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Amanda Nguyen, Travel Grant

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Amanda Nguyen, Travel Grant

Biomedical engineering major, Barrett Honors student, and FURI researcher Amanda Nguyen recently attended the 2016 Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) Annual Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This was Amanda’s first conference, so she was excited to be able to attend and present her FURI research titled, “A Personalized 3D Medpor Conformal Process Feasibility Study,” which she has been working on under the mentorship of Dr. Vincent Pizziconi. Amanda’s project is an important component of a longstanding translational research collaboration between Dr Pizziconi’s Bioengineering Laboratory in SBHSE at ASU and Dr. Lott’s Head and Neck Regeneration Laboratory at the Mayo Clinic Arizona that is aimed at the development of a bioengineered larynx (vocal fold).  Upon her arrival, she told us all about her first conference experience.

In layman terms, what was the conference about?

This was an annual conference held by the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) for those involved in biomedical engineering to come together, network, and share research conducted in the past year.

What motivated you to present at this conference?

This was the first conference that I had ever been to. I had been working on research at ASU and at my internship at Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) in Phoenix from over the summer and wanted the opportunity to present both.

Tell us about some of the presentations you attended!

One presentation I attended was the industry luncheon. There I learned about steps necessary for a career in industry and the potential roadblocks in attempting to bring a medical device to market.

Another presentation I attended was a platform session titled, Characterization of Thoracic Loading as a Result of Same Level Forward Falls. I have never learned much about research in injury biomechanics so I found the talk to be very interesting. It opened up a whole research field in biomedical engineering that I had never even considered.

What would you say was the best part of the conference?

The best part of the conference was being able to network with other students and learn about research they participate in across the country. The dessert bash to end the conference was also a treat.

Has your involvement with this conference influenced your research plans?

Since the conference, I’ve been heavily considering furthering my education after graduating from ASU. Some schools offer programs such as a combined engineering and medical degree that I would be interested in pursuing.

Is there anything you wish you knew before attending the conference?

Before, I wish I knew of how much research would actually be at the conference. I wasn’t able to attend the full conference, so I wasn’t able to hear more about all the talks that were going on during the day.

Any suggestions for other students regarding conferences?

I suggest that students take the opportunity to attend any conference that they can. They allow you to network with other students and learn more about what opportunities are available to you after graduation. You also get to travel to a new place! Students also should know that there are multiple sources of funding to aid in their travel.

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