Gannon University Receives Award At Regional Engineering Conference
Posted: May 25, 2016
A poster presented by a Gannon University student won second
place at the Northeastern Biomedical Engineering Conference at the
State University of New York at Binghamton in April.
The poster, "Antibiotic Elution from a Porous Rod: A Proposed
Qualitative Method," was presented by sophomore biomedical
engineering major Adam Mihalko. The poster describes the mechanism
behind the Bio-Conduit, a bone fixation system made of a porous
metal that can deliver antibiotics directly into the affected
The idea won the $2,000 Grand Prize at last year's Erie
Innovation Showcase. Mihalko attended the conference with funding
from a Duratz Undergraduate Student Research Grant.
Four first-year students, Stacy Joseph, Rebecca Red Horse,
Olivia Rose and Garrett Sutton also attended the conference.
Joseph, Red Horse and Rose presented a poster on the effect of
anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction on knee joint force.
Senior Lindsay Moir contributed to that poster, which was
supervised by Anne Schmitz, Ph.D., assistant professor of
"Through opportunities like these conferences, we expose our
students to various fields like prosthetics and medical devices,"
said Davide Piovesan, Ph.D., director of the biomedical engineering
program. "These experiences are a unique feature of Gannon
University. We have the possibility to nurture the passion of our
students for research, starting since their freshmen year."
Piovesan added that such conferences also provide an opportunity
for students to publish their work, which sets their graduate
school or job application apart. Ninety-one percent of Gannon
graduates obtain a job in their discipline, compared to the
national average of 68 percent.