Word from the Editor (March 2016)

Hello everyone!

My name is Abhinaya Uthayakumar, and I am the new Editor-in-Chief for Pioneer. I am thrilled to be able to work alongside our officers and staff, both new and old, and I look forward to serving the organization in what should be an exciting year for the newsletter. As with every spring semester, we had to bid farewell to many of our senior members as they embark upon their final semester here at Georgia Tech so we wish them all the best! Our past recruitment season, however, has given us a plethora of eager, new faces who will no doubt be able to pick up the reins and help us continue to produce excellent issues.

In this issue of Pioneer, we have a number of interesting articles for your reading pleasure. We have had the privilege of featuring the $15.7 million grant from the Marcus Foundation to Georgia Tech for launching the new Marcus Center for Therapeutic Cell Characterization and Manufacturing (MC3M). We continue with our Spotlight Series with an article featuring two Tech teams, Divy and NavLit, who won first and second place respectively at HackATL and another article on our bioengineering graduate student, Aaron Enten, who is in the joint PhD certificate program, “Technological Innovation Generating Economic Results” (TIGER). In addition, we have a Pre-Health focused article focused on Georgia Tech’s Minority Association of Pre-Medical Students and their ample resources to students. Also, for those interested in the industry, we have an article featuring a Bard intern and his journey through the process and his experiences, as well as a sneak peek of the Butera Lab’s cutting-edge research in this innovative subfield of biomedical engineering.

For more regular updates on the happenings of the biotechnology community, feel free to like our Facebook page at facebook.com/gtpioneer, follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/pioneergt and take a glance at more online content at thepioneer.gatech.edu. If you would like, you can also reach us by e-mail at thepioneer@gatech.edu. Thank you for your continual support, and we hope you enjoy this issue!

Looking forward to a revolutionary year in the Pioneer,
Abhinaya Uthayakumar