USC’s Associated Students of Biomedical Engineering (ASBME) has added to its recent accolades with a new award from the Klein Institute for Undergraduate Engineering Life (KIUEL).
Each year, KIUEL recognizes student organizations that do outstanding work throughout the school year, with ASBME awarded Most Innovative Viterbi Student Organization.
ASBME President Kristie Leung said that the award recognition followed a range of recent initiatives and events that organization has launched to further strengthen the group and offer new resources for members.
“For example, we completely revamped our annual Makeathon, a 48-hour medical device design competition, by allowing all teams to fabricate their device and by collaborating with other student organizations like 3D4E and Makers to host technical workshops,” Leung said.
“We also implemented a new executive board position, Research Chair, who helps expose ASBME members to open research labs on campus, manages access to ASBME’s new 3D printer and keeps members up-to-date on the latest news in the BME industry with bi-weekly research newsletters,” she said.
Leung said ASBME also sponsored two teams to compete in the Davis Makeathon, where one successfully fabricated their device and the other won Best Potential Design.
ASBME recently conducted its BIOMED Research Symposium event on Friday September 13, in order to encourage undergraduate students to consider research in biomedical engineering.
The event was a dinner and networking evening for ASBME members to learn more about current medical issues facing the world. The symposium featured speakers such as Dwight C. and Hildagarde E. Baum Chair in Biomedical Engineering and Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Kirk Shung, WiSE Gabilan Assistant Professor and Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Jennifer Treweek, Professor Gerald Loeb and Assistant Professor Maral Mousavi.
ASBME has had a successful past year, receiving the 2018 Student Chapter Outstanding Achievement Award from the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES).