Word from the Editor (Sept 2015)

Greetings all,

With the new semester comes new beginnings and we at the Pioneer welcome all faces, both new and old, to yet another exciting year! To all freshmen and transfer students, we invite you with open arms as you embark on a new chapter of your academic journey and hope you come to learn what it means to be a part of the Biomedical Engineering Department here at Georgia Tech. To everybody else, we’re glad you’re back – keep doing what you’re doing and stay excellent.
For the past month, the Pioneer staff has been busy assembling a new issue to open up the academic year. Featured in this issue, we have a featured series of spotlight articles to pique your interest. The first is an Industry Spotlight highlighting the BME Capstone-born startup Monitor Med Solutions and company CEO Bailey Ernstes and the challenges of commercializing their smart platform for detecting shunt malfunction. The second is a Biotech Review highlighting the technologies and techniques in use in the Ethier laboratory to investigate glaucoma and other diseases of the eye. The third is an Engineering Abroad article (a new series!) talking about Dr. Manu Platt’s recent research in Ethiopia whilst investigating breast cancer in the local population and the challenges of modifying diagnostic tests and tools to the resources available in the surrounding environment. In addition to these three, we have an Engineering Toolbox in which one of our writers reflects upon the lessons learned from minor assignments in 2310 and our Impulses series focusing on the undergraduate BME experience.
For more regular updates on the happenings of the biotechnology community, feel free to like our Facebook page at facebook.com/gtpioneer 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!

Until Next Time,
Jonathan Austin