President: Allison Bayro
I recently completed my undergraduate degree in Bioengineering at UIC and am pursuing a Ph.D. in Bioengineering as well. My current research in the Laboratory of Engineering for Gait Sciences (LEGs) focuses on studying neuroplastic mechanisms of improved walking function following robotic intervention for post-stroke patients. I am also involved in research endeavors in the Wearable Technology and Sensoy Enhancement Laboratory (WTSE) as I am passionate about developing discreet, assistive technology to improve the quality of life for disabled individuals. In my free time, I enjoy exploring Chicago (the best city in the world), reading and painting. As president of IEEE EMBS, I aim to lead an organization that continues to foster technological innovations, valuable connections and member success. I hope the variety of events, connections and programs we offer in this organization will benefit all members professionally, intellectually and socially.
Vice President: Manuela Burek
I am a fourth year in bioengineering with a concentration in neural engineering. I joined the EMBS board in hopes of helping other students explore and get hands on experience in the field of bioengineering, so they can find out their true interests. I do research in Dr. Esmailbeigi’s Wearable Technology and Sensory Enhancement lab.
Secretary: Heba Sattar
I am a third year Bioengineering Undergraduate student with a concentration in Neural Engineering. I wanted to become a part of the EMBS board this year to provide students with more opportunities to engage with other students, faculty, and professional organizations, especially with the current circumstances. I currently participate in research at the Wearable Tech Lab with Dr. Esmailbeigi, a Neuroscience Lab on West Campus, and the Bioprinting Lab with Dr. Shah. I am most interested in neural prosthetics for rehabilitation and sensory enhancement, the Brain-Machine Interface, and Machine Learning for modeling and predicting patterns. I also really enjoy swimming, hiking, cooking, baking, and photography!
Project Manager: Christian Guerrero
I am a fourth year bioengineering undergraduate student, concentrating in neural engineering, and minoring in computer science. I am interested in the development and manufacturing of medical devices, and neural prosthesis for rehabilitation and sensory enhancement.
As project manager for the IEEE EMBS chapter at UIC my goal is to create and guide members through engineering projects; that can inspire and develop the creativity, ingenuity, and skills we have as engineers.
Outside of EMBS I spend my time dancing on a Chicago salsa team, cooking, working on artistic engineering projects, and spending time with my family and dogs.
Marketing Director & Website Administrator: Mehreen Ali
Hello everyone! I am a junior in Bioengineering this year concentrating in Neural Engineering. I am most interested in wearable technology and medical devices that aim to improve healthcare through detection and treatment of diseases and injuries. In addition to being involved in EMBS I participate in research at Dr. Esmailbeigi’s Wearable Tech lab and serve as Secretary of UIC’s chapter of BMES, part of the Honors College Advisory Board, and President of Red Shoes Review.
As marketing director, I hope to help expand EMBS at UIC in order to reach as many undergrads as possible in order to build a supportive community that we can all benefit from. Looking forward to seeing you this year!
Outreach Director: Haley Calderon
I am a third year bioengineering undergraduate student focusing on bioinformatics. Although all of bioengineering is exciting, I am most interested in machine learning with genomics and developing software that can analyze neural data to find hidden patterns. I am responsible for outreach, which includes collaboration with other student organizations and handling any IEEE conferences or workshops related to neural engineering. Outside of EMBS, I like to cook, read, and am currently learning how to do 2D and 3D animation. Going forward this semester, I am most excited about the upcoming conferences as they are such a great opportunity to learn more about neural engineering, and bioengineering in general!
Journal Club Director: Katarina Surjancev
I am a junior bioengineering student and the leader of the EMBS Journal Club. Through EMBS, I have had the opportunity to really learn about and connect with my major, and I hope that I can help other students to do the same!
Through the Journal Club, I hope to offer members insight into real-world application of biomedical engineering, and get them excited for the many possibilities this path has to offer. I also hope to help members learn about research opportunities on campus. Through research, I believe students can continue to practice the skills they learn in class.
Though I love bioengineering, in my free time I enjoy running, hanging out with friends, or relaxing with my two pet cats. I am eager to work with you all!