Rehman Ali receives PURA award!

Rehman Ali, a BME undergraduate working with Vineet Tiruvadi, received a President’s Undergraduate Research Award from Georgia Tech for the Spring 2016 semester.  Congratulations!  Rehman’s undergraduate research is focused on computational methods that will help understand brain dynamics underlying the treatment of depression by Deep Brain Stimulation.  Vineet is a MD/PhD BME student working with Dr. Helen Mayberg at Emory and co-advised by Dr. Robert Butera.


William Rountree receives Petit Scholar award!

William Rountree, a Mechanical Engineering undergraduate working with Yogi Patel, was selected as a Petit Scholar starting in January 2016!  The Petit Scholars program funds promising undergraduates for an entire year for an intense undergraduate research experience, including full-time support in the summer term.  William is working on new hands-on techniques and electrodes to efficiently implement nerve block by high frequency stimulation.

Atlanta Brain Bee!


We helped out at the Atlanta Brain Bee. Workshop the week before and the day of the competition.

Congratulations to Ranjani Sundaresan from Alpharetta High School for winning first place and going to compete at the National Competition.

Biopotential Amplifiers

You go to the doctors for a checkup – and the first thing that the nurse checks is your heart rate. The box to the right does the exact same – and connects to your iPad! The video (below) is this box in action connected to an oscilloscope. Check out that heart beat! This is an example of a biopotential amplifier that can measure activity from skeletal muscles and the heart.



We demo’d this system at an outreach event to 5th graders at the 4/5 Academy at Fifth Avenue in Decatur, Georgia (pictures below). The box was connected to a student and the iPad was connected to the classroom projector. The students could measure activity from flexed bicep muscles as well as sit still and see their heartbeat.


Here’s a video of it in action!