Meinig School hosts first M.Eng. industry engagement day
On Monday, May 15, the Meinig School hosted its first-ever industry engagement day for its master of engineering (M.Eng.) students. The event, held in Weill Hall, featured over fifteen guests from industry who shared their experiences with nearly 80 students and learned more about the School’s biomedical engineering M.Eng. program.
Featured speakers at the event included George Botsakos, Life Sciences Industry Lead for PA Consulting and Len Tokish, VP of Engineering and Quality Management at LINKSpine. The daylong program featured a M.Eng. projects poster session, two career panel breakout sessions, and a Shark Tank-style competition where M.Eng. students pitched their yearlong projects to and took questions from the audience consisting of industry participants, students, and faculty.
First place in the pitch competition went to Si (Cynthia) Chen, Anny Cunha, Michael Messina, Monika McCarter, Gayathri Shibu, for presentation of their project, “Device to optimize the delivery strategy for photocrosslinkable collagen gels to herniated discs.” Second place went to Ashanna Biltoo, Rahul Kamath, and Yilong Zhong, for presentation of their project “A low-cost visual acuity screener.”
The event, intended to be an annual occasion, was organized by consultant Charla Triplett, Meinig School M.Eng. Director and Professor of Practice Newton de Faria, and graduate field assistant Belinda Floyd as a way to connect industry representatives with the facilities and breadth of talent in the Meinig School M.Eng. Program.