By ANDRIANNA MARSTON
Biomedical engineers are preparing to fill the hallways
of Bogard Hall tomorrow with newly designed products and poster boards for the
Second Annual Biomedical Engineering Research Day.
“This is basically a poster presentation session where
graduate students present the research they have worked on all year,” Patrick Clerkin, a graduate student of biomedical engineering,
Clerkin said the research day
is an opportunity for graduate students to gain experience for the future.
“[The event] gives the students a chance to present
research in a low pressure environment and practice for presenting research at
conferences,” he said.
Clerkin said last year was a
ground breaker for the annual event, and this year student presenters will have
“In addition to the practice students will have gained
for the advancement of their future careers, students will also have a chance
to see what other students are researching,” Clerkin
Clerkin said because the field
is so demanding, graduate students usually do not have
spare time to check out their peers’ projects.
“When students enroll in graduate school, often they are
completely focused on their own work, which leaves no time to see other
research conducted in the field,” Clerkin said.
“However, this day allows everyone to check out the different research at
Jerome Saltarrelli, a graduate
student of biomedical engineering, will be one of the many students presenting
research at the event.
“I will test a bone graft from a component of crawfish
shells,” Saltarrelli said.
He said the program is offered at Tech and Tulane.
“And because Tech offers a better program, I decided to
stay here and continue my research,” Saltarrelli
Saltarrelli said the research
day is also geared toward undergraduate students.
“I remember when I first came to Tech, the only way to
find out about a specific curriculum, the research involved and the professors
was to look on the Internet, no hands-on experience,” Saltarrelli
“With a day like this planned, all potential students can
conveniently browse each set up and see what peeks his
or her interest,” Saltarrelli said.
Kellie Huckaby, a graduate
student of biomedical engineering, is a new participant at the research day.
“Diabetes is a disease that affects people worldwide,” Huckaby said.
“I believe this type of research should be continuously
performed and supported because it does have an alternative method to test
their glucose levels.”
Huckaby said she feels it is
important for the university to keep hosting this event.
“I am working on a project that can help individuals all
over the world who are suffering from diabetes,” Huckaby
“[My research] can lead to an easier method of testing
blood glucose levels than the common finger-prick or other methods.”