Call for Abstracts: 2017 INORE North American Symposium

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CU-Denver has received funding to support several PhD students for the upcoming fall semester.

The SHRC Program is a U.S. Department of Education-sponsored GAANN (Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need) PhD fellowship program, focusing on interdisciplinary training of fellows in the area of Transportation Engineering for Safe, Healthy and Resilient Communities.

The three-year fellowship will cover:

  • Tuition
  • Fees
  • Conference Travel
  • Annual Stipend

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Grad Member Spotlight: Celine Liong

19 September 2016


Celine Liong

PhD student, Bioengineering, expected graduation June 2019

Stanford University


Celine helped to start her undergrad (University of California San Diego) SWE chapter’s first Team Tech team. She also helped in piloting the engineering school’s first overnight stay program where UCSD SWE members hosted newly admitted high school students so that they could learn more about the opportunities at UCSD’s engineering and how SWE can serve as a resource.

Celine has been awarded the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, the National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship (NDSEG), the Stanford Enhancing Diversity in Graduate Education (EDGE)-STEM Fellowship, the UCSD Boeing-IDEA center scholarship, the San Diego SWE continuing student scholarship, and the UCSD SWE-California Space Grant Consortium Research Scholarship. Congratulations, Celine, on all you’ve accomplished! Keep up the great work!


What is your degree program (MS/PhD, department)? When do you expect to graduate?

Bioengineering PhD at Stanford. I expect to graduate June 2019.

Give a brief explanation of your research.
I work on electronic skin, a flexible and stretchable electronic device designed to mimic the tactile sensing of real human skin. I hope to apply e-skin to treat phantom limb pain. E-skin can be used to create active neural prostheses so amputees have a sense of touch and a way to treat nerves that are randomly firing. 

What do you hope to do with your degree? What are your career goals?
I hope to work in industry R&D in the future, focusing on wearable electronics that have therapeutics or diagnostic applications. 

What are some of your hobbies? What do you do in your free time?
I like to run, rock climb, and cycle. I also like to bake and take advantage of sunny California weather either by going to the beach or reading outside.
What’s a fun fact about you?
I’ve never watched Lord of the Rings.

WE16: Opportunities for Involvement!

We are only TWO months (plus a few days) away from the WE16 national conference in Philadelphia, PA! Participating in a conference session is a great way to justify attending the conference and network with fellow SWE grads. Here are TWO ways to become involved in WE16 as a grad student! These opportunities include:

  1. Rapid Fire sessions – call for applications
  2. GradSWE member survey/option to participate in a panel at the GradSWE Meet & Greet

Rapid Fire Sessions: Year after year, Rapid Fire presentation prove to be a very beneficial way for SWE grads to practice presenting their research in front of their peers and a panel of judges. The call for applications is officially open and due on Monday, September 26th at 11:59 pm EST. Please fill out the application here. Master’s and PhD students are highly encouraged to apply.

GradSWE Member Survey: Does your university have a GradSWE committee? If so, we would love to have your input! Each GradSWE committee arranges their funding and committee structures in a slightly different way. We are planning to devote time to discussing this at WE16. Ultimately, these efforts will create a reference of “best practices” as GradSWE committees become more prevalent across the country. We greatly appreciate your input! Please fill our the survey here.

For questions about either of these opportunities, Please email Rachel at with any questions.

Grad Member Spotlight: Kelly Connelly

22 Feb 2016


Kelly Connelly

PhD Student, Mechanical Engineering, expected graduation 2019



Kelly joined SWE in 2012 as an undergraduate at the University of Washington, and was Evening with Industry director her senior year. She served as outreach chair for GradSWE at UCLA last year and is currently the Vice Director this year. Kelly received the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow in 2015. Congratulations, Kelly, on all that you’ve accomplished! Keep up the great work!


What is your degree program (MS/PhD, department)? When do you expect to graduate?

I am a second year PhD student in the Mechanical Engineering department, planning on graduating in 2019.


Give a brief explanation of your research

My research project involves studying the fluid properties of the vitreous humour, which is the gel-like fluid that fills the inside of eyes. As we age the vitreous changes at the molecular level, which can affect the development of many age-related diseases that threaten a patient’s vision. My research is mainly experimental, and I use rheology to be able to correlate changes at the molecular level with changes in the fluid properties. Improving the fundamental understanding of vitreous as a complex fluid can help us work with doctors to develop and improve treatments and surgeries for vitreous-related conditions.


What do you hope to do with your degree? What are your career goals?

I am very passionate about using my mechanical engineering background to help build and create innovative solutions in healthcare. I am fascinated by the medical device development process and have the goal to work in that field after I graduate.


What are some of your hobbies? What do you do in your free time?

I love baking and cake decorating, and running. I am working on training for my first half-marathon in the fall!


What’s a fun fact about you?

I worked part-time at a dessert bakery for two years in Seattle and loved it, sometimes I dream about opening and owning my own bakery someday.

Upcoming Webinar – Patents for Owners

Join us for Part Two of the Patents webinar series on January 15th at 2pm Eastern!

Patents: An Introduction for Owners by Michael Gamble,Esq.

Part two of a two-part series. This presentation series is a basic introduction to patents and an overview of issues and practices to be considered by prospective patent inventors and patent owners.

Part Two focuses on providing a basic overview of how patents can be used to add value for owners seeking to utilize patents in a commercial venture.  The presentation covers issues associated with managing patent ownership, including aggregating ownership rights from multiple inventors into a single entity and avoiding pitfalls associated with research agreements.  The presentation will also cover strategically building and managing patent portfolios to maximize value, including enforcement and licensing.

Registration link:

Michael Gamble is a patent attorney with Harness, Dickey, and Pierce P.L.C. in Washington, D.C.  His IP practice emphasizes patent prosecution and intellectual property counseling in both the United States and abroad.  Michael has been involved in patent portfolio development and management for a wide range of endeavors and business entities.
Michael has and continues to serve clients that range from bold entrepreneurs with cutting-edge ideas and new technologies, to some of the largest and most experienced multinational corporations in the world.  He works directly with inventors, executives and in-house counsel to identify and harvest the novel and often highly specific differentiators of a given technology in order to increase the value of his client’s patent portfolios on a global stage.
With more than five years of practice, Michael works diligently to distinguish his clients’ technologies, and therefore their overall brand.  He delivers a proven ability to write and prosecute patents that are critical to his clients’ strategic development.


Did you miss the Patents: an Introduction for Inventors? Check out the presentation here.