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Joint Biomedical Engineering (BME) Program Begins Orientation Week

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Author: Evelyn Head | Category: Around Campus | Biomedical Engineering (M.S.) | Biomedical Engineering (Ph.D.) | August 18, 2014

With each new year comes new possibilities, and the recent BME orientation emphasized the many opportunities afforded to students in the program. Nine new Ph.D. and sixteen M.S. students viewed numerous bulletin boards along with the 60 plus current students. 

Posters were attached and lined the hallway of the Greehey Cancer Center, detailing the research projects conducted by faculty and current students. One by one, presenters were bombarded with students who wanted to learn about their research endeavors. Interestingly, not all of the presenters were from UTHSCSA; in fact, a large portion of posters were from The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). A

lthough the BME program has been in place for 10 years, many people are unaware that it is a joint alliance between UTHSCSA and UTSA where students take classes at both campuses.

Many of the new students cited the alliance as one of the reasons they decided to become a part of the program. Corinne Nawn, an entering master’s student, described biomedical engineering “as a bridge between the fields of health science and engineering.”

In order to be that bridge, however, students need the academic support of both disciplines, and that is exactly what they receive in the BME Program. 

More importantly, Corinne believes that the BME program will help her to become a mediator between the scientific and technical aspects of biomedical engineering, allowing her “to solve problems in an elegant but people-friendly way.”

Romina Aznavaleh, a new master’s student, initially didn’t see herself continuing her education anytime soon. In fact, she had planned to take a year off; however, a meeting with a UTSA graduate advisor changed all that. 

She was introduced to

biomedical engineering and was suddenly intrigued. 

Although she focused on chemistry as an undergrad, Romina is steadfast in her commitment to the BME program; she is confident that her new educational endeavors will equip her for a “global” industry.

Furthermore, Justin Long, a PhD student who will graduate in the fall, believes the “applied science” of biomedical engineering helps to draw in students with diverse academic backgrounds. 

Ultimately, the varied knowledge helps to address and solve problems from different perspectives. 

When asked what advice he would give to new BME students Justin said, “Take charge of your education. If you want something than you have to go after it.”

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