BME PhD Student Ariel Hecht demonstrates the Label-Acquired Magnetorotation (LAM) system that he designed that shoots a laser into a teflon-coated glass slide with blood that is coated with magnetic beads to reveal the concentration of specific proteins in the Chemistry Building on Central Campus in Ann Arbor, MI on February 28, 2013.
Based on the periodicity of light and arrangement of proteins with respect to different samples, Hecht is able to detect the presence of different proteins in blood. Such technology is beneficial in point of care diagnostic systems that enable for quicker blood test results (minutes instead of days).
Photo: Joseph Xu, Michigan Engineering Communications & Marketing
While college students around the country are relaxing with warm beaches and late nights for Spring Break, a group of Michigan Engineering students are in Chicago working with students in public schools.
The Alternative Spring Break (ABS) Chicago team has gotten down and dirty with high schoolers for the last two years, introducing engineering concepts and talking about what it means to be a successful college student. Their goal is to spread the message of STEM, and to encourage students to set high goals and create paths for achieving them.
So while you’re lying on the beach, sipping your ice-cold drink, remember there are a few good engineers out there making a difference…