As in past years, a Student Paper Competition was held at the 2017 Summer Biomechanics, Bioengineering, and Biotransport Conference (SB3C). There are three competition levels: Ph.D., M.S., and B.S. The competition is divided into multiple technical areas to provide for a fair evaluation of student work. There were also cash awards for the top three student papers in each area. We are pleased to recognize the following awardees from the 2017 SB3C.

B.S. Competition Winners

Human Dynamics and Injury, Devices, and Imaging

First Place: Rachel E. Mickelson, Washington University in St. Louis, “Design and Characterization of a Helmholtz Resonator for Brain Magnetic Resonance Elastography.”

Second Place: Philip E. Crompton, Pennsylvania State University, “Experimental Motion Tracking of the Membrane in the Penn State Pediatric Ventricular Assist Device.”

Third Place: Erin Louwagie, University of Minnesota, “A Clinical Study: Thermal Contrast Amplification Reader Improves the Detection of Strep Throat for Lateral Flow Assays.”

Fluids and Microfluidics, Cellular and Tissue Mechanics, Physiology and Diseases

First Place: Ellen T. Bloom, University of Minnesota, “Steady-State Characterization of the Mechanical Properties of the Pacinian Corpuscle.”

Second Place: Derek Q. Nesbitt, Boise State University, “The Effect of Fiber Orientation of Failure Patterns in the Bovine Meniscus.”

Third Place: Madison E. Krentz, Boise State University, “Using ASTM Standards to Reduce Clampsite Failures in Tensile Tests of Soft Fibrous Tissue.”

M.S. Competition Winners

Physiology and Diseases, Cellular and Tissue Mechanics, Devices

First Place: Tonia Tsinman, University of Pennsylvania, “Local Discontinuities in Aligned Fibrous Networks Attenuate Tissue-to-Nuclear Strain Transmission.”

Second Place: Keisuke Nishimoto, Osaka University, “Mechanical Analysis of Heterogeneous Pulmonary Acinus Structure Using Image-Based and Mathematical Models.”

Third Place: Shalin Parikh, University of Texas, San Antonio, “Geometric Modeling of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms Under Surveillance: A Retrospective Study.”

Third Place: Ullhas U. Hebbar, University of Cincinnati, “Clinical Outcomes in Microvascular Disease Patient-Subgroup With Epicardial Stenosis: A Pilot Study to Assess a Newly Developed Pressure-Flow Diagnostic Endpoint.”

Dynamics and Injury, Fluids and Microfluidics, Biotransport and Heat Transfer

First Place: Michael Bradney, Purdue University, “Cancer Associated Fibroblast-Induced Spatiotemporal Contraction in Pancreatic Ductal Adenocarcinoma.”

Second Place: Karina M. Lugo-Cintrón, University of Wisconsin-Madison, “Extracellular Matrix Composition Modulates the Migratory Response of Breast Cancer Cells in a 3D Microfluidic Culture.”

Third Place: Julian Rey, University of Florida, “Network Model of Extracellular Fluid Flow Through Rat Cerebral Cortex Parenchyma and Perivascular Spaces.”

Ph.D. Competition Winners

Imaging, Biofluid Mechanics, and Biotransport

First Place: Surendra Devarakonda, University of Cincinnati, “Enhanced Hyperthermia due to Gold Nano-particles During MR-Guided High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) Ablation Procedures.”

Second Place: Mohammadreza Khani, University of Idaho, “CFD Model < MRI Measurement of Intrathecal Cerebrospinal Fluid Dynamics in a Cynomolgus Monkey.”

Third Place: Harishankar Natesan, University of Minnesota, “An Improved Micro-Thermal Sensor for Planning and Guidance of Pulmonary Vein Cryotherapy.”

Tissue Mechanics and Characterization

First Place: Brandon Zimmerman, Columbia University, “A Finite Element Algorithm for Large Deformation Frictional Contact of Biphasic Materials With Application to Contact of Articular Cartilage in Diarthrodial Joints.”

Second Place: Stephen Schwaner, Georgia Tech, “Influence of Optic Nerve Head Material Properties on Rat Optic Nerve Strains Due to Elevated Intraocular Pressure.”

Third Place: Annette Caenen, Ghent University, “Shear Wave Elastography for Assessing Myocardial Material Properties: An In Vitro, Ex Vivo and In Silico Study.”

Cellular Mechanics and Mechanobiology

First Place: Zaw Win, University of Minnesota, “Anisotropic Hysteresis in Vascular Smooth Muscle Cells.”

Second Place: Brian Graham, University of Delaware, “Insights Into Tribological Rehydration of Articular Cartilage Via Analysis of Solute Transport In Situ.”

Third Place: Milos Spasic, Columbia University, “Targeting Primary Cilia-Mediated Mechanotransduction to Enhance Whole Bone Adaptation.”

Diseases, Injury, and Remodeling

First Place: Matthew Converse, University of Utah, “Arterial Damage Model Based on Empirical Stretch Thresholds of Collagen Unfolding and Tissue Yielding.”

Second Place: Mengxi Lv, University of Delaware, “Statin Attenuates the Inflammatory Damage on Cartilage by Inhibiting Rho Activity in Chondrocytes.”

Third Place: Babak Safa, University of Delaware, “Modeling Tendon Viscoelasticity, Plasticity, and Damage Using Reactive Inelasticity.”

Extracellular Matrix Biomechanics

First Place: Shannen Kizilski, University of Minnesota, “Modeling the Effect of Spatially-Dependent ECM Fiber Deposition on Cell Tensional Homeostasis.”

Second Place: Emily Bermel, University of Minnesota, “Shear Characterization of the Lumbar Facet Capsular Ligament.”

Third Place: Xunjie Yu, Boston University, “Micromechanics of Elastic Lamellae in Mouse Carotid Artery.”

Biomaterials and Material–Cellular Interaction

First Place: Rukmani Sridharan, Royal College of Surgeons, “Substrate Stiffness Dictates Macrophage Polarization and Their Cross-Talk With Mesenchymal Stem Cells: Implications For Biomaterial Design.”

Second Place: Stephen Linderman, Washington University in St. Louis, “Adhesive Films for Enhanced Tendon-to-Bone Repair.”

Third Place: Eoin McEvoy, National University of Ireland Galway, “A Thermodynamic Statistical Mechanics Model to Investigate the Influence of Ligand Density and Substrate Stiffness on Cell Spreading.”