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The A. James Clark School of Engineering, University of Maryland

The Fischell Department of Bioengineering at the University of Maryland presents:


A Celebration of Bioengineering's Potential to Improve Life for Millions of People

Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014
Jeong H. Kim Engineering Building
University of Maryland, College Park

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  • 1:30 p.m.  Welcome: Dr. William Bentley, Chair, Fischell Department of Bioengineering—Kay Boardrooms
  • 1:45 p.m.  Keynote: Improving Responses to Public Health Threats: Lessons from Influenza and Ebola, Dr. Stephen Redd, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director, Influenza Coordination Unit, Office of Public Health Preparedness & Response—Kay Boardrooms
  • 2:15 p.m.  Research Presentations—Kay Boardrooms

    Influenza Pandemic Preparedness: Evaluating Modes of Influenza Transmission

    Don Milton
    Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics & Medicine
    Director, Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health
    University of Maryland School of Public Health
    View abstract

    Sample Preparation for Point-of-care Infectious Disease Diagnostics
    Ian White
    Associate Professor
    Fischell Department of Bioengineering
    University of Maryland
    View abstract

    Engineering Synthetic Vaccines to Promote Immunity or Tolerance
    Christopher Jewell
    Assistant Professor
    Fischell Department of Bioengineering
    University of Maryland
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  • 3:30 p.m.  Inventors Fair—Kim Rotunda
    Featuring seven UMD-related inventions
    ** notes Fischell Fellow

    Matt Dowling**
    Ph.D., Fischell Department of Bioengineering
    Advisor: Srinivasa Raghavan

    Diagnostic anSERS
    Eric Hoppmann, Wei Yu and Sean Virgile**
    Ph.D.(s), Fischell Department of Bioengineering
    Advisor: Ian White

    Alek Nacev
    Ph.D., Fischell Department of Bioengineering
    Advisor: Ben Shapiro

    Darryl Sampey
    Current Ph.D. student, Fischell Department of Bioenginering
    Advisor: Bill Bentley

    Tony Melchiorri**
    2013 Life Science Invention of the Year Winner
    2013 BioScience Day Venture Fair Winner

    Current Ph.D. student, Fischell Department of Bioengineering
    Advisor: John Fisher

    GI Drug Delivery System
    Rasa Ghaffarian
    2012 BioScience Day Venture Fair Winner
    2011 Life Sciences Invention of the Year Award
    Current Ph.D. student, Fischell Department of Bioengineering
    Advisor: Silvia Muro

    Ultrasound Pulse Monitor for Low Perfusion States
    Stefanie Cohen and Shawn Greenspan
    Winner, 2014 Bioengineering Capstone Competition
    Enrolling in M.Eng. program, Fischell Department of Bioengineering
    Capstone advisor: Yu Chen
  • 3:30 p.m.  Concurrent Activity: Research Poster Session—IHOF Area
  • 4:30 p.m.  Reception—Outside Zupnik Lecture Hall
  • 5:00 p.m.  Whiting-Turner Lecture: Climate, Oceans, and Human Health: Infectious Diseases in a World of Climate Change, presented by Dr. Rita Colwell, Former NSF Director, Distinguished University Professor, University of Maryland—Zupnik Lecture Hall

About the Fischell Festival

Engineers play a crucial role in devising new technologies that enhance the capabilities of health care, improve our quality of life, and shape the future of human healthcare. Now in its seventh year, the Fischell Festival demonstrates how University of Maryland bioengineering faculty and students are joining forces with colleagues in the medical field to design the next generation of biomedical devices, drugs and vaccines, and advanced treatments of injuries and disease. Everyone is welcome–the Fest is open to the public and registration is complimentary.

Undergraduate and graduate students, alumni, faculty, research scientists, members of federal labs, and members of the biotech industry are invited to submit a research poster. Learn more »

See photos, read reviews and watch presentations from past Fischell Festivals:
2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007

Registration: The Festival is Part of Mpact Week!

Mpact Week

The Fischell Festival is now part of the A. James Clark School of Engineering's Mpact Week, a series of signature events showcasing the best research from our faculty, students and colleagues. You'll find common themes throughout, such as entrepreneurship, robotics, and fearless ideas for improving millions lives.

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Thanks for helping us make the 2013 Fischell Festival a success!

Couldn't make it? The 2013 Fischell Festival Recap, including videos and photos, is now online.

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Dr. Fischell

Through a $31 million gift, Robert E. Fischell and his sons Tim, Scott and David established the Fischell Department of Bioengineering and the Robert E. Fischell Institute for Biomedical Devices at the Clark School of Engineering.   

"The greatest achievement that engineering can make is to improve the quality of life for millions of people. Our gift will help young engineers develop their ideas to improve healthcare for human beings throughout the world."

Robert E. Fischell, M.S. '53, Physics

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