NDSU to host Biomedical Engineering Symposium

NDSU to host Biomedical Engineering Symposium


The NDSU College of Engineering is scheduled to host the third annual NDSU-UND Biomedical Engineering Symposium Monday, Sept. 30, at the Memorial Union.

The event is designed to highlight the emerging field of biomedical engineering and showcase a unique graduate program that combines the strengths of North Dakota’s research universities. Biomedical engineering graduate degrees are offered jointly by NDSU’s College of Engineering and the University of North Dakota’s College of Engineering and Mines and School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

This year’s symposium features top biomedical researchers from NDSU and UND as well as leaders from the healthcare and biomedical industries. Organizers hope to strengthen collaborations between academia and industry, develop relationships leading to interdisciplinary research projects and promote current research work.

The keynote speaker is Bill Plombon, the vice president of engineering at Medtronic Corporation. Plombon, who graduated from NDSU in 1986 with a degree in electrical engineering, leads a research and development organization of more than 240 engineers and scientists. He joined Medtronic in 1989, has eight U.S. Patents and has played a significant role in the development of more than 20 medical instruments, implantable pacemakers and defibrillators.

Other speakers include:

·      Danling Wang, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at NDSU

·      Trung Le, assistant professor of industrial and manufacturing engineering at NDSU

·      Kouhyar Tavakolian, assistant professor in UND School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

·      Sandeep K. Singha, associate professor and scientist at UND

·      Lisa MacFadden, the director of engineering and applied sciences for Sanford Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

·      Andrew Thoreson, a senior engineer and manager at Mayo Clinic

·      Benjamin Noonan, orthopedic surgeon at Sanford Health and assistant professor in the UND Department of Surgery

·      Richard Glynn, executive director of the Bioscience Association of North Dakota

The event is free. Registration can be completed online through Sept. 22.

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