As faculty advisor for the SJSU Chapter of the Biomedical Engineering Society, materials engineering Professor Guna Selvaduray praises his students for their diligent work in organizing the second annual Biomedical Devices Conference, held on campus this week.
This year’s conference surpassed last year’s successful event because there were even more outstanding speakers on the program, allowing for parallel sessions to be offered in the afternoon. In addition, 14 Silicon Valley companies and the SJSU Office of the President sponsored the conference, compared to three sponsors last year.
According to Professor Selvaduray, the event was entirely organized by approximately 20 dedicated BMES undergrad and graduate students who had worked tirelessly for about six months. “They made most of the decisions while I assisted and directed them,” he says. In addition, 10 SJSU students made poster presentations of their thesis/project research.
It’s an impressive effort because the conference drew close to 250 Silicon Valley biomedical engineering professionals, engineers, marketing professionals as well as students. Participants attended to broaden their knowledge on the growing medical device market, from biomaterials and manufacturing to regulations and marketing. They also wanted to hear what outstanding leaders are saying about advances in technologies and regulations in the field. An added bonus was the opportunity to expand their professional network.