The Center for Integration of Medicine and Innovative Technology (CIMIT) has awarded four medical-engineering fellowships to students at MIT. Each fellowship covers tuition and stipend, plus a small amount for ancillary expenses.
This year’s winners are:
- Christin Yen-Ming Sander, of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science;
- Berkin Bilgic, of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science;
- Ashley Wessendorf, of the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology;
- Alexander Slocum Jr., of the Department of Mechanical Engineering.
Sander’s research interests involve the combination of MRI and PET for evaluation of the nervous system; Bilgic’s research interests are at the intersection of signal processing and medical imaging reconstruction algorithmic design; Wessendorf’s research is in strain-field analysis for human movement to inform medical device design; and Slocum’s research is focused on designing and creating a new artificial knee joint.
CIMIT engineering fellowships offer multi-year support for graduate engineering students to work in highly innovative yet traditionally underfunded areas of health-care research. Medical device development, new algorithms, software for use in clinical practices, and the engineering of medical environments are all essential to accelerate the adoption of technologies into patient care.