Stevens Center Awards Viterbi Biomedical Engineering Ph.D. Students

USC Stevens Center for Innovation sponsored and awarded two innovation prizes at the the 23rd Annual Grodins Graduate Research Symposium April 12, 2019.

Hosted by the USC Viterbi School of Engineering Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME), the all-day event at the USC Hotel included graduate student presentations, a poster session, talks (including Professor K. Kirk Shung, BME department chair), and awards in a number of categories.

Michael Arciero (Director of Technology Licensing and New Ventures, pictured) and Licensing Associates Denise McKenzie and Kate Rodriguez joined from the Stevens Center to attend and judge the event. The Stevens Center has previously sponsored and judged prizes at the annual event, where every biomedical engineering Ph.D. student is required to submit a paper and prepare either a poster or oral presentation.

The USC Stevens Center for Innovation gave out two awards:

  • Best Commercial Potential: Ali Marjaninejad (pictured above), “New generation of bio-inspired robots that learn and adapt using limited experience” (recently featured in Nature Machine Intelligence)
  • Most Disruptive: Xingfeng Shao (pictured below), “Mapping water exchange across the blood-brain barrier”

Visit the Grodins Graduate Research Symposium website for more information.

–by USC Stevens Center for Innovation staff, published April 15, 2019