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February 8, 2019

2018-2020

Hometown: Blantyre, Malawi


Undergraduate: University of Malawi, The Polytechnic


Major: Telecommunications & Electronics Engineering, Honors

Technology: Kasupe

Christina works on the development and clinical validation of a low-power, easy to use syringe pump as a Global Health Fellow with Rice 360°. She developed a passion for global health while interning with Rice 360° at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in 2015. After graduation, she worked on an 18-month validation study of the syringe pump being used to deliver medication to women with pre-eclampsia and eclampsia at QECH. During the study, she trained nurses to use, repair, and maintain the pump, and managed clinical data. She is currently making the device easy to use by clinical staff, easy to repair and maintain by local biomedical technicians and expanding usage to neonates. Her goal is to focus on public health so that strong policies can be made concerning medical equipment management....

August 29, 2018

2018-2020

Hometown:

Undergraduate: Western Kentucky University

Major: Mechanical Engineering, 2017

Technology:  Bilispec

Jessie Anderson has been working as a Rice 360° Global Health Fellow since 2018 on the development, manufacturing, and clinical testing of a jaundice diagnostic tool designed for low-resource settings. She graduated with a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Western Kentucky University in 2017, during which she had various engineering experience in large and small industries, as well as academic research. She was first able to apply her engineering education to health by taking a Medical Engineering introductory course when studying at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. Jessie’s long-term goals are to continue joining diverse teams seeking global health solutions via technological development, as well as to serve and empower communities via educational opportunities.

August 28, 2018

2017-2019

Hometown: Shijiazhuang, China

Undergraduate: Carnegie Mellon University

Major: Mechanical Engineering & Biomedical Engineering, 2017

Technology:  O2 Concentrator Protection
 

Yifan “Jack” Wang studied mechanical and biomedical engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. During his senior year, he was involved in the design of an O2 concentrator for rural areas of Nepal and was inspired by the need for engineering solutions to global health challenges. He joined Rice 360° in 2017 and leads the development of a protective system for O2 concentrators in low-resource settings. This fall, he will begin graduate studies in biomedical engineering and plans to dedicate his career to tackling health issues through engineering innovation.

August 28, 2018

2018-2020

Hometown: Summit, New Jersey

Undergraduate: Rutgers University

Major: Biomedical Engineering, 2018

Technology:  IncuBaby
 

Sarah Salter is currently working on the development of a neonatal warming crib with Rice 360° and will be running the device’s second clinical trial in Malawi in the summer of 2019. She holds a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Rutgers University. As an undergraduate student, she began development of a diagnostic for viral versus bacterial infection in pediatric patients that would be used in low-resource settings. This project showed her the dire need for low-cost medical technology in the developing world and inspired her to become involved in global health. She has experience in experimental design, rapid prototyping, and technical troubleshooting. Sarah plans to attend medical school and, in her career, wants to be a part of healthcare solutions that will make a lasting impact in children's health.

August 28, 2018

2017-2019

Hometown: Belgium, WI

Undergraduate: Marquette University

Major: Biomedical Engineering, 2013

Graduate: Duke University

Major: Master of Science in Global Health, 2015

Technology:  BreathAlert, Optoco, IncuBaby

Betsy works on the development and clinical implementation of multiple technologies with Rice 360°. She holds a Masters in Global Health degree from the Duke Global Health Institute at Duke University with a BS in biomedical engineering from Marquette University. Her master thesis supported the development and commercialization of a portable colposcope for the screening of cervical cancer in low resource settings. She has led numerous hands-on training programs in medical device technical troubleshooting, repair and preventative maintenance with Engineering World Health. She has experience as a design engineer in the medical device industry, global health research methods, and designing & conducting clinical trials in Africa, Central & South America and the US.

August 28, 2018

2017-2019

Hometown: Tampico, Mexico

Undergraduate: Letourneau University

Major: Biomedical Engineering, 2017

Technology:  NTM (Neonatal Temperature Monitor), IncuBaby


Sonia Sosa leads the development of a low-cost warming crib and a continuous temperature monitor as a Global Health Fellow with Rice 360°. She graduated in 2017 with a B.S in Engineering with a Biomedical Concentration from LeTourneau University. Sonia developed a passion for global health after traveling to Kenya for a research project involving user feedback for wheelchairs designed for underserved populations with mobility impairments. Following graduation, she spent 2 months in Rwanda with Engineering World Health receiving training in biomedical equipment repair and volunteering at Kibuye District Hospital. Sonia’s career goal is to improve quality healthcare services around the globe through technology, and hospital staff training on the use and maintenance of equipment.

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