The College of Engineering has funded four new projects through the Dean’s Catalyst Award (DCA) grant program, each focused on technologies that promise to make a significant impact on society. ENG and collaborating faculty will receive $40,000 per project to develop novel techniques to advance these technologies.
Established by Dean Kenneth R. Lutchen in 2007 and organized by a faculty committee, the annual DCA program encourages early-stage, innovative, interdisciplinary projects that could spark new advances in a variety of engineering fields. By providing each project with seed funding, the awards give full-time faculty the opportunity to develop collaborations and generate initial proof-of-concept results that could help secure external funding.
This year’s DCA-winning projects could yield new applications in healthcare and energy.
Professor Joyce Wong (BME, MSE) and Associate Professor Glynn Holt (ME) aim to perform a definitive proof-of-concept experiment to establish the potential for the use of microbubbles and ultrasound to noninvasively break blood clots. Clots are a major problem in the medical device industry because they can form on device surfaces, which can then lead to pulmonary embolisms if the clots end up in the lung or a stroke in the brain. Building on past studies by Wong, the researchers will conduct experiments aimed at developing a commercial “clot-busting” microbubble that binds to clots and breaks them in the presence of focused ultrasound....
Professor Joyce Wong (BME, MSE), a world leader in the emerging field of living cell/surface interactions, has been elected as one of seven new Fellows of the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES), the leading professional society for biomedical engineers, for outstanding achievements in the field. She was recognized for her work in developing biomaterials to detect and treat cardiovascular disease.
“Professor Wong’s work combines elegant experiments with underlying theory, and the resulting contributions to science and engineering are both significant and wide-ranging,” said Professor Sol Eisenberg, chair of the Biomedical Engineering Department. “Her election as a Fellow of the Biomedical Engineering Society is richly deserved.”
“I am truly honored to be selected as a BMES Fellow,” said Wong. “I am fortunate to have a job where I can work with the best students, postdocs and collaborators on exciting projects at Boston University that can influence the quality of healthcare.”...