Tatiana and her team of senior capstone design students were accepted to present their research at the annual UC Systemwide Bioengineering Conference in 2018. Their project is SurgeCare, a foot-powered surgical instrument washer using pressurized and recycled water, which they hope will help lower the rate of surgical infections in low-middle income settings. The trip to San Diego for Tatiana, Jovanny, and Irene to present their work was funded by the department.
“Presenting at the BioE Symposium helped our team articulate our idea effectively to a larger audience, and I loved getting to learn about what other BioE students across the state were working on. The conference took our work beyond the classroom and helped me to see the design process that we had gone through with our project mirrored in other groups’ work.”
The SurgeCare project work will be continuing through campus grants from Big Ideas and the Jacob’s Institute of Design Innovation, and Tatiana is now a student in our Master of Translational Medicine program.
Attending research conferences is excellent experience for students, but money to pay for travel and lodging is hard to come by. The department is able to fund conference travel for only a few students each year.