Dear Friends of EWH,
Over the last year, Covid-19 has significantly changed the way we work, so we are moving our office again. We're staying in Durham, but our new address will be:
4819 Emperor Blvd, Ste 400,
Durham, NC 27703
Our new office comes with a new phone number: 919-313-4633. Thanks to all of you for sticking with us during this turbulent time!
We would also like to say thank you to everyone who contributed to our Year End Appeal. Your generous support helps us remain stable as we continue to adjust our programming. Thanks to you, we were able to run our first Virtual Winter Institute, and we are preparing to launch our new STEM Outreach program, Kits for Classrooms. Find out more about both programs below!
Thank you for empowering the biomedical engineering community with us,
Tojan B. Rahhal
CEO & President
Virtual Winter Institute
This January, EWH hosted 42 students from the United States and Uganda in our Virtual Winter Institute. For 3 weeks, participants learned and worked in international teams with an experienced mentor. Together, they explored biomedical device design and completed design projects focused on common hospital equipment challenges in low-resource settings.
Presentation Slide from Team 1's Modified O2 Concentrator Design
One participant said of the Institute, "This experience has been a great way to explore the realm of biomedicine while receiving feedback, encouragement, and suggestions from actual biomedical engineers."
We are very grateful to Dr. Robert Ssekitoleko and Makerere University for their partnership, and to all who helped make this program a success! We look forward to hosting more virtual programs in the future!
Read the Report
EWH Attends USC Makeathon
Every year, the Associated Students of Biomedical Engineering (ASBME), an undergraduate student organization at the University of Southern California (USC), hosts a medical device design competition called the Makeathon.
Teams of undergraduate students brainstorm and prototype a medical device to address a real-world health challenge. At the end of the competition, students pitch their design solution to a panel of judges composed of professors and representatives from industry. This year, EWH worked with ASBME to craft a design challenge related to improving oxygen delivery in low-resource communities across the globe.
EWH's Institute Manager, Megan Lavery, joined the panel of judges to provide her insight into equipment feasibility in low-resource environments. And EWH's CEO, Tojan Rahhal, gave a keynote speech for the event, sharing her experience in biomedical engineering and fostering diversity and inclusion in STEM.
EWH was happy to join this creative, collaborative event!
Kits for Classrooms
EWH is bringing free STEM activities to classrooms!
Thanks to your support and partners like Danaher, EWH will be piloting our Kits for Classrooms program this year. We will bring EWH Kits and new lesson materials to Title 1 schools, starting with middle and high schools.
Our lesson materials introduce students to the key concepts behind each EWH Kit, what the devices do in real medical settings, and how engineering can play a role in global health. Building the Kits provides students with hands-on experience as they learn engineering skills. EWH strives to connect classroom learning with real world applications so that students feel empowered to make change and explore STEM careers.
If you're a teacher or school administrator interested in bringing EWH STEM programming to your classroom, visit our website to sign up!