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CIMIT-MIT Medical Engineering Fellow to Apply Engineering
to Clinical Practice

BOSTON, MA, November 30, 2006 - The Center for Integration of Medicine and Innovative Technology (CIMIT) and the MIT School of Engineering recently announced the award of the first MIT-CIMIT Medical Engineering Fellowship at the CIMIT Innovation Congress held in Boston earlier this month.

Olumuyiwa Ogunnika, a graduate student in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT, will use the $50,000 award to support research toward a device for assessing neuromuscular disease.

According to Dr. John A. Parrish, director of CIMIT, a key goal of the fellowship program is to enable promising graduate students to continue their research in areas that are sometimes underfunded. These areas include medical device development, software for use in clinical practices, and the engineering of medical environments, he said."We are pleased to award this fellowship to such a deserving student whose objectives for graduate study are closely aligned with the intent of the award," said Parrish.

Professor Thomas L. Magnanti, Dean of the MIT School of Engineering, added that MIT, and particularly its School of Engineering, has an obligation to contribute to developing solutions to society's most pressing issues. "Since medicine and health care are among the most critical issues that we all face," Magnanti said, "we are delighted to partner with CIMIT in offering the new MIT-CIMIT Medical Engineering Fellowship. It not only provides support for one of our outstanding students to pursue advancements in this arena, but it also sends the message that medical engineering is important to all of us."

With interests in the application of analog and mixed-signal circuit design techniques to solving bio-medical instrumentation and diagnostic problems, Ogunnika's current project involves the development of an integrated circuit for a handheld electrical impedance probe for the assessment of neuromuscular disease.

"I see tremendous opportunity for fruitful collaboration between engineers and clinicians, leading to significant advances in diagnostic technology for a wide variety of diseases," Ogunnika said.

Born in Brooklyn, Ogunnika, known as Muyiwa, grew up in Nigeria. After returning to the US, he earned a bachelor of engineering degree in electrical engineering from City College of New York in 2001. He was valedictorian of his class. He held positions at Intel, IBM and the Los Alamos National Laboratory before coming to MIT.

CIMIT fosters and nurtures interdisciplinary collaboration among world-class experts in medicine, science and engineering, in concert with industry and government, to rapidly improve patient care.

A non-profit consortium of Boston area teaching hospitals and engineering schools, CIMIT provides innovators with resources to explore, develop and implement novel technological solutions for today's most urgent healthcare problems.

Recognized as a premier academic institution in engineering, MIT's School of Engineering serves to meet societal needs through education, research and public service. Integral to its broad approach to engineering, significant research efforts include bioengineering, medical technologies, and health care.

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