As a biomedical engineering concentrator, Kubai works with technologies that can improve people’s health. As an entrepreneur, he’s started ventures aimed at helping students of color from low-income families. He’s held leadership roles in organizations that support people from underrepresented groups in STEM, and unite people in a common faith.
“Because we went to Brown, we have the ability to help others — to take their hands and lift them up. Many people have lost their jobs or their health care during this pandemic. We are lucky: In the middle of all this madness, we finished our doctoral and master’s programs. We need to use our luck and our degrees to help others.” -Bardiya Akhbari
“To be successful in the biomedical engineering field, these days, it's important to have a background in a variety of subjects. Brown is strong in a lot of the fields where I was really hoping to become skilled — from applied math to engineering to computer science.” -Thomas Usherwood '22
Biomedical engineer Thomas Usherwood ’22 has been named one of 410 college students to receive a Barry Goldwater Scholarship for the 2021-2022 academic year. The Scholarship Program was designed to foster and encourage outstanding students to pursue research careers in the fields of the natural sciences, engineering, and mathematics, and is the preeminent undergraduate award of its type in these fields.
Founded by Brown juniors Jack Schaeffer and Eliza Sternlicht, MediCircle addresses health disparities by repurposing unused cancer medication. The company collects leftover oral chemotherapeutics pills, ensures the medicine is quality, and then redistributes the medicine to those in need.
In an important step toward a fully implantable intracortical brain-computer interface system, BrainGate researchers demonstrated the first human use of a wireless transmitter capable of delivering high-bandwidth neural signals.
BME PhD student Kiera Dwyer, as well as recent alumni Hannah Safford ’19 and Brian Vuong ’19 have each won a three-year National Science Foundation (NSF) fellowship in the Graduate Research Fellowship Program. Additionally, Evan Dastin-van Rijn ’21, who will graduate this spring, was also honored with the Fellowship.