PEOPLE

Graduate Students

Rabeya Zinnat AduryRabeya Zinnat Adury

Volunteer Assistant Research Engineer
Biomedical Engineering
Fall 2017-Present
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Rabeya Zinnat Adury is an international student from Khulna, Bangladesh. She received her B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology(BUET), the top university of Bangladesh. Then she moved to Miami, USA and joined Adaptive Neural System Laboratory as a volunteer to gain experience and knowledge which encouraged her a lot to start her M.Sc. in Biomedical Engineering in Florida International University. Currently, she is working with Ricardo Siu, PhD candidate in BME, who is working on adaptive respiratory controller. This project aims to improve quality of life for ventilator-dependent individuals with compromised respiratory muscles. She is open for any research area that helps the betterment of mankind.

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.

Tommaso BenigniTommaso Benigni

Biomedical Engineering
Advisor: Ranu Jung
Year: 2019-Current
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Tommaso Benigni was born in Washington D.C he received his Bachelor's degree in Biomedical Engineering at Florida International university in 2016. And after 2 years abroad decided to continue his studies. He is now currently a doctoral student with research interests in creating and understanding how to connect the peripheral nervous system to machines to improve the life of people who suffered traumatic injuries. Tommaso is a simple man he likes food, the outdoors, and building things.

Iian Blackiian 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.

Sathyakumar KuntaegowdanahalliSathyakumar Kuntaegowdanahalli, M.S.

Research Engineer
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Office: (305) 348-4780

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Sathyakumar S Kuntaegowdanahalli is a Research Engineer in the Adaptive Neural Systems Laboratory (ANS) at Florida International University. He received his B.S. degree in Electronics and Instrumentation from Birla Institute of Technology and Science Pilani, India. He also has a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Cincinnati. As part of his Master’s thesis he worked on developing microfluidic particle separators. Currently he is working on a NIH funded project to develop advanced prosthesis that can provide sensory feedback to amputees. His research interests include neural interfaces and functional electrical stimulation. When not working, Sathyakumar enjoys wildlife and landscape photography.

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.

Ariana Ortega SanabriaAriana Ortega Sanabria

Biomedical Engineering
Advisor: Ranu Jung
Year: 2019-Current
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Arianna Ortega was born in Margarita, Venezuela. She received her bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering at Universidad Simon Bolivar, one of the most prestigious universities in Venezuela. She worked for 3 years at Johnson & Johnson where she was able to develop technical and leadership skills. She moved to the U.S in 2018 to pursue a doctoral degree in BME. She's now a doctoral student working with Dr. Jung for the NIH Collaborative Research in Computational Neuroscience BiOTIFFs project. She enjoys food, going to the beach, playing video games and planning trips.

Aliyah ShellAliyah Shell

Biomedical Engineering
Advisor: Ranu Jung
Year: Fall 2019-Current
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Aliyah Shell is a Bridge-to-Doctorate Fellow from Rahway, New Jersey. She received her bachelor's degree in Biomedical Engineering at Rutgers University - New Brunswick in May 2019. Her past experiences include holding a position as an Engineering Intern at Nouveau Prosthetics & Orthotics, and two positions at MTF Biologics as a Product Development Co-op and Packaging & Sustainability Engineer. She is now a doctoral student with research interests in enhancing the quality of life of people that suffered traumatic injuries. Aliyah enjoys natural scenic locations, amusement park thrills, and exploring the Caribbean islands. In her leisure, she loves to meet new people and maintain her fitness.

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