MedTech Announces 2015 Engineering World Health Institute 
Scholarship Winner

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

MedTech Association, a member based trade association for bioscience and medical technology (Bio/Med) companies in New York State, is proud to announce that Lisa Benison, a biomedical engineering student from the University of Rochester, is the recipient of the Association’s first Engineering World Health (EWH) Summer Institute scholarship. Benison will be awarded the scholarship at MedTech’s Annual Members’ Dinner on June 4, 2015 in Saratoga Springs. 

EWH is a non-profit organization, founded in 2001, that collaborates with students to improve healthcare in developing countries. EWH works to harness the resources of collegiate engineering programs through a network of university-based chapters nationally and throughout New York State. Benison and other EWH students will travel to Tanzania to use or repair medical products in the field, at a hospital or at a clinic. The scholarship is a matching grant of $3,750 from MedTech members, which helps to cover the cost of travel and lodging. 

“We are excited to offer our first Engineering World Health scholarship,”said Jessica Crawford, MedTech president. “It is a true honor to give back to the Bio/Med community and assist in the development of future industry leaders. This funding will allow for Lisa to continue her studies abroad and help to advance healthcare in a developing country.” 

Benison is completing her Master's Degree program in the Center for Medical Technology and Innovation at the University of Rochester. She is currently working on her masters project of designing a pressure regulated external drainage system for patients that suffer from neurological diseases. Benison has worked on other team design projects such as creating a puncture proof retractable device to benefit surgeons. Benison received her undergraduate degree from Binghamton University and is originally from Valley Stream, N.Y. She has created a gofundme account to help cover tuition and additional costs associated with the EWH Institute. 

“I believe this experience provides an excellent opportunity to directly apply the engineering knowledge and skills taught to me as an undergrad and in graduate school,”said Benison. “I really want to go out and help people and am so thankful that this scholarship can help support that.”

The scholarship will be presented to Benison at MedTech’s Annual Members’ Dinner on June 4, 2015 in Saratoga Springs. The dinner is precluded by a golf tournament and Taste of Saratoga Tour and celebrates the success of MedTech and its members over the past year and will feature Dr. Alain E. Kaloyeros, founding president and chief executive officer of SUNY Polytechnic Institute as the keynote speaker. Registration closes for MedTech’s Annual Members’ Dinner on May 29. More information can be found at www.medtech.org/events.  

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