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Watson student wins prestigious engineering award

By : Gail Glover

Guruprasad Madhavan, a doctoral student in systems science with a biosystems concentration, has been selected by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) to receive the Larry K. Wilson Regional Student Activities Award.

The annual award recognizes students for outstanding work in furthering the cause of engineering science and technology, and for contributions to IEEE related student activities. Criteria for nomination include the level of contributions to professional development and the technical body of knowledge, support of IEEE branches and chapters, promotion of IEEE and per-sonal performance.

Madhavan’s nomination was based on his student leadership in the Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, and professional contributions to the IEEE/EMB magazine and IEEE/Potentials/magazine.

“Guru is, without question, more involved in program, University, community, national and international service activities than any graduate student I have worked with in my 20 plus years in academia,” said Kenneth McLeod, chair of the bioengineering department, who nominated Madhavan.

In addition to his role as a research assistant, Madhavan serves as a teaching assistant in the bio-engineering program. He has organized a lecture series, bringing in professionals from industry, finance and law, whose activities relate to technology in medicine and biology.

Madhavan’s doctoral research is on chronic disease, and he has conducted a variety of outreach efforts with the United Health Services and Lourdes systems. He was also invited to serve on an advisory panel for the American Heart Association, as well as on the Binghamton Rotary healthcare committee. At the national level, Madhavan has reviewed books for the IEEE for several years, and was recently asked to serve as associate editor for an IEEE publication geared toward engineering students.
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Last Updated: 10/14/08