2016 Golden Hammer Winner
At Bucknell, this year's College of Engineering annual Engineers Week competition ran Feb. 22-26.  This is a week of events organized to celebrate engineering and to provide both competitive and professional opportunities for the students.

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Events this year included the annual departmental banner competition, trivia competition, dance competition, video competition, alumni networking events and ended with the Engineering Week Banquet on Friday evening. 

The banquet included over 500 engineering students, faculty, staff, and alumni who gathered to celebrate engineering and to enjoy the camaraderie developed within the College of Engineering throughout the week. In addition to recapping the winners of the week's events, the banquet showcased the top departmental videos. The entertaining evening concluded with the announcement of which departments placed in the top three for the week. When the Biomedical Engineering students, faculty and staff learned that they had won another Engineers Week title, they celebrated the victory and proudly received the coveted Golden Hammer and E-Week Champions Plaque.

James Baish, Chair and Professor of Biomedical Engineering (co-investigator), and his colleagues Lance Munn (co-PI), Timothy Padera (co-PI), received a grant to be awarded to Massachusetts General Hospital and subawarded to Bucknell for their work in "Systems Biology of Lymphatic Transport. National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute." Congratulations on the grant!

Joseph Tranquillo, Associate Professor for Biomedical Engineering, was recently nominated by Bucknell University for CASE US Professor of the Year.

Sarah Denning, BME '16, was also selected for one of the BMES Graduate Design and Research Awards for the BMES Annual Meeting in Tampa, FL for her extended abstract:  Peak Extraction Force Of Kirschner (K-) Wire And Reference Probe Indentation Parameters As Predictors Of Bone Mineral Density (BMD).

Kelly Tong, BME '16, was selected for one of the BMES Graduate Design and Research Awards for the BMES Annual Meeting in Tampa, FL for her extended abstract:  Comparison of Mechanical Testing Methods for Biomaterials: Nanoindentation, Pipette Aspiration, and Compression Testing.

Greg Danchik, BME '15 was selected as a winner in the BMES Undergraduate Student Research & Design Competition for his work on "Comparison of Head Impact Accelerations Based on Ground Cover of Playgrounds."  He also was selected as the top poster in the "Engineering & Natural Sciences" track at the Susquehanna Valley Undergraduate Research Symposium in spring 2015.

Sarah Denning, BME '16 was named the winner of the 7th World Congress of Biomechanics' Student Paper Competition, sponsored by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). Out of more than 120 submissions from nine of the world's major biomechanics communities, Sarah was named the winner of the undergraduate Solid Mechanics & Materials, Design Dynamics, Rehabilitation group.

Erica Gaugler, BME '15, received the following awards in May 2015:  The Louis W. Robey Prize, the Bucknell Prize in Biomedical Engineering, The Oliver J. Decker Prize and The Ernest and Josephine Christensen Award.

Mark Daley, BME '17, also received the following awards:  The George Morris Philips Prize and The President's Award for Distinguished Academic Achievement

Mary Helen Schwartz and Heather Bothwell both BME '15 received the Biomedical Engineering Professionalism Award.   

Greg Danchik, BME '15, received the Biomedical Engineering Excellence Award.

The Spring 2013 Newsletter for the Biomedical Engineering Division (BED) of ASEE is now online!

Eric Orbison '10 receives dental fraternity scholarship
Orbison is studying at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry.

BME 3-Peats!! Wins third consecutive Engineers Week competition
For the third year in a row and the fourth time in seven years, the BME students, faculty and staff won the College of Engineering’s annual Engineers Week competition which ran from February 18th-22nd, 2013.

Rats go high tech to root out land mines
Bucknell professors Kevin Myers (psychology) and Joe Tranquillo (biomedical and electrical engineering) are developing technology and training rats to eradicate land mines in developing countries.

Geisinger Partnership: Engineering solutions in healthcare
Bucknell's biomedical engineering students each year partner with surgeons, nurses and other medical professionals to solve real-world medical issues.

So you're a cyborg — now what?
Joe Tranquillo (biomedical engineering) and John Hunter (humanities), spoke about the tension between technology and memory at the Neuro-Humanities Entanglement Conference at Georgia Tech in April 2011, where academics and thinkers from a variety of disciplines came together to discuss how their seemingly disparate areas of study might connect.

Students build critical skills, connections through Engineering Success Alliance
Now in its second year, the Engineering Success Alliance provides students who come from under-resourced high schools with the academic resources, peer support and opportunities they need to succeed.

Professor's study of blood vessels could aid in cancer drug delivery
In a discovery that could aid in cancer treatment, a team of researchers at Bucknell University (including James Baish), Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School have found a better way to map blood vessels in normal and cancerous tumors.

Article captures key aspects of vascular geometry
Professor James Baish was first author an article in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences titled, "Scaling rules for diffusive drug delivery in tumor and normal tissues." (PNAS Feb 1 2011). In August, the Faculty of 1000 placed this article in a library of the top 2% of published articles in biology and medicine.

Study seeks to find out if Wii Fit builds better balance in older adults
A Bucknell professor and student worked with 11 residents at a local retirement home to learn if balance training can help prevent falls in older adults.

Biomed engineers develop brain-powered device
Biomedical Engineering students are testing a brainwave- and muscle-activated mechanism they developed for a Fundamentals of Biomedical Signals and Systems class at Bucknell University.

What Will Be the Hot Jobs of 2018?
Biomedical engineering jobs are predicted to grow by 72% by 2018.