Project ENGAGES Celebration

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An exciting event to we bid our graduating Class of 2016 a farewell and celebrate their acceptance into top universities such as Georgia Tech, Duke University, Spelman College, Emory University, Wake Forest University, and University of Michigan to name a few.


9:30 a.m.    Welcome and Opening Remarks - Bob Nerem and Manu Platt
9:45 a.m.    Presentations - Moderated by Lakeita Servance

  • Taren Carter-CSK-- The Fluid Mechanics of Taste ( Hu Lab) (Thomas Spencer) 
  • Alexus Clark-CSK-- Mobilizing Brain cancers with stimulation from electric fields ( Bellamkonda Lab) (Jonathan Lyon and Jessica Falcone) 
  • Makala Faniel-KIPP-- Use of a Laser Beaming Apparatus to Improve the Energy Efficiency of UAVs (Heat Transfer, Combustion, and Energy Systems Lab) (Mentor TBD) 
  • Taylor Garlington-MAYS-- Underwater Sensing Networks (GTRI Electronic Systems Lab) (Mentor TBD) 
  • Jalyn Gordon-KIPP-- Building Dynamic Information Systems to Support Army Families with Exceptional Needs (GTRI Information and Communications Lab) (Mentor TBD) 
  • Nicole Gullatt-MAYS-- Modeling the Effects of Bruch's Membrane Opening Shape on the Biomechanics of the Rat Model of Glaucoma ( Ethier Lab) (Stephen Schwaner) 
  • Kendreze Holland-BEST-- Analysis of Cathepsins K, L, S Intracellular Localization In Transfected HEK-293T Cells ( Platt Lab) (Andrew Shockey) 
  • Kristen Kelley-MAYS-- Immuno-modulatory Hydrogels for Stem Cell Therapy after Traumatic Brain Injury ( Bellamkonda Lab) (Melissa Alvarado-Velez) 
  • Dezmanique Martin-KIPP-- Optimizing the User Experience for Army Families using Java Frameworks (GTRI Information and Communications Lab) (Mentor TBD) 
  • Jada Maxwell-MAYS-- Analysis of cathepsin activity in cathepsin knockout mice ( Platt Lab) (Akia Parks) 
  • Asha Scott-KIPP-- Exploring the Pro-Regenerative Actions of Resolvins ( Botchwey Lab) (Caitlin Sok) 
  • Jessie Smith-BEST—Title and Mentor TBD 
  • Qwantayvious Stiggers-BEST-- Regenerating Articular Cartilage with Heparan Sulfate Hydrogels using Human Adipose Derived Stem Cells ( Roy Lab) (Kirsten Parratt-Gordon) 
  • Omari Weems-MAYS--The Effect of Surface Stiffness on Mesenchymal Stem Cell Function ( Roy Lab) (Michael Nelson) 

11:00 a.m.   Recognition Ceremony - Moderated by Manu Platt

  • STARs Science Club - Bob Nerem 
  • Project ENGAGES Students - Lakeita Servance and Kevin Caravati 
  • Mentors - Bob Nerem 

11:25 a.m.   Closing Remarks
11:30 a.m.   Lunch
12:30 p.m.   Dismissal

Project ENGAGES (Engaging New Generations at Georgia Tech through Engineering & Science) is a high school science education program developed at Georgia Tech in partnership with Coretta Scott King Young Women's Leadership Academy, B.E.S.T Academy, KIPP Atlanta Collegiate and Benjamin E. Mays High School, four minority-serving public high schools in the City of Atlanta. As part of this program there are two tracks, the Biotechnology Track and the Engineering Track. The first of these was established by the National Science Foundation STC on the Emergent Behaviors of Integrated Cellular Systems, a center that is part of the Petit Institute for Bioengineering & Bioscience. The Engineering Track was established by a joint effort of the Georgia Tech Research Institute, the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, the Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering, and the NSF-funded Materials Research Science and Engineering Center.


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