and Academic Research, will support the program to recruit a researcher to lead the new Clinical Sciences Research Center that will focus on chronic disease prevention and management.

April 2004

The Binghamton Bioengineers participate in health care awareness activities

The Binghamton Bioengineers initiated its public health-care awareness activities by participating in two major health walks conducted by the American Diabetes Association and the American Heart Association in the Greater Binghamton Area. The students blended well with the Binghamton public and educated the people to be aware of chronic debilitating conditions such as diabetes and heart disease. The students also raised approximately $500 for the walks. This participation was significantly appreciated by the organizers and the public.

March 2004

"The Binghamton Bioengineers" formed

Bioengineering undergraduate and graduate students have formed an IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society under the name "The Binghamton Bioengineers." IEEE approved the formation of the society and will fund the society’s proposed activities in the areas of public health-care awareness, community education, technical contributions and leadership-based activities. The society has been concurrently chartered by the Graduate Student Organization and the Undergraduate Student Association the University. The society consists of four main officers, viz. president, vice president, secretary and treasurer. Undergraduate students have actively assumed offices in the areas of membership management, fundraising, social activities, industry relations, and publications and library management.

Whitaker Foundation Report cites 26.1% rise in biomedical engineering jobs

ARLINGTON, Va., March 19, 2004 --- The number of biomedical engineering jobs will climb almost twice as fast as the overall average for a 26.1 percent gain by 2012, according to the government's new long-range forecast. Overall job growth is projected to be 14.8 percent, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The bureau's growth projections have declined slightly since the last national survey two years ago. At that time, the government foresaw a 31.4 percent increase in biomedical engineering jobs over 10 years and a 15.2 percent overall growth.

The new report released last month counted 7,600 biomedical engineering jobs in the United States as of 2002 and projected that number to exceed 10,000 by 2012.

Thirty-eight percent of all biomedical engineers counted in the government survey worked in manufacturing industries, principally in pharmaceutical and medicine manufacturing and in industries that make medical instruments and supplies. Other big employers are hospitals and government agencies. "The aging of the population and the focus on health issues will increase the demand for better medical devices and equipment designed by biomedical engineers," the report said. Areas of rapid development cited by the report include computer-assisted surgery and molecular, cellular and tissue engineering as well as rehabilitation and orthopedic engineering. "Along with the demand for more sophisticated medical equipment and procedures is an increased concern for cost efficiency and effectiveness that also will boost demand for biomedical engineers," the report said. "However, because of the growing interest in this field, the number of degrees granted in biomedical engineering has increased greatly, leading to the potential for competition for jobs." As it stands, biomedical engineers earned a median annual income of $60,410 in 2002. The middle 50 percent earned between $58,320 and $88,830. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $48,450, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $107,520, the report said. The BLS cited a 2003 salary survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers showing that bachelor's degree candidates in biomedical engineering received employment offers averaging $39,126 a year, while master's degree candidates considered offers of about $61,000.The government's 10-year employment forecast is watched closely by career guidance counselors and institutions that plan education and training programs. The projections are also used in studies of long-range employment trends.

February 2004

BE graduate student accepts an IEEE editorial position

Guruprasad Madhavan, a bioengineering doctoral candidate accepted an associate editor position offered by a prominent IEEE magazine - Potentials. IEEE- the Institution of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, headquartered at Piscataway, New Jersey, is the largest technical organization in the world and its magazine Potentials is considered to be the #1 magazine for upcoming engineers. The average international circulation of the Potentials is 50,000 copies.

August 2003

Binghamton bioengineering program highlighted in recent review of bioengineering programs

The unique nature of Binghamton's bioengineering program was highlighted in a recent review on the foundations of biomedical engineering:
Robert A. Linsenmeier. "What Makes a Biomedical Engineer? Defining the Undergraduate Biomedical Engineering Curriculum". IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology, Vol. 22:4, pages 32-38. July/August, 2003. © 2003 IEEE.

September 2003

The National Science Foundation provides $375,000 in funding to support undergraduate curriculum development for program in bioengineering.

The National Science Foundation announced that it will be funding a grant to the Bioengineering Department at Binghamton titled: Undergraduate Bioengineering, a unique Science-Based Discipline through its Engineering Education Program. The proposal focuses on developing bioengineering as a branch of engineering based on the principles of the complex systems science. A second emphasis is on explicitly covering professional skills in a sequence of six one-credit courses during the sophomore through senior years of the program. Reviewers of the grant noted that while most bioengineering programs nationwide have been developed as "add on" programs, the bioengineering program at Binghamton represents a true "designed from ground up" program.

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