Graduate Student Awarded Prize at HENAAC Conference

October 8, 2011

Jose Martin SosaJose Martin Sosa, a BME graduate student, was awarded an $800 cash prize in the Graduate Level Math/Science Technical category for a poster presentation at the 2011 The Hispanic Engineers National Achievement Awards Corporation (HENAAC) Conference. Sosa, a student in Dr. Sergey Shevkoplyas' lab, was first author of "The relationship between measures of RBC deformability and their ability to perfuse an artificial microvascular network."

For the past 22 years HENAAC has been honoring the nation's best and brightest engineers, scientists and technology experts who happen to be Hispanic. A core mission of HENAAC is to highlight and showcase outstanding role models to inspire young people to pursue careers in technology and to motivate professionals to continue to connect with the Hispanic community. The conference was powered by the Great Minds in STEM organization whose mission is to be a national leader in keeping America technologically strong by promoting Science, Technology, Engineering and Math careers especially in underserved communities. In 2013 and 2014 The HENAAC Conference will be sponsored by Tulane University and UNO and held in New Orleans.

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Sosa, who came to Tulane as a freshman from Carson City, Nevada, plans on a career in the medical device industry after earning his Master's degree. His conference travel was funded by the LAMP (Louisiana Alliance for Minority Participation) program of the CELT (Center for Engaged Learning and Teaching) at Tulane.

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