Students join engineering conference to share life-changing research

By By Julie Jay and By Julie Jay

By Julie Jay

The department of biomedical engineering hopes to highlight U graduate students’ drive to help make a difference in people’s lives by hosting the second-annual Mountain West Biomedical Engineering Conference this weekend from today until Sunday.

Hosted by the Cliff Lodge at Snowbird, the conference will present diverse graduate student research that may have profound impacts for amputees, paraplegics, cancer patients and others suffering from health related issues.

The conference started as a way to encourage communication and community development among students who are conducting research in bioengineering and are scattered across lower and upper campus.

This year, Gail Norton, dean of the college of business administration at San Diego State University, will present the keynote address. Titled, “Tissue Engineering: The Triumphs and Hurdles from Lab Bench to Market,” Norton will speak today at 7 p.m. Poster and podium presentations by undergraduate and graduate students will be performed Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Next year, the conference may be hosted as a joint effort among the departments of biomedical engineering, pharmaceutics and pharmaceutical chemistry.