IEEE PULSE
May/June 2014

Feature May/June 2014
Engineering Education Today
Michael C. Loui is Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and University Distinguished Teacher-Scholar at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He earned his Ph.D. in Computer Science from M.I.T. in 1980. Barbara Oakley is an Associate Professor of Engineering... Read more
Cover Story May/June 2014
Life Hackers
In summer 2008, 23-year-old Kay Aull had just graduated from MIT with a degree in bioengineering when she came across a competition for so-called “biohackers” on science fiction website i09.com. Coined “the Mad Science Contest,” it challenged participants to invent... Read more
News and Notes May/June 2014
IEEE Pulse Receives Award
We are pleased announce that the November/December 2013 issue of IEEE Pulse (vol. 4, no. 6) has recently won a 2014 Apex Award for Design and Illustration (Photography) for cover image (photo provided by 3D Systems). APEX 2014 awards were based... Read more
Feature May/June 2014
Advancing Research in an Age of Austerity
The age of austerity dawned soon after the global financial crisis of 2008 took hold, and governments have since wrestled with how to cut back on public spending without damaging key services such as healthcare. In the UK, there is... Read more
News and Notes May/June 2014
Frontiers in Biomedical Engineering
The prowess and future of EMBS is directly linked to the vigor, vision and effectiveness of the Technical Committees (TCs). No matter how skilled the society leadership has been, the current impetus cannot be sustained without the solid backing of... Read more
News and Notes May/June 2014
Tailoring EMBC’14 for Students and Young Professionals
Every year, dedicated EMBS volunteers put together a series of activities for the annual EMBC specifically aimed at Students and Young Professionals. There are free networking lunches with EMB leaders, workshops to hone soft skills (registration required), sessions for career... Read more
From the Editor May/June 2014
Breaking Patterns: The Long Road to a Diabetes Solution
In 1872, German Egyptologist Georg Ebers made a surprising discovery related to the ancient practice of medicine. The discovery, found in southern Egypt, was a papyrus believed to contain the first documented reference in history to diabetes. Although Eber’s papyrus... Read more
Senior Design May/June 2014
Faculty Internships for Capstone Design Instructors
Capstone design courses help prepare students for professional practice. The demands of the workplace are constantly changing, requiring students to be aware of the latest changes and trends affecting the medical device industry such as: contemporary issues in biomedical engineering (access... Read more
Feature May/June 2014
Ready or Not
The days of one-size-fits-all health care are coming to an end. After years of hopeful talk, a collection of technological advancements is finally edging personalized medicine from theory to practice. As these technologies make their way to the clinic, medical... Read more
Feature May/June 2014
Biosensors in Diabetes
The increase in diabetes is a major threat to health and economic development in the 21st century, as stated by the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals. In 2013, 380 million people worldwide had diabetes, and almost 600 million are expected to... Read more
Feature May/June 2014
Diabetes and the Arab Nations
There is a crisis that is impacting health care in the Arab nations of the Middle East and in north and west Africa: six countries in this region are on the top-ten list worldwide in terms of diabetes prevalence. Comprising... Read more
Feature May/June 2014
Telemedicine in Diabetes Care
In developing countries like India, noncommunicable diseases such as diabetes have already replaced communicable diseases as the major cause of death. According to the recent Indian Council of Medical Research’s India Diabetes study, an estimated 62.4 million people in India... Read more
Feature May/June 2014
The Sugar Spectre
Three hundred eighty-two million people in the world have diabetes today. Of those, roughly 343.8 million have type 2 diabetes—the variant associated with obesity and insulin resistance—3.8 million have type 1, and 175 million don’t even know they have diabetes... Read more
Feature May/June 2014
Leveraging the Exit of Diabesity
Because hyperendemic obesity and epidemic diabetes have proved intractable thus far, there is a prevailing notion that they constitute a complex problem. Depending on the magnitude and direction of forces applied, a heavy rock may prove quite intractable to lifting.... Read more
President's Message May/June 2014
The Nature of Engineering Professions and Bioengineering
I begin with basic observations on the history of science that lead to the conclusion that bioengineering is about to be incredibly important to the careers and lives of our students. In each observation, my simplistic model is of a scientific breakthrough—a... Read more
Feature May/June 2014
One Step at a Time
One of the biggest health problems in the world is also one of the most solvable. Yet, millions of people continue to be afflicted every year, spend time in hospitals for costly treatment, and, in many cases, become permanently disabled... Read more
Graduate Life May/June 2014
Be Brave
In my worst moments, when I was feeling like I had made no progress in my thesis work and that my advisor had lost all faith in me, I would read self-help articles. It felt a little pathetic, but at... Read more
Graduate Life May/June 2014
The Fourth Author
“Publish or perish” is the old axiom that is heard in the research realm. As a graduate student, the emphasis on publications as a metric of success is often difficult to come to terms with (particularly when you have hit... Read more
Feature May/June 2014
Advances in Management Technology for Diabetes
Back in 2004, Scott Johnson, a type 1 diabetic, could find plenty of online information about the symptoms and complications of the disease that prevents his body from producing the blood-sugar-regulating hormone insulin. What he couldn’t find was anything written... Read more
Student's Corner May/June 2014
Broadening the Horizons of Student Involvement
IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biological Society (EMBS) student activities have evolved over time, gaining new heights as years pass. The year 2013 was very important for us as we reached out more effectively into new geographical regions and also... Read more
Feature May/June 2014
Presenting a New Paradigm in Cancer Therapy
The group of diseases characterized by the uncontrolled growth and spread of abnormal cells in the body is what defines cancer, and the number of individuals affected each year continues to climb. In the United States, for example, the American... Read more
State of the Art May/June 2014
Hands
Hands are awesome. Hands are marvelous in every sense of the word and are as important to us collectively and individually as are our intellects. Hands are the difference between thinking and doing. There may be other creatures in this... Read more
Feature May/June 2014
Advanced Technology Meets Mental Health
Mental disorders, characterized by impaired emotional and mood balance, are common in the West. Recent surveys have found that millions of people (age 18–65) have experienced some kind of mental disorder, such as psychotic disorder, major depression, bipolar disorder, panic... Read more
Retrospectroscope May/June 2014
Máximo Valentinuzzi (1907–1985): Perhaps the First Latin American Biophysicist, Biomathematician, and Bioengineer
My father was always studying, full of dedication and encouragement, my mother always pushed me to study, later on my wife, during our 55 years together, backed me up to study while she also kept studying … all three of... Read more
Continuing Education, May/June 2014
Improve Your Next Presentation: Tips on Effective Presentation Design and Delivery
Many readers browsing this article have communicated effectively for years, while others may be seeking successful tips here on how to make their next presentation an outstanding performance. Whichever the case, please bear in mind that this article is not... Read more
Book Reviews May/June 2014
Funding Your Career in Science: From Research Idea to Personal Grant
Ritsert C. Jansen, Cambridge University Press, 2013. ISBN: 978-1-107-62417-7. 210 pages, US$28. The author of this text is a dean of talent and professor of bioinformatics at the University of Groningen. He has extensive experience as a trainer on career and... Read more
Book Reviews May/June 2014
Biomedical Consulting Agreements: A Guide for Academics
Edward Klees and H. Robert Horvitz, MIT Press, 2012. ISBN: 978-0-262-51793-5. xiii + 125 pages, US$30. If you are an academic working in the areas of biotechnology or pharmaceutical development, this brief text, written by a lawyer and an accomplished researcher,... Read more