This weekend, I had the fantastic opportunity to visit Atlanta, Georgia for the Biomedical Engineering Society’s 2012 meeting. The Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) is the national parent organization that the Associated Students of Biomedical Engineering (ASBME) is part of. Over three days, I learned about the current state of the Biomedical Engineering field from research, diversity, industry, and legislative perspectives and got to see Atlanta for the first time.
Twelve undergraduate BMEs attended the conference. Three presented their research, and the other ASBME members and I went to chapter development sessions and networked with companies and other clubs. Of course, we went to dozens of poster sessions and presentations and as many keynote addresses as we could soak up! There were also a lot of USC Grad Students presenting their research, so we made sure to visit and support them.
To give you an idea of what I did, here is a summary of my schedule from Friday:
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7:00 – 7:30 Breakfast
8:00 – 9:00 Student Chapter Development Session
9:15 – 10:15 BMES Transitioning Students to Industry Panel
10:15-10:30 Is My Mind Mine? With AEMB
10:30 – 11:45 It’s a Small World: ‘Tiny Technologies’ and Regenerative Medicine
12:00 – 12:45 Lunch
1:00 – 2:00 Students: How Legislation and Presidential Decisions Affect You
2:00 -2:30 Student Leadership Session
2:45 Living Clocks: Emergence of Periodic Rotation During Collective Cell Migration
3:15 Optopatch: All-Optical Electrophysiology
3:30 Evaluating Receptor-Ligand bond strength
4:45-6:00 – Translational Biomedical Engineering Symposium
7:00-10:00 BMES Bash, Georgia Aquarium
On Saturday, we went to a speaker on diversity in research labs and visited even more posters including our grad students and the Viterbi Undergrads who had research chosen for this conference!
I also got to check out a really cool series of presentations as part of a healthcare robotics series:
Feedback System for Gait Rehabilitation
Music-Based Device for Hand Rehabilitation
Robots for Humanity: Developing Assistive Mobile Manipulation
Tactile Feedback to Characterize Hardness
Gaze-Contingent Human-Robot Interaction for Independent Living
Partnered Human-Robot Stepping Based on Interactive Forces
There were tons of sessions going on at any given time (the hardest part of the weekend was choosing which to attend!), so most of my fellow students went to different presentations and learned totally different things. We’ll even be having a special ASBME meeting to discuss what we learned with each other and other students who weren’t able to attend.
Of course, as long as we were in Atlanta, we had to check out the World of Coca-Cola, which I had wanted to visit since I was 8 years old and my parents went! It’s basically a museum of Coca-Cola, and you can see cool collectibles from their long history and taste different products they make around the world!
This was a fantastic weekend and I can’t believe how much I learned! My fellow board members and I can’t wait to apply all the lessons we learned to improving our already great ASBME chapter.
I’d also like to officially thank the USC Undergraduate Student Government, the Viterbi School of Engineering, and the Biomedical Engineering Department for sponsoring almost the entirety of this trip. The lessons we learned were invaluable.