In this ambitious and novel project, NASA is awarding launch opportunities to a small fraction of competing schools and organizations. Along with other researchers, undergraduate mechanical engineer Sruti Vutukury ’21 is working on one of the sponsored projects at Cornell.
At the intersection of medical research and engineering, Cornell University Biomedical Devices Team works on various projects that can be applied in real-world medical settings. Founded in 2018 by a group of biology students eager for more hands-on work, the team has now grown to three subteams, Product Development, Policy and Practices and Business, consisting of members from many different colleges. “The founding members and I were from Cornell Surgical Society. It was a group of us with a passion for medicine interested in designing surgical devices for possible competitions,” CUBMD project team lead Oscar Liu ’21 said. CUBMD’s goal is to design effective biomedical devices that can conceivably be used in real-life healthcare settings.
“Our goals for the future will be to keep learning and making friends through Science Olympiad, and if we will medal, it will be the icing on the cake,” said Queen Lee, coach of the Kennedy Middle School team.