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BME Hosts Students from Health Professions High School

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Toby Weber
Students from DeBakey High School for Health Professions visited the Cullen College to last week to learn more about biomedical engineering.
Students from DeBakey High School for Health Professions visited the Cullen College to last week to learn more about biomedical engineering.

About 30 students from Houston’s Michael E. DeBakey High School for Health Professions visited the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering last week to learn more about their career and educational options.

The visitors are enrolled in the high school’s Introduction to Biomedical Engineering course. They came to the Cullen College’s Department of Biomedical Engineering to learn more about the field and see first-hand some of the technologies they’ve learned about in class.

The visit included presentations by biomedical engineering faculty members Ahmet Omurtag, who showed them a wireless electroencephalogram (EEG) technology he is developing; and Nuri Ince, who presented a brief lesson on electrocardiogram technologies.

According to Allyson Plosko, initiative and outreach officer for the department, this visit was part of a larger partnership between the biomedical engineering department and DeBakey High School. BME faculty members visit the school at least once per semester to discuss their research and their own educational backgrounds, while undergraduates in the department also go to the school to talk about their own experiences as students.

“The idea is that the high school students will hear about cutting-edge research, see the applications of the technologies they’ve heard about, meet current students and be inspired to pursue biomedical engineering, preferably at UH,” Plosko said.

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