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Meet the Blue Team

Meet Team Blue!

In this iteration of BIE, we have the unique opportunity to partner with Makerere University in Uganda through the Engineering World Health (EWH) exchange program.

A quick glance at the materials introduced by the EWH program as well as the Capstone Project for ‘The Launch’ reveals an overarching theme of engineering in low resource environments to improve the affordability and accessibility of medical equipment. This proves to be a meaningful challenge — a contrast from the textbook perfection and optimization that we learn in classes, and puts us in an uncomfortable real-world position to make an actual impact in low-resource regions that are often overlooked by the engineering community.

In our first week we have reached out to eight stakeholders and secured an interview date with four of them. We went through the preliminary stage of understanding the problem at hand and synthesizing the process towards our answer: How can we best serve the needs of low-resource communities in reducing surgical infections through the SurgeCare engineering product?

SurgeCare is a method of sterilizing medical equipment optimized to work with Ethiopia’s resources which was developed by a team as a capstone project at UC Berkeley. Our team’s goal is to further develop the product by understanding how it can better address the user. This is both an engineering AND a business problem and we are off to a jolted start with a long list of to-dos, mind full of questions, and a heart filled with determination to find answers.

For a start, we got our hands wet with the Business Model Canvas (BMC)for SurgeCare after having completed the Lean Launchpad course through Udacity. It felt different actually working on the canvas — whereas the course made theoretical sense, we were faced with numerous questions when attempting to fill out the Business Model Canvas for SurgeCare. One key point that stood out to us was that while the BMC focused on revenue and profit-taking to sustain the business, it felt that our mission at hand was to solve a gap that presented itself in low-resource regions. Hence, we have in mind to pitch the Mission Model Canvas (MMC) in future presentations.

Athena Louise Lopez | She/ Her/Hers

I am Athena Louise Lopez. I am a student at the University of California, Berkeley studying Bioengineering with a concentration in computational and synthetic biology. I currently work with the FDA and another team collaborating on the first multi-patient ventilation system. I have also worked with the Johns Hopkins NICU design team creating new devices, one being aCute Cards, and I conducted research in Kevin Healy’s Biomaterials Lab where I accessed HyA weights to be used in regenerative medicine. My areas of expertise include design and environmental health. Specifically, I focus on designing devices used in various bioengineering subfields, including biotechnology, biomedical, and bio-agriculture. I am an advocate for ethical engineering and green engineering and, so with each new design, I gear my energy towards creating the most effective low-cost and sustainable devices using desirable physiological components with low-risk transition rates.

Bryan Wong (he/any)

Hi! I’m a rising fourth year at UC Berkeley and a Bioengineering undergraduate. Fun fact: my initials are BMW because I was named after the car.

My specific focus within bioengineering is in Synthetic Biology and Food Science. I am interested in opportunities that merge Art into STEM to create STEAM.

I have been fortunate to have opportunities to explore engineering design and human-centered design in my classes: I used UC Berkeley’s makerspace to laser-scan and 3D print my face, I worked in a biodesign lab where I placed cockroaches on tiny treadmills, and I researched and modeled a prosthetic device for stroke patients. My first-place hackathon wins have allowed me to experience working with the QB3 Rosenman Institute and the CITRIS Foundry. My newest project is on affordable plant-based meat alternatives, and I currently do research on using bacterial metabolic pathways for cheaper wastewater treatment as an NAE Grand Challenges Scholar.

Kim Hwang (Kim) + ‘He’ series

I am Kim Hwang, Yeo. I go by ‘Kim’. I am a rising senior in Bioengineering at Berkeley’s school of engineering. I am originally from Singapore, a tiny island-country in Southeast Asia often referred to as ‘the Little Red Dot’. I currently live in Los Angeles, California and am looking forward to moving to Berkeley this Fall. I am a transfer student from Santa Monica College, and a fun/disappointing fact is that I have never yet been to the Berkeley campus itself due to the pandemic.

I am interested in pursuing MD after graduating. What drove me to pursue bioengineering as an undergraduate degree is to learn more about what goes behind the design of biomedical devices and healthcare technologies that healthcare professionals use everyday in diagnosis and treatment.

Feel free to connect with me!

Roni Weissman (she/her/hers)

My name is Roni and I am a rising junior at UC Berkeley majoring in bioengineering with a concentration in cell and tissue engineering and a minor in conservation and resource studies. Outside of classes I work in the Fletcher Lab on campus where I have been involved in researching COVID-19 as well as influenza A virus, and began tackling design processes through fabrication of transwells using OnShape and laser cut acrylic. I love to get outside as much as possible and go on hikes, swim, and run! I also like to paint but I haven’t been able to do that much recently. As for career aspirations, I am still learning what direction I would like to go in. I would like to incorporate my passion for the environment into my bioengineering work at some point, but I am also interested in all the multitudes of ways bioengineering can help the world.




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Berkeley Bioengineer (B.S.) ’22 | BioDesign Immersion Program, Engineering World Health Summer Exchange (2021) |

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