Congratulations to two Putnam Lab BME PhD students, Cara Robertus and Ruben Trujillo, who were each awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowships this year! Your accomplishments are truly out of this world!
The program for A.D. White Professors-at-Large presented a public seminar and panel discussion about Academic Entrepreneurship. The talk “Academic Entrepreneurship: Creating Impact Beyond Publishing Papers” was given by Stephen Quake, Ph.D. from Stanford University. Professor Putnam was invited to join the panel discussion with Dr. Quake and Andrea Ippolito, lecturer in Engineering Management at Cornell University. The panel was moderated by David Erickson, Ph.D, from Cornell Biomedical Engineering.
Congratulations to Dr. Stephanie Curley for being accepted into the Academic Leadership for Women in Engineering (ALWE) program at SWE’s annual conference, WE19 in Anaheim California! The ASSIST grant will be funding her entire travel experience. The purpose of the ALWE program is to provide female academics in engineering with the skills and knowledge needed to pursue, acquire, and maintain institutional leadership positions at a university. You can find out more about the program here. Congrats Stephanie, we can’t wait to hear all about the trip!
Congratulations to Shamanth on receiving an Engineering Learning Initiative Undergraduate Research Award from Cornell University! This award will provide Shamanth with funding for his summer research project.
In an effort to experience Sarah’s eccentric midwestern roots firsthand and cultivate lab bonding, Putnam lab PhD students and post docs took a road trip to the beautiful city of Cleveland “Mistake on the Lake,” OH. Despite best efforts by the Baltimore Orioles, the Cleveland Indians won 10 to 0 with Shane Bieber pitching an outstanding career first complete game. Also, Hania ran a speedy half marathon PR of 1:56!
Putnam lab is excited to welcome a new post doc, Zhexun (Jason) Sun! Jason completed his PhD in 2018 at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, where he worked with Prof. David Putnam in Biomedical Engineering. In his short time among us, we are confident that Jason will make an excellent addition to the Putnam lab, based on his extensive knowledge of biomaterial synthesis and outstanding performance as a laboratory safety officer. In his free time, Jason enjoys skiing, rock climbing, and wine tasting. Welcome, Jason!
Jason has successfully defended his thesis “Design, Synthesis, and Evaluation of Lubricin Mimetic Polymers and Their lubrication of Cartilage and Bone.” Woooo!
Beatrice Awasthi (M.Eng Biomedical Engineering, 2018) will enter the Biological and Biomedical Sciences PhD program at Harvard University this fall.
Hannah Childs (B.S. Biomedical Engineering, 2018) will enter the Biomedical Engineering PhD program at Columbia University this fall. She will complete her PhD work in the lab of Helen Lu.
Aditya Misra (B.S. Chemical Engineering, 2017) will enter the Harvard-MIT Health Sciences Technology program towards a PhD in Medical Engineering and Medical Physics this fall.
Congratulations to Dr. Putnam for his promotion to the rank of Professor on April 1!