Live biomedical engineering seminar series links UTSA and India researchers

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(April 6, 2011)--In 2009, UTSA became a founding member of the Indo-U.S. Public-Private Joint Center on Biomaterials for Health Care, funded by the Indo-U.S. Science and Technology Forum. The center connects biomedical engineering researchers and students from top universities in the United States and India to improve public health through the development of artificial organs made from biomaterials.

Two years later, UTSA and the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IIT Kanpur) are nurturing that research partnership through a live international seminar series on topics of interest in biomedical engineering. Seminar topics are translational and generally related to medicine and health. Past topics include bioengineering technology and vaccine delivery.

Free and open to the public, a seminar is conducted the first Wednesday morning each month in Business Building Room 3.04.18 on the UTSA Main Campus. UTSA and IIT Kanpur conduct the seminar series by videoconference, allowing both audiences to hear and interact live with the featured speaker, despite being separated by 8,600 miles and 10.5 hours.

UTSA participants attend the seminars in the morning, while it is evening at IIT Kanpur. The two institutions rotate speaker coordination, ensuring attendees have PowerPoint slides to facilitate learning.

"Our biomedical engineering seminars with IIT Kanpur are extremely popular," said Anson Ong, UTSA's USAA Foundation Distinguished Professor and chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering. "We have had as few as 30 attendees, but we've also had seminars where students have been sitting on the floor because the room is packed. It just depends on the topic."

The UTSA College of Engineering offers world-class education and research opportunities to nearly 2,600 undergraduate, master's and graduate students pursuing careers in biomedical engineering, civil and environmental engineering, electrical and computer engineering and mechanical engineering. In 2010, the UTSA College of Engineering was ranked seventh in the top 10 graduate programs in engineering by Hispanic Businessmagazine.

In addition to the international seminar series, UTSA and IIT Kanpur participate in an exchange program, allowing researchers and students from each institution to visit their international counterparts to conduct biomedical research.

>> Learn more at the UTSA Biomedical Engineering website.