Community Outreach

As a 501(c)(3) organization located at a university campus, AMI is a strong supporter of student-centric events on campus.

AMI has provided financial support for the following events:

Undergraduate Biomedical Engineering Awards

The Alfred E. Mann Institute for Biomedical Engineering has provided the BME Department with funds to offer awards acknowledging the achievements of undergraduate biomedical engineering studies.

These funds will be used to provide the following awards, each to include a $2,000 cash prize:

AMI Award for Academic Excellence in Biomedical Engineering

Award to a BME junior in recognition of their outstanding academic achievements.
2021 Awardee
Arjun Aron
2020 Awardee
Ahmed Mohamed
2019 Awardee
Kayley Cheng

AMI Award for Outstanding Research in Biomedical Engineering

Awarded to a BME senior who has demonstrated excellence in biomedical research in their work with a BME faculty member.
2021 Awardee
Chelsea Mariano
2020 Awardee
Johan Joo
2019 Awardee
Sarah Milkowski

AMI Award for Design Innovation in Biomedical Engineering

Awarded to a BME student team for innovative health care applications, through their senior design project or other competitions.
2021 Awardee
Team SwellSafe Device Design: Chris Martinez, Olivia Pereira, Michael Peterson, and Alana Stein. They worked on the design and prototype of a system to detect and monitor lower extremity edema (swelling). It is a difficult problem with clinical relevance. The system this team developed can measure automatically the circumference of the lower leg and compare it to a control value, for instance the value at the beginning of the day. 
2020 Awardee
Team DFUT:  Julia Morelli, Jamie Schlacter, Megan Schoen, Abigail Stepnitz, Meredith Troy, for their design of a system to diagnose and track foot ulcers in patients with poor peripheral perfusion, a condition that affects a large fraction of patients with diabetes.
2019 Awardee
Team”My GI Buddy”: Rhea Choudhury, Danielle Darakjian, Kweon Mo (Michael) Koo, Brooke Garland, and Brian Powers, for a system to assess GI health by measuring the production of hydrogen in breath during a standard glucose test. The system can be used at home to get the results immediately. In addition to the hardware and software, they developed a website to archive the results of multiple tests graphically and to provide recommendations to the user in case the hydrogen levels are elevated and indicative of possible small intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO).

AMI Award for Leadership in Biomedical Engineering

Awarded to a BME senior who has exhibited exemplary leadership in support of the biomedical engineering student community.
2021 Awardee
Dominie Miyasato and Andrew Yock
2020 Awardee
Kristie Leung
2019 Awardee
Luann Raposo

Fred S. Grodins Undergraduate Award for Academic Excellence

Conferred annually since 1994, this is the highest award given by the BME Department to one of its undergraduate students. The Grodins Undergraduate Award is given for outstanding academic achievement in the BME program, with a record of participation in biomedical engineering research and service to the department, school, and/or university. This award will now include a cash prize of $2,000 funded by AMI.
2021 Awardee
Kimberly Larson
2020 Awardee
Neelesh Bagrodia
2019 Awardee
Daniel Yen

American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) Student Chapter

AAPS’s mission is to advance the capacity of pharmaceutical scientists to develop products and therapies that improve global health. AAPS also promotes MS and PhD student participation in the organization’s activities at the local, regional, and national levels.

Associated Students of Biomedical Engineering (ASBME) Annual Corporate Dinner

ASBME is an undergraduate biomedical engineering student organization run by students and serves the undergraduate engineering student body through academic, social, and corporate events. Its Annual Corporate Dinner is an opportunity for students interested in biomedical industry, research, and healthcare-related fields to meet employers the evening after the Spring Career Fair.

Makeathon by Associated Students of Biomedical Engineering

A Makeathon is like a hackathon for designers instead of coders. In 30 hours, 14 teams of over 75 students had to brainstorm, design, and create a device under specific rules and guidelines, such as material and functional constraints. The teams had to develop a solution to address the incidence of musculoskeletal injuries during missions in space while considering necessary material and functional constraints of payload size and weight, medical knowledge of diagnosis and application and the existing treatment of casting and splinting. After eight hours, teams presented preliminary designs to a panel of judges who selected five teams that moved on to the device fabrication round. These five teams utilized USC’s Fabrication Lab to construct their designs from a variety of materials and methods.

Biotech Connection Los Angeles (BCLA)

BCLA is a project of the 501(c)(3) non-profit Community Partners. BCLA is an organization run by academics and biotech professionals from all over Los Angeles. BCLA brings academia and the biotech industry together to drive innovation forward. Its events are carefully designed to educate, connect, and inspire:

– Academic researchers including students, postdocs, and faculty
– Industry and medical professionals
– K-12 students interested in STEM
– Patients and patient advocates
– People with an entrepreneurial mindset.

Biotech Connection Los Angeles is passionate about making Los Angeles a major biotech hub.

20th Annual Fred S. Grodins Graduate Research Symposium

This is an annual student-organized and student-run symposium for biomedical engineering graduate students to present their current research work and future plans.

Healthcare 2030: A Vision For the Future

This event was organized by the USC Marshall Healthcare Leadership Association (HLA). HLA aims to position USC Marshall as the premier business school for healthcare professionals and prepare their members for a career of choice within healthcare. The goal of the conference was to provide a venue for thought leadership, innovation, and collaboration in Southern California that will prepare the healthcare leaders of tomorrow.

USC Stevens Student Innovator Showcase

The USC Stevens Student Innovator Showcase is held annually during Trojan Family Weekend and features some of USC’s savviest and ambitious student entrepreneurs. Student teams are selected to participate in the Showcase based on their demonstrated success at creating scholarship with consequence by coming up with creative, viable solutions to global problems.

Good Neighbors Campaign

The USC Good Neighbors Campaign is a university-wide fundraising effort to provide better health and educational opportunities in the areas surrounding both the University Park and Health Sciences campuses. The Campaign was founded in 1994 by then-USC President Steven Sample by asking USC faculty and staff to contribute to support or establish community-building organizations in the surrounding area. Students, alumni, and friends can also participate.

To date, the Campaign has raised more than $25 million through the generous contributions of USC faculty and staff. The funds have been given to community organizations to enhance educational opportunities, promote good health and fitness, support economic development and USC hiring, and improve safety. One hundred percent of the proceeds go to community programs. The campaign’s overhead costs and expenses are covered by the university.

The Alfred E. Mann Institute is committed to making a difference and wants USC as well as its surrounding neighborhoods to be healthy, safe, and prosperous. For 15 straight years, AMI has had 100% employee participation contribution to the Campaign. To find out more, please visit the USC Good Neighbors webpage.

Southern California Biomedical Council (SoCalBio)

SoCalBio is a nonprofit, member-supported trade association that serves the biotech, medtech, in-vitro diagnostics, and digital health communities in the six counties that comprise the Greater Los Angeles region (Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura, Santa Barbara, Riverside, and San Bernardino). AMI sponsors multiple SoCalBio events during the year, including the Annual Investors’ Conference which showcases Southern California value-based bioscience innovations and explores efficient pathways to bring them to market. To find out more about SoCalBio, please visit its webpage.

Please email us at if you are part of a student organization and want to learn more about AMI’s outreach in this space.