Faced with a problem, David Boas will invent a way around it. Boas, the founding director of the Boston University Neurophotonics Center and a world leader in the field of neurophotonics, which uses light to peer inside the living brain, built a homemade Ethernet connection to speed his doctoral research (one year before the first web browser was unveiled) and wrote a software program to make a girlfriend’s research go faster.
Tyrone Porter grew up in Detroit. At the time, he says, the city was about 75 percent black. Now he’s a College of Engineering associate professor of mechanical engineering and of biomedical engineering, where the demographics are very different.
Boston University engineering professor Catherine Klapperich (BME, ME, MSE) understands just how powerful it is to have direct access to your medical information. She’s working to make that “little revolution” a lot bigger through simple, portable tests for conditions like HPV, malaria, and chlamydia that patients can use worldwide.
In 2012, a cluster of people in Lahore, Pakistan, started dying inexplicably. Most were mid- to low-income patients who had received free medicine at the Punjab Institute of Cardiology. Within a week, over 200 people died. An investigation found that the patients’ high blood pressure medication had been contaminated with similar-looking antimalarial ingredients.
Inspiring the next generation of rocket scientists and astronauts, and it all happened in school today. The unique lesson brought together college students, and third graders. And that made for an exciting day, reaching for the stars.
The College of Engineering has created the Endowed Ted de Winter Distinguished Faculty Fellowship. The holder of this fellowship will be a faculty member at mid-career who has had an extraordinary impact on students through both teaching and mentoring.
Product developers used to depend on a primary engineering discipline to realize a design. For example, automobile manufacturers use to rely largely on mechanical engineers to design their products. More recently, companies have needed to hire a blend of software, computer, electrical mechanical and systems engineers for cars, particularly electric ones. Increasingly, the most innovative products rely both on an interdisciplinary approach and the use of massive amounts of data to support product development and operation.
To peers in her engineering courses, Kali Hamilton (ENG) appears to be just another undergrad. The difference? Kali already holds a B.A. in political science from the University of Pennsylvania. The California native came to BU to join one of the only programs of its kind in the nation: LEAP.