QMUL Celebrates Student Achievements at IMechE Healthcare Technologies Student and Early Career Awards

14 September 2023

Lujain Musafir, Saskia Hale, Aylish Moore and Semhar Misghina (from left to right)
Lujain Musafir, Saskia Hale, Aylish Moore and Semhar Misghina (from left to right)
Institution of Mechanical Engineers
Institution of Mechanical Engineers

This week six of the Biomedical Engineering students from the School of Engineering and Materials Science at Queen Mary University of London were selected to present at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) Healthcare Technologies Student and Early Career Awards event, held at One Birdcage Walk, London.

The university’s representation includes four poster presentations and two oral presentations. The biomedical engineering students representing the university are Saskia Hale, Lujain Musafir, Haipeng Liang, Linxiaohai Ning, Semhar Misghina, and Aylish Moore.

There’s more excellent news to come, as two of our brilliant students were able to go home with prizes under their name. Aylish Moore clinched the 1st prize of the Vicon Best Oral Bioengineering Presentation Award and Semhar Misghina was awarded the 1st runner-up.

Aylish introduces the motivation behind her award-winning project. “My project is titled ‘Understanding the Internal Biomechanics Induced by Different Pessary Designs: A Computational Study’. My interest in pelvic floor dysfunction peaked during my year in industry, which led to me defining the directions of my project when I returned to university. I thoroughly enjoyed my final-year project. To be given the opportunity to present my work at the IMechE Healthcare Technologies Student and Early Careers Awards was an honour, and being awarded the 1st prize out of the undergraduate presentations motivates me to continue my research in this area of women’s health. I would like to thank Prof Himadri Gupta in his support throughout this project.”

Semhar shares how this experience solidified her decision to commit to her upcoming PhD. “I had the incredible opportunity to present for the IMechE Vicon Best Oral Presentation award, and becoming a runner-up was a great honour. My project, supervised by Dr Caroline Roney delved into atrial digital twins and their potential to predict atrial fibrillation inducibility. This opportunity allowed me to share my findings and network with fellow researchers. This experience offered invaluable insights into the broader landscape of biomedical engineering and cardiology. It solidified my commitment to advancing the transformative impact of digital twins in healthcare, and I am looking forward to embarking on this journey in my upcoming PhD.”

Prof. Zion Tse, the Director of the Centre for Bioengineering and an IMechE fellow, remarked, "We are immensely proud of our students who have demonstrated exceptional skill and dedication in their respective projects. Their achievements are a testament to Queen Mary’s commitment to driving forward innovation and excellence in biomedical engineering." Dr. Caroline Roney, the Centre Champion for PDRA and Early Career Researchers, echoed these sentiments, "Seeing our students recognised at such a platform is amazing. It's a reflection of their hard work, and the quality of our research and training." Prof. Yi Sui, Director for Research, added, "It's truly inspiring to witness the next generation of biomedical engineers from our institution present their research on a national stage. These achievements are just the beginning for our students, and the future holds much promise."

A special mention of gratitude goes out to our academic team: Dr. Caroline Roney, Prof. Elizabeth Tanner, Dr. Stefaan Verbruggen, Dr. Christopher Chapman, and Dr. Thilina Lalitharatne, who organised mock panels and provided much support, ensuring the students were well-prepared for this event.

The Centre of Bioengineering at Queen Mary University of London proudly celebrates the achievements of these outstanding students and the hard work put into their respective projects.

For more details about the event please visit the IMechE website.

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Updated by: Zion Tse