Rice 360 Newsletter Fall 2014

September 17, 2014  |  By  | 


Category: Business

Circling back: andy miller In May 2009, Andy Miller graduated from Rice University with a degree in bioengineering and a minor in Global Health Technolo- gies. For his senior project with Beyond Traditional Borders (BTB), he designed a low-cost, lunchbox-sized microscope that can detect tuberculosis. The microscope runs on batteries, weighs less than three pounds and can be produced for just over $200. With results pitted against conventional laboratory microscopes, Andy’s microscope had the same results in 98.4 percent of the tests, offering medical professionals a viable option for diagnos- ing tuberculosis in the feld. Andy, who grew up in The Woodlands, is now product design engineer at 3D Systems in San Francisco and credits BTB with giving him the ability to realize his ambition and help change the world through meaningful design. “Through my experiences with BTB, I le Rice addicted to an idea: I can change the world through engineering and design. This enthusiasm and opmism has carried into my professional career as an entrepreneur and medical device engineer. I will never forget the central mission of BTB: to create a new generaon of globally minded leaders in the eld of health technology.” Since graduation, Andy has successfully used crowdfunding to further global health technology interventions, started a small business that brings tele-medicine to remote locations and pioneered 3D printed, patent-specifc medical devices. BTB graduates are changing the world. Congratulations, Andy, on your success. Have a BTB success story you’d like to share? Contact Liz McGuffee at lizmcguffee@ rice.edu or (713) 348-4491. FIRST DEGREE Welcome to 360° View , our redesigned newsletter to give you a complete view of what is happening at Rice 360°: Institute for Global Health Technologies and Beyond Traditional Borders. We hope you will enjoy the new format — please send us a note to let us know what you think! We are settling back into school after a busy and exciting summer — detailed in these pages. On campus, students in the Beyond Traditional Borders program have received their new global health design challenges and will begin designing their innovative solutions in the Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen. Hope to see many of you on campus soon! Warm Regards, Rebecca Richards-Kortum, Ph.D. Director, Rice 360°: Institute for Global Health Technologies Stanley C. Moore Professor of Bioengineering rkortum@rice.edu Special thanks to volunteers Piper Madland, Sabina Madland and Sunny McKinnon who donated their time and talents to the creation of this newsletter. ISSUE N O : 04 / SEPTEMBER 2014 2 ISSUE N O : 05 / FALL 2014