Big congratulations to Abi Anbuchelvan, Vindhya Kilaru, Peter Sinnott, Aditya Subramanian, Cindy Tung, and Sharicka Zutshi, new 2021-22 Fung Fellows, and Isha Shah and Niki Shakouri who will be continuing as Honors Fellows. The Fellowship trains undergraduate students to develop tech solutions that address societal challenges.
After qualifying for the Olympics in June, incoming BioE 1st-year student Annika McEnroe says that swimming provides her with a safe space to de-stress. Annika will be swimming for Cal this year.
BioE undergraduate Andrea Palomo has been named a 2021 Outstanding Collegiate Member by the Society for Women Engineers, one of only ten in the country. This award is bestowed upon SWE collegiate members who have made an outstanding contribution to SWE, the engineering community and their campus. Congratulations Andrea!
The Summer Biodesign Immersion Experience (BIE) has been a unique 8-week summer program for UC Berkeley juniors and seniors that prepares bioengineers to bridge engineering innovation and unmet clinical needs. After ten summers of incredible experiences, the BIE has had it’s last cohort and will sunset in 2021.
The 2021 Biodesign Immersion Experience, an intensive summer of training in needs finding and the engineering design process, has wrapped up their work with final project presentations after six weeks of team project work. The Blue Team and Gold Team both tackled challenges to healthcare in low resource settings, partnering with individuals and institutions across the world. The BIE is funded by an NIH R25 grant. Read all about the experience at their summer blog.
Bioengineering undergraduate Bryan Wong and his team took third place in the “Berkeley Ventures, Berkeley Values” pitch competition, a recent contest by the Berkeley Startup Cluster focused on ideas to support diversity, equity, and inclusion. Wong pitched Belli Meats, aiming to boost the popularity of faux meats in other cultures with their plant-based pork belly, a product that mimics the real thing with defined layers and distinct meat and fat sections.
Leyla Kabuli, EECS and Music major, has been awarded the 2021 University Medal, Berkeley’s highest honor for a graduating senior. In addition to her many other pursuits, Leyla has been a researcher in Professor Steven Conolly’s lab for the past three years, working on magnetic particle imaging.
Congratulations to bioengineers receiving new NSF Graduate Research Fellowships! Current PhD students: Niroshan Anandasivam, Cynthia Perez, Preethi Raghavan, and Clay Smyth, also a BS BioE 2017. Graduating seniors Saarang Panchavati and Vikram Shivakumar, and recent undergraduate alumni Luis Caldera (2018), Eszter Mihaly (2017), Andrew Sum (2015), and Madelynn Whittaker (2019).
Congratulations to Outstanding GSI Award Winners for 2020-21 from BioE courses: Kristen Cotner, Andrew Dickson, Louise Hansen and Lily Shang! The UC Berkeley Outstanding GSI Awards are given to the best GSIs of the year, nominated by the course instructor.