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Upcoming Events

11/12: General Body Meeting
11/19: Post-Doc Panel


Dec 2013: Our chapter was awarded a student chapter grant by SFB! We will be using the award money to fund our upcoming trip to the USA Science and Engineering Festival in April.

Apr 2013: Our chapter's project "Biomaterials Design for Tissue Engineering Through Hydrogels" won 3rd place at the 2013 SFB Biomaterials Education Challenge!

Recent Events

3rd USA Science & Engineering Festival Expo

April 26-27, 2014

We are proud to be an Official Partner of the 3rd USA Science & Engineering Festival, held in Washington, D.C. in April 2014. USASEF is free to the public and is the largest science festival in the U.S., with over 3,000 exhibits and more than 280,000 people in attendance this year. Supported in part by EGSC, we were able to send seven club members to participate in the event. We hosted an exhibit on structure-function relationships in scaffold design for musculoskeletal tissue engineering which we presented to over 300 future scientists and their families.

Young Alumni Networking Panel

April 24, 2014

Our chapter hosted a panel discussion featuring five recent Columbia alumni working in biomedical and related industries:

  • Chris Ferry, M.S. from Biomet Spine
  • Stephen Leong, M.S. from the Department of Defense
  • Ludguier Montejo, Ph.D. from American Express
  • Marissa Solomon, Ph.D. from L'Oreal
  • Ryan Van Echo, M.S. from UMT Consulting

The panelists discussed their perspectives on careers and their experiences in different industry positions following graduation. The event was attended by over 40 undergraduate and graduate students from various departments, including Applied Physics and Applied Math, Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Earth and Environmental Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Industrial Engineering and Operations Research, and Mechanical Engineering.

Industry Career Discussion with Stryker Orthopaedics

April 10, 2014

Our chapter hosted engineers Dr. Zongtao Zhang, Dr. Naomi Murray, and Walter Schmidt from Stryker Orthopaedics. The speakers discussed how modeling and simulation is used to evaluate orthopaedic implant structural performance, biomaterial use and how Stryker is utilizing additive manufacturing processes in implant design, as well as career opportunities in industry. We were joined by undergraduate and graduate students in Applied Physics and Applied Math, Biochemistry, Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Industrial Engineering & Operations Research, Mechanical Engineering

Engineering Exploration Experience

March 29, 2014

In collaboration with the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), our chapter hosted 18 young women scientists and engineers who learned about hydrogels for tissue engineering, and participated in interactive demonstrations on histology and confocal microscopy.

Roundtable Discussion with Health Science Communications

March 4, 2014

Our chapter hosted an informal roundtable discussion with Kenneth Ng, PhD, MSCTI and Evelyn Yao, PhD from Health Science Communications. Dr. Ng and Dr. Yao discussed the transition from academia to health communications with graduate students in Applied Physics and Applied Math, Biochemistry, Biological Sciences, Biomedical Engineering, Chemistry, and Pharmacology

Science Fair at Dual Language Middle School

January - February 2014

From January 6th through 16th, our chapter hosted 7th and 8th graders from Dual Language Middle School and worked with them to design and carry out experiments for their annual science fair projects. SFB members also volunteered as judges at the DLMS Science Fair in February.

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