Biomedical engineering department takes $25,000 grand prize for pediatric brain surgery project
The 2018 NCEES Engineering Education Award $25,000 grand prize went to the North Carolina State University UNC/NCSU Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering for their submission, Enabling Pediatric Brain Surgery through Head Stabilization. The outstanding students on this team include Veronica Lavelle, Sarah Moore, Zach Watkins, Brian Gentry, Sophia Silver, and Anya Trell. Mentoring the team is Dr. Andrew DiMeo, Dr. Nandan Lad, and Dan Fuccella. The team collaborated with clinicians and engineering professionals to design a device that allows for complete skull immobilization for pediatric patients during neurosurgery. This innovation allows for the use of neuronavigation technology, opening new possibilities for treatment in pediatric neurosurgery.
The NCEES Engineering Education Award is awarded each year to college programs that connect students, faculty, and professional engineers in collaborative projects.