Students interested in biomedicine or engineering have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience through the Biomedical Engineering Society.
Tyler Perry, president of the Biomedical Engineering Society and a senior studying mechanical engineering, said the society is the first student chapter in Idaho, and a majority of the members are founders of it.
The society meets Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. in the Mark Austin Technology/Engineering Building room 208.
Students who want to participate in an additional neuroscience research project meet Saturdays at 9:30 a.m. in Austin 204.
“I am personally passionate about this society because it gives me an opportunity to share my knowledge with other people,” Perry said.
Perry said the society also provides a great opportunity to get research done to prepare him for his desired future as a cardiovascular engineer.
The society is currently focusing on ways to help patients with multiple sclerosis.
Perry said they are constructing a syringe that automatically feeds patients who are unable to feed themselves.
“Our mission statement is to provide education, experience and internships for students interested in biomedical engineering,” Perry said.
Perry said this society is beneficial for any students interested in any type of engineering or science field.
“This is a really great opportunity for students who want to broaden their horizon,” Perry said. “All science majors and students who want to expand their skill set and aren’t afraid of a challenge should join.”
Perry said weekly meetings include looking up technical and medical journals, researching multiple sclerosis and having an educational lesson on something helpful.
“We do different things in our weekly meeting depending on what we are trying to accomplish that week,” Perry said.
Joel Griffiths, a team leader of the Biomedical Engineering Society and a junior studying mechanical engineering, said the team look to recruit engineering majors as well biology, nursing and students involved in other majors pertaining to the medical field.
“Our society is unique because we are taking two different kinds of studies and combining them,” Griffiths said. “We use human physiology and engineering to make life better for people.”
Griffiths said the society has been beneficial for him because it gives him a chance to apply the skills he has learned in classes and helps reaffirm his passion for the neuroscience field.
He said his focus right now is Project Munin, which is a neuroscience project affiliated with multiple sclerosis.
Griffiths said his main duty in the society is to lead team Munin and get people involved in it. He said he makes sure the research for team Munin gets done each week.
“Graduate schools and employers don’t just look at academic excellence,” Griffiths said. “They look for experience also, and the projects we do help us gain experience.”
Jacob Nickle, a junior studying mechanical engineering, helped create the society.
He said societies are a great thing for all students to be involved in.
“Different societies on campus are important because people have different interests,” Nickle said. “Different societies focus on different interests, but they all provide leadership opportunities and experiences.”
Nickle said students should join the Biomedical Engineering Society to gain experience and expand their knowledge.
“In the classroom, you’re just learning,” Nickle said. “In the society, you are applying and practicing what you’ve learned.”
The Biomedical Engineering Society began in March 2014 for students interested in working with medical devices and delving deeper into their desired careers.
Nickle said one reason he started the society was to decide if the biomedical field was right for him, and through the society, he decided that it is.
In order to be consistent and get something out of a ociety, Nickle said students have to be interested in it and have a passion for it.
Nickle said helping create the Biomedical Engineering Society has been a journey, but that he is satisfied with the progress of it.
“This society has made me more confident on what direction to go in my future,” Nickle said.