Biomedical engineering student wins first place during Student Research Week

Biomedical engineering student Landon Nash (right) was awarded the Sigma Xi interdisciplinary award Photo of Landon Nashand won first place during Student Research Week at Texas A&M University.

His presentation, “Thermomechanical Characterization of Shape Memory Polymer Neurovascular Stents,” won first place among oral presentations in the Medicine, Biomedical Engineering, and Neuroscience category.

Nash is a senior in the Department of Biomedical Engineering. His interests include biomaterials, tissue engineering, and biomedical device design. Nash’s current research involves characterizing the thermomechanical behavior of polyurethane shape memory polymers. He is a member of Alpha Eta Mu Beta, the Biomedical Engineering Honor Society, is active in the Biomedical Engineering Society, and serves as student engineering council representative for the Engineering World Health organization.

Nash is also working as a research scholar in Dr. Duncan Maitland’s Biomedical Device Laboratory.

Students Cameron Maher and Harini Sreenivasappa (left) also won during the week.

Maher won a first-place award in the undergraduate oral presentation category Astronomy, Chemistry, Physics, and Material Science. He is an undergraduate chemical engineering major and research assistant in Dr. Duncan Maitland’s biomedical device laboratory.

Photo of Harini SreenivasappaSreenivasappa, a third-year Ph.D. biomedical engineering student and graduate research assistant in Dr. Andreea Trache’s lab, was awarded a second-place poster presentation in the Medicine, Biomedical Engineering, and Neuroscience category. Her research is currently focused on understanding real-time mechnotransduction process in live vascular smooth muscle cells using an integrated imaging system that combines Total Internal Reflection Fluorescence (TIRF) Microscopy, Confocal and Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM).

Texas A&M’s campus-wide 15th annual SRW celebration was held the week of March 19. Conducted entirely by graduate students, SRW is sponsored by the Graduate Student Council in conjunction with the Office of Graduate Studies, Vice President for Research, Department of Student Life and Undergraduate Programs and Academic Services as well as the academic colleges, administrators, faculty and staff of the university.