UC Irvine Hosts 15th Annual UC Bioengineering Symposium
On June 18-20, more than 300 bioengineering students and faculty from 10 University of California campuses came together at UC Irvine for the 15th annual UC Bioengineering Symposium. The event brought these engineers together to share knowledge and best practices and to forge stronger relationships and collaborations.
Hosted by the Samueli School’s Biomedical Engineering Department, this year’s event featured four keynote speakers, including Masimo Corp. Founder and CEO Joe Kiani, Edwards Lifesciences Corp. Vice President Stanton Rowe and biomedical engineering professors Nimmi Ramanujam (Duke University) and Bruce Tromberg (UCI and Beckman Laser Institute).
A special highlight was the student and junior faculty “Shark Tank,” modeled after the popular television show in which budding entrepreneurs pitch their new business ideas to a panel of potential investors. Six student teams and six faculty members pitched projects to a panel of judges for a chance to win cash prizes. Broadcom Co-Founder Henry Samueli was amongst the “sharks” interviewing participants.