Member Spotlight

BMES Diversity Spotlight:

BMES Diversity Spotlight
Evan Scott, PhD
Dr. Scott recipient of 2015 NIH Director’s New Innovator Award
Dr. Scott has been as an Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Northwestern University since the fall of 2013.  He is a recent recipient of the 2015 NIH Director’s New Innovator Award which supports exceptionally creative new investigators who propose highly innovative projects that have the potential for unusually high impact. This award complements ongoing efforts by NIH and its institutes and centers to fund new investigators through R01 grants and other mechanisms. His other recent awards include the 2015 National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award and the 2014 American Heart Association Scientist Development Grant.  His laboratory applies principles from bionanotechnology and tissue engineering towards the development of translational immunotherapies for heart disease and the rational design of vaccines.
Dr. Scott’s outreach interests have focused on K-12 underrepresented minority (URM) and female Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) students. His NSF CAREER Award is currently implementing a seminar series at a local high school in Evanston, IL that is aimed at exposing both URM and female students along with their parents to URM and female faculty in BME.  In addition to this, he also participates in the Kits & Kats program, which brings URM high school students to Northwestern.  

BMES Member Spotlight: 

Zachary Llaneras          
BMES Student Member

What school do you attend?
Medical Photonics Lab/ Florida International University
What does membership in BMES mean to you?
Even though I am a new member, my membership in BMES means a lot to me. My membership gives me a chance to see what is going on in the BME world today, it allows me to read new publications, and watch videos of other members’ experiences. Being a member and watching the conference videos has made me work harder on my research so that I can submit an abstract for a chance to present at the upcoming conference. My membership made me want to be more involved in BMES.
What is the focus of your work?
 I am currently interning in the Medical Photonics Lab at Florida International University and my work focuses on compression therapy for burn victims.  I am designing and constructing a wearable compression garment that will be able to provide real time measurement of pressure on the target tissue to patients and clinicians and communicate to a measuring station wirelessly. This compression garment would make it possible for burn victims to easily and efficiently utilize compression therapy.
Tell us a fun fact about you!
On the weekends I spend my time at a gym that’s dedicated to rock climbing.