Students and Organizations
The Biomedical Engineering Program attracts students of the highest quality. Information on students entering the undergraduate program in the last 3 years indicate the Biomedical Engineering students had the highest ACT score of all programs in the College of Engineering and Science and in the University. The average ACT for Fall 2007 for new BIEN students was 26.8, compared to the COES average of 25.3 and the University average of 23.2.
We have been fortunate to have a number of outstanding students, many of which have continued to obtain their Ph.D. degrees in Biomedical Engineering and have strong publication records. From the class of 2005, two of our students were awarded National Science Foundation fellowships, and from the class of 2006 another of our students received this award. These awards are the premier graduate fellowships provided by the National Science Foundation, and they provide each awardee with $30,000 per year over three years. One student from our 2007 graduate class received a National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship, which provides similar support.
In the past two years, students from our program have been hired at the Bachelors level by Baxter Healthcare, Glenwood Regional Medical Center, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, the Veterans Administration Medical Center, Hunterwood Technologies, CheckPoint, The Pennington Center, and the Government of Kuwait.
Graduates during the last two years were admitted to graduate school at Purdue, Texas A&M, Louisiana State University, New Jersey Institute of Technology, and Virginia Commonwealth University.
Other graduates during the past two years have been admitted to medical school at LSU Medical School, LSU Health Sciences Center, University of Texas Health Sciences Center, and the University of Arkansas, Little Rock Medical School.
The program continues to attract the best students in the University, many of whom come from out of state to study biomedical engineering here.
Research Spotlight: Biomedical Student Acknowledged by National Academy of Engineering and White House
In 2011, Louisiana Tech Biomedical Engineering student Louis Reis graduated as a Grand Challenge Scholar, earning national recognition and congratulations from the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). Reis was one of just 14 students who graduated with this distinction.
Reis was also acknowledged by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy for his project “Engineering Better Medicine,” which included developing scaffolding for growing corneal cells, designing a blood glucose monitoring system, and creating a mobile DNA analysis system. Reis also won second-place finish in Tech’s Tog Dawg Business Plan Competition, and is currently applying for a patent and a grant from the Small Business Innovation Research program. In addition to these honors, Reis received a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. He will pursue a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering at Tech, beginning in the fall.
Learn more about Reis’s accomplishments at http://siliconbayounews.com/2011/05/26/white-house-features-louisiana-tech-grad-for-innovation-in-biotech-research/.