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Ashfaq AhmedAshfaq Ahmed

Advisor: Ranu Jung
Year: 2014-Current
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This is Ashfaq Ahmed from Bangladesh. He graduated in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET). Then he was engaged in teaching for a year. He also worked as a Research Assistant in DSP Research Lab, BUET. His research topic was breast cancer detection and classification by Ultrasound imaging. He came to Florida International University as a graduate assistant. Here he met Dr. Ranu Jung and joined her lab. He was always excited to do neural related research. Now, he is concentrating on neural prosthetics. He also has a deep interest in neural imaging. He’s trying to gain as much experience as he can by working in the ANS lab. Later, he’ll try to implement his knowledge in academia or research, probably for the better life of his country’s people. In his leisure time, he likes reading books, watching documentaries and doing a bit of writing.

Noah DeLoneiian Black

Biomedical Engineering
Advisor: Ranu Jung
Year: 2013-Current
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iian Black was born in Sarasota, FL and grew up in El Cerrito, CA. He holds bachelor and master degrees in biomedical engineering from UC Berkeley and the Catholic University of America, respectively. In 2013 he was awarded the Presidential Fellowship to pursue doctorate studies in Dr. Jung’s Adaptive Neural Systems lab where his main interest lies in developing neural-interface technologies. Prior to moving to Miami, he worked for eight years as a Senior Research Engineer at the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Washington, DC where he invented exoskeleton systems for the restoration of hand function after stroke. During this period, he helped design and develop the ZeroG System, a robotic over-ground body-weight support system that facilitates gait training for individuals recovering from neurological injury. His passion is inventing technologies that enhance movement after injury. He enjoys spending free-time with his wife and son.

Andres PenaAndres Pena

Biomedical Engineering
Advisor: Ranu Jung
Year: 2013-Current
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Andres E. Pena was born on February 24, 1987 in Los Teques, Venezuela. He is currently a doctoral student in the Biomedical Engineering department at Florida International University (FIU), where he previously received a B.S. degree in Electrical and Biomedical Engineering. He has served in the local executive board of the Alpha Eta Mu Beta Honor Society and the Biomedical Engineering Society. He was awarded the NSF FGLSAMP Bridge to the Doctorate Fellowship in 2013 and the FIU Dean of Engineering Scholarship in 2014. He has been actively engaged in design and development of neurotechnology for over 4 years. During his undergraduate career, he worked in the development of effective and reliable peripheral interfaces for prosthetic control as well as the development of a neural enabled prosthesis that will provide sensory feedback to upper extremity amputees. As a graduate student, he has been working on the design and fabrication of devices and tools for the collection of experimental human psychophysics data. He also performed accelerated mechanical fatigue testing of implantable intrafascicular electrodes to be used as a neural interface for the prosthetic device. His doctoral research plans include developing a more natural peripheral neural stimulation paradigm to provide sensory feedback to upper extremity amputees and improve the sense of embodiment of an advanced prosthetic limb.

Ricardo SiuEzequiel Simeoni

Biomedical Engineering
Advisor: Ranu Jung
Year: August 2016-Current
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Ezequiel Simeoni received his Biomedical Engineer degree at Universidad Nacional de Córdoba – Argentina in May 2012. In August 2016, he arrived to FIU and began his MS in Biomedical Engineering, supported financially by Fulbright Scholarship.  Always compromised with learning and contributing to his matrix institution, he was a member of LIR (Laboratorio de Ingeniería en Rehabilitación) and, before restarting studies in USA, he was about to become an active professor in BME. After he graduated, he started working at his family’s company with the objective of generating new sources of incomes related to his career. Despite having full time responsibilities as board member and contract supervisor, he presented a project to the national organism FONTAR that was an extension to his thesis project: Lower Limb Exoskeleton. The project was awarded US$170.000 and was fully managed by Ezequiel, who assembled a team which included industrial designer, kinetic therapist, electronics engineer and BME student. The outcome was a lower limb orthotic device prototype in early stages of human trials, fully designed by Ezequiel and his team in terms of technology, programming and assembly. It is expected that by the end of his MS course this device will be an improved version of his existing prototype in process of clinical validation.

Ricardo SiuRicardo Siu

Biomedical Engineering
Advisor: Ranu Jung
Year: 2013-Current
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Ricardo Siu is an international student hailing from Honduras where he completed high school before moving to the U.S. to pursue a degree in Biomedical Engineering at Florida International University. During his undergraduate education, he worked on the design and development of a prototype for a posture monitoring system in conjunction with WB Engineering. After graduation, Ricardo worked in the ANS lab as a research technician where he gained experience in laboratory management protocols, procedures involving animal studies, and other knowledge that would be of great use when starting the PhD program at FIU in August 2013. Ricardo is currently leading animal studies required to test an adaptive respiratory controller. This project aims to improve quality of life for ventilator-dependent individuals with compromised respiratory muscles. His areas of interests include respiratory systems, biological control mechanisms, and instrumentation development. He enjoys kayaking, rock climbing, and playing board games with friends and family on his free time.

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