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SOTAK Lecture in BME| Aaron M. Kyle, PhD| Columbia University

Monday, March 28, 2022
5:00 pm to 6:00 pm
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Hk Maker Lab: Engendering Engineering Identity in Underrepresented Minority High School Students


Aaron M.Kyle, Ph D   
Senior Lecturer in Biomedical Engineering
Director, Hk Maker Lab
Columbia Universit

The Department of Biomedical Engineering at WPI cordially invites colleagues, alumni, students, families and friends to the Christopher Sotak Lecture in Biomedical Engineering.

This annual event perpetuates Chris’s passionate commitment to supporting and promoting innovative scholarship and research efforts in the field of bioengineering.

Prof. Christopher Sotak

Our lecture will be given by Aaron M. Kyle, Senior Lecturer in Biomedical Engineering (BME) Design at Columbia University.

Dr. Kyle teaches two semesters of BME Lab Courses, an advanced Bioinstrumentation course, and BME Senior Design. Senior Design in Columbia BME is a two-semester course sequence in which students devise a solution to an open-ended biomedical problem. This course has resulted in students receiving a number of extramural awards (NIH DEBUT, BMEStart, Collegiate Inventors Competition, Rice Global Health Technology Competition), meritorious funding (USAID, Gates Foundation, Vodafone, VentureWell), and the formation of University-based startups (Kinnos, Inc. Neopenda, Luso Labs, Jibon Health.)

In 2014, Dr. Kyle created and launched the HYPOTHEKids (Hk) Maker Lab, an NIH-funded set of programs focused on introducing underprivileged and underrepresented minority high school students in New York City to engineering design and biomedical research.  As a result of this program, over 160 high school students have learned and applied a bio-engineering design process. The program has propelled students to biomedical laboratory and biotechnology industry internships and the pursuit of STEM majors. He is currently working on expanding the Hk Maker Lab into the fabric of grades 6-12 education throughout New York City / State with the development of engineering design-centric courses for middle and high school students. These courses, which were developed under Dr. Kyle's guidance, are currently being taught in seven (7) NYC high schools, impacting over 1000 students.

Dr. Kyle received his BS in Electrical Engineering from Kettering University in '02 and his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Purdue University in '07. After conducting postdoctoral research at the Indiana University School of Medicine, he joined the faculty in BME at Columbia University in 2010. He is a member of Eta Kappa Nu and Tau Beta Pi engineering honor societies. In 2017, he received the Presidential Award for Outstanding Teaching, Columbia's highest teaching recognition. He is a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering and delivered the Diversity Award Lecture at the 2020 BMES Annual Meeting.


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