Symposium Organized by WPI's Biomedical Engineering Society Will Bring Students and Industry Leaders Together

To be held Tuesday, March 25, in the Rubin Campus Center.

WPI's student chapter of the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) will hold its first annual symposium, which will bring students from six colleges and universities in Massachusetts and Connecticut majoring in biomedical engineering and related fields together with leaders from biomedical engineering companies and academia to provide students the opportunity to learn about the latest research in these fields and about career opportunities in biomedical engineering and biomedicine. The event will also serve as a showcase for undergraduate research in biomedical engineering.


Undergraduates from six colleges and universities, including WPI, along with representatives from several companies, including Boston Scientific, Boston Biomedical, and Johnson & Johnson.


Tuesday, March 25, 12:30 to 4:45 p.m.


Rubin Campus Center Odeum, on the campus of Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 100 Institute Road, Worcester, Mass.

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According to the student organizers, the symposium will help students understand the value of the biomedical engineer’s diverse skill set in helping to meet the needs of patients and the changing job market. "The malleability of the biomedical engineering job lends itself to an attitude of reinvention, discovery, and lifelong learning," said Kristin Sundberg '14, president of WPI's BMES chapter. The symposium, in its first year, will educate students on career opportunities in biomedicine over the next decade by having academic and industry professionals present current research in such fields as instrumentation, biomechanics, and biomaterial-tissue interactions. Students will be able to interact with symposium speakers and students from other BMES chapters at a networking mixer.

In addition, student participants have been invited to share their own research projects at a poster session where other students and industry representatives will be able to ask questions about this research. "This is a fantastic opportunity for attending students to share what they have achieved with professionals in attendance, and to inspire other students as well," Sundberg said.

March 21, 2014