Impulses (Mar 2015 Edition)

Sage Duddleston, 3rd Year, BME

What makes you passionate about BME? Why do you do this?
It combines a lot of things I’m passionate about, from all the biotech applications to the designing of medical applications. I actually work at the shop, and it’s just a really fun atmosphere.

Who inspires you the most or what class inspires you the most?
Dr. Platt’s BMED 3600 reassured me that I’m at the right place. All his cell biology and engineering talks have been inspirational.

What are you making right now?
Miniature shoes.

Connor Sofia, 3rd Year, BME

Who inspires you the most in this department?
I would have to say Paul Fincannon. I’ve only seen him a couple times, one of which was when he was my FASET leader. I am a transfer student from Chicago, and Paul was the first official representative I met from the BME department. He helped me with planning classes and gave me a general idea of the major.

What makes you passionate about BME? Why did you come to Tech specifically for our BME program?
It’s actually a really complicated story, but I can boil it down for you. I needed to go to a school that had a fantastic engineering program but specifically biomedical engineering. I am not going to leave home and travel 200 miles just for some half-rate education. I moved here for three things: quality of education, pricing, and location.

Why BME and not another engineering major?
I was initially planning to become a doctor and recently changed my mind. Instead, I want to work in a field where I can make a lot of advancements in medical technologies, which is plausible with engineering. I am absolutely intrigued with robotic limbs.

What do you do outside of BME?
I used to do photography but I’ve also gotten national awards for poetry slams. I would go up in front of people every weekend and just talk. I was also the best writer in my high school too and have won awards for that.

What’s something really cool you’re involved in right now?
What’s really cool is the project I’m working on in BMED 2300 right now. We are redesigning a medical device, which in my group’s case is the walker. That’s really interesting for me because back home, I have a twin sister who’s been sick for about 5 years and needs a walker to get around the house. In fact, she knit the hat I’m wearing right now; this is just one of her many talents. One of the problems with walkers is that they look like they’re designed for 90 year olds. It’s just not a good fit for 21-year olds, and staircases are incredibly difficult to traverse. Currently, we’re looking at user groups and trying to define for whom we’re trying to design this walker. This is essentially a chance for me to make a medical device exclusively for my twin sister, which is really cool. Imagine me going home and showing her the device I’ve spent a whole semester making and designing especially for her. There are a lot of changes I’d like to implement in the walker’s redesign, and I’m glad the BME gives me the chance to think about them and put my thoughts and words into action.

Shushmita Hoque, 3rd Year, BME

What are you working on right now?
We’re in 3110 right now. Basically, we’re dissecting a lot of worms and then putting them into different neurotransmitters to see if the muscles contract or relax. We’ve been working on this for a couple of weeks and will probably be here all night trying to get the right results.

What are you passionate about in BME? Why are you sticking around all night?
Part of it is the people; part of it is when it works. It’s pretty awesome – the feeling of figuring something out on your own when you aren’t given the answers.