Univ. of Buffalo’s Tessa Ooyama Wins 2017 DeviceLab Biomedical Engineering Scholarship

$1000 Award Being Given to Aspiring mHealth Biomedical Engineer Interested in Developing Wearable Concussion and mTBI Monitoring Devices

 

ORANGE COUNTY, Calif. and BUFFALO, N.Y.—DeviceLab Inc., an Orange County medical device design and manufacturing company, today announced Tessa Ooyama as the winner of its 2017 DeviceLab Biomedical Engineering Scholarship program.

 

Ooyama, a senior Biomedical Engineering major at the University of Buffalo, will receive a $1000 award from DeviceLab.

 

She was selected from dozens of highly qualified applicants asked to submit a 1,500-word essay that answered:

 

  • What are the innovations in mHealth and wireless medical devices in the last three years?
  • What are the trends for innovations for mHealth and wearable medical devices in the next three years?
  • What will be your contribution to this industry?

 

Ooyama’s winning essay explained her interest in mHealth and wearable medical device technology as solutions for quickly and accurately diagnosing athletic concussions.

 

In her essay, Ooyama said she has “dedicated myself to finding a definitive test to diagnose concussions” and detailed research for a wireless medical device solution that “produces results that are not subjective, and are not interpreted by someone’s judgment.”

 

Ooyama said there have been two key factors in discovering her passion for this research. First, as a former NCAA Division I athlete “medically disqualified” after suffering multiple concussions, Ooyama is keenly aware of the flaws with current concussion diagnoses and the impacts of sustaining injuries. Second, her pursuit of a Biomedical Engineering and fascination with “how everything works” positioned her to take advantage of a Biosignals course project in which she could choose her own project.

 

Expecting to graduate in May 2018, Ooyama said she has ambitions to attend graduate school to continue her Biomedical Engineering studies. Ultimately, she would like to be a collaborator on a medical device design and development team.

 

This is the second year DeviceLab offered its scholarship program, which was created to both encourage and reward medical device engineering students pursuing educations that may lead to a better world, said DeviceLab founder and CEO Dac Vu.

 

“As a company specializing in medical device engineering, DeviceLab is always eager to support the next generation of talent in our field,” said Vu. “We were very impressed with Tessa’s embrace of mHealth and wearable medical devices and how well she answered the essay questions.”


About DeviceLab

DeviceLab is an ISO-13485 certified medical device development company that has completed more than 100 medical device design projects of varying complexity—including medical device software development and wireless medical device design services for the newest breeds of medical IoT, mHealth and medical wearables.

 

For more information about DeviceLab, please visit devicelab.com.