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Biomedical engineering students recognized by InfoTech WNY

Women in Technology award winner Mary Canty conducts research in UB’s Orthopaedics Research Lab under the direction of Mark Ehrensberger, assistant professor of biomedical engineering and director of the lab. Photo: UB Engineering

By EMILY SUGARMAN

Published July 25, 2017

Two UB biomedical engineering students are among 12 influential people and organizations in Buffalo honored recently by InfoTech WNY for setting “the standard for technological innovation and implementation, workplace culture and industry activism.”

PhD student Mary Canty won the Women in Technology Award, while rising senior Colin Myers received the Student in Technology Award at InfoTech WNY’s BETAS (Buffalo Emerging Technology Awards Showcase) event.

InfoTech WNY is Western New York’s professional organization promoting technology through networking, education, recognition and career enrichment. A consortium of multi-sized software, hardware and telecommunications companies; government and economic agencies; and educational institutions, it works to address various industry-specific issues, such as workforce availability, industry image, technology transfer, networking, access to financing and attracting new business to the region.

In addition to the Women in Technology and Student in Technology categories, other BETAS categories are Best Cyber Culture; Best Emerging Tech Company; Best Mobile App; Best Tech Team in Creative Services, Non-Profit, Service Industries and Technology Services; Best Use of Digital Marketing; IT Leader of the Year; and Entrepreneur of the Year.

Canty, who earned a BS in biomedical engineering from UB in 2014, is a member of the Kenneth A. Krackow Orthopaedics Research Lab, where she studies orthopaedic implant infection. Her research focuses on novel techniques to prevent orthopaedic implant-associated infections, such as voltage-controlled electrical stimulation of titanium implants. Her adviser is Mark Ehrensberger, assistant professor of biomedical engineering and director of the lab.

Canty is a recipient of a Department of Biomedical Engineering Presidential Scholarship and, for the third year, a Prosperity Fellowship.

Colin Myers (right) at the BETAS award ceremony with Irfan Khan, one of the founders and chief strategy officer of Circuit Clinical. Photo: UB Engineering

Myers works as a project manager for Circuit Clinical, a biotechnology startup based in Buffalo. The company aims to bring new medical solutions to patients by streamlining the process of clinical trials.

Myers says majoring in biomedical engineering “enables me to be part of cutting-edge technology every day. The ever-changing industry opens up endless possibilities and can lead to significant advances in health care.”

He plans to continue his education at UB, and his work with Circuit Clinical.

The Department of Biomedical Engineering is a joint program between the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.