Gannon University Receives Award At Regional Engineering Conference

Posted: May 25, 2016

A poster presented by a Gannon University student won second place at the Northeastern Biomedical Engineering Conference at the State University of New York at Binghamton in April.

The poster, "Antibiotic Elution from a Porous Rod: A Proposed Qualitative Method," was presented by sophomore biomedical engineering major Adam Mihalko. The poster describes the mechanism behind the Bio-Conduit, a bone fixation system made of a porous metal that can deliver antibiotics directly into the affected bone.

The idea won the $2,000 Grand Prize at last year's Erie Innovation Showcase. Mihalko attended the conference with funding from a Duratz Undergraduate Student Research Grant.

Four first-year students, Stacy Joseph, Rebecca Red Horse, Olivia Rose and Garrett Sutton also attended the conference. Joseph, Red Horse and Rose presented a poster on the effect of anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction on knee joint force. Senior Lindsay Moir contributed to that poster, which was supervised by Anne Schmitz, Ph.D., assistant professor of biomedical engineering.

"Through opportunities like these conferences, we expose our students to various fields like prosthetics and medical devices," said Davide Piovesan, Ph.D., director of the biomedical engineering program. "These experiences are a unique feature of Gannon University. We have the possibility to nurture the passion of our students for research, starting since their freshmen year."

Piovesan added that such conferences also provide an opportunity for students to publish their work, which sets their graduate school or job application apart. Ninety-one percent of Gannon graduates obtain a job in their discipline, compared to the national average of 68 percent.