Highlighting SPIE 2018 student presentations – Mark George
Mark George is an undergraduate student at Vanderbilt University School of Engineering and a member of the Biomedical Elasticity and Acoustical Measurement (BEAM) Lab. Under the direction of Brett Byram, PhD, assistant professor of biomedical engineering, George participated for the first time at the 2018 SPIE Medical Imaging meeting, an internationally recognized the premier forum for relating state-of-the-art research and development in medical imaging.
As lead author, George presented the paper titled, “Perfusion flow phantoms with randomly oriented microchannels.”
“Presenting at SPIE gave me a fresh perspective of what life after undergraduate could look like and this was especially relevant because I’m a senior about to graduate,” said George, a biomedical engineering major. “The experience definitely makes me feel empowered to finish strong with my research during my undergraduate career.”
“Attending the conference was also a great time to get closer to the rest of the people in the lab, being there to encourage one another and help each other but also just hang out and develop relationships,” he said. “There’s a lot of amazing work that is being done, and every little bit counts. All the hard work that is being put into research is definitely worth it.”
He also appreciated the chance to work on public speaking skills.
“While I have more to improve in speaking, I think the presentation went well and I got a few good questions,” George said. “It was great to hear my research being validated by the community.”
This is the final of five short stories highlighting VISE students who presented SPIE Medical Imaging 2018.
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