Oct. 22: UND/NDSU Biomedical Engineering Symposium in Grand Forks

The second annual joint UND-NDSU Biomedical Engineering Symposium is set for Monday, Oct. 22, in the Memorial Union.

Joint graduate-level (M.S. and Ph.D.) programs in Biomedical Engineering (BME) are offered by UND College of Engineering and Mines, NDSU College of Engineering, and UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences. The program began in fall 2017.

The symposium promotes the joint Biomedical Engineering graduate programs and strengthens the collaborations among UND/NDSU faculty and industry. It will provide new opportunities to broaden relationships leading to the development of BME collaborative/competitive research projects and proposals that require interdisciplinary participation and expertise.


9:00-9:10 Welcome by Colin Combs, Chair, Basic Science/Professor, Biomedical Sciences, SMHS, UND– Lecture Bowl
9:10-9:30 Rashid Ahmed, Associate Dean for Research, College of Nursing and Professional Discipline, UND, “Biostatistics for Medical Device Clinical Studies” – Lecture Bowl
9:30-10:00 Nathan Grenz – Senior Scientist, Medtronics, Minneapolis, MN, “Developing a Career in the Medical Device Industry” – Lecture Bowl
10:00-10:30 Lisa MacFadden – Director of Sanford Sports Medicine, “Finding Personal Success: A Perspective on Developing Your Career Path” – Lecture Bowl
10:30-11:00 Ben Brooks – Senior Scientist, Carterra Bioscience, “High-throughput Surface Plasmon Resonance for the Identification of Vaccine-induced Antibodies” – Lecture Bowl
11:00-11:45 Tour of Biomedical Engineering Research Complex (BERC) – Upson II Room 10 (Lower Level)
1:00-2:00 Keynote: Chuck Kummeth – President and CEO, Bio-Techne Corporation, Minneapolis, “A Model for University Technology Transfer and Collaboration” – Lecture Bowl
2:00-3:00 Industry Panel moderated by Daniel Ewert – Professor Emeritus, ECE NDSU, Lecture Bowl

  • Chuck Kummeth, Bio-Techne Corp.
  • Nathan Grenz, Medtronics
  • Andy R. Torreson, Mayo Clinic
  • Lisa MacFadden, Sanford
  • Jim Albrecht, ComDel Innovation
3:00-4:00 Poster Presentation by Students – Fireside Lounge