AAMI News June 2018
Scholarships Give Students' Aspirations a Boost
The AAMI Foundation has awarded seven aspiring healthcare technology professionals $3,000 each to put toward their education. Since the program’s inception in 2009, the Foundation has awarded scholarships to more than 20 deserving students who excel academically and seek to improve the lives of patients through healthcare technology. This year’s winners are no different.
Montana Rae Delk
Kahkashan Afrin, 25, has always wanted a career that would improve people’s lives and saw healthcare as “one the most critical aspects of life that can be significantly improved by better engineering.” That is what led her to pursue a PhD in industrial and systems engineering at Texas A&M University in College Station, TX, after earning an undergraduate degree in electronics and communication engineering.
“I started my PhD journey with an aim to make a difference through my research,” Afrin said. “I am deeply appreciative of AAMI and the Healthcare Systems Engineering Alliance for their efforts to recognize and help passionate students build a career in healthcare systems. This scholarship has definitely lightened my financial burdens, but more than the monetary rewards, it has provided me with an extra boost to move forward in my career with greater confidence.”
Montana Rae Delk
Montana Rae Delk, 23, is just onesemester away from graduating with a bachelor’s degree in healthcare engineering technology management from Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis, but her funds were running low. So, she sent off her AAMI Foundation scholarship application “on a hope and a dream.”
“I honestly didn’t expect to earn the scholarship, but I am so grateful for the opportunity that it grants me,” Delk said. “I will no longer have to worry about the financial burden of having to pay for school, so I can focus all my attention on my last few classes—such a huge stress relief!”
Delk has already accepted a job with Universal Hospital Services as a field service representative. However, this will just be her civilian job. In December, Delk will be commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army where she hopes to ultimately be able to fly helicopters.
Benjamin Hebel, 33, started his career in automotive service technology, but after eight years of ups and downs, he wanted a change. When his wife came home talking about a person she worked with who repaired echocardiography equipment, he knew exactly what program he wanted to enroll in at Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City—biomedical engineering technology.
“I want to get my CRES credential and work on radiography/imaging equipment,” Hebel said. “I have family members for whom this equipment has played a critical role in saving their lives. I would like to make sure it is working correctly every time a patient needs it.”
Hebel is grateful for the opportunities receiving an AAMI Foundation scholarship will afford him and for the people who make these scholarships possible. “I feel blessed knowing that people work so hard to make these opportunities happen for others,” he said. “To anyone who donates: I thank you, and I will not let you down.”
Alexis Henry, 24, learned she won an AAMI Foundation scholarship just as she was finishing up her master’s degree in biomedical/clinical engineering at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, CT, and was excited for the help transitioning from a student to a full-time employee.
“The scholarship will help me jump-start my career,” Henry said. “Job searching and relocating can be costly, and this scholarship will help me settle into a new place and job. It will also help me network throughout the field and within AAMI.”
In the future, Henry hopes to become the director of a hospital or health system.
With a wife and a young son to help support, Brad Klauss, 34, was apprehensive about quitting his job this summer to do a full-time internship, a requirement of the biomedical equipment technology (BET) program at Penn State University in State College, PA.
“Finding out I received this scholarship lifted a huge weight off my shoulders, as my wife has been working a lot of overtime in preparation for me leaving my job,” Klauss said. “With the AAMI Foundation scholarship, I know that I will still able to help provide for them while I complete the BET program and move into a new career.”
Klauss is interested in the information technology (IT) side of medical device integration and hopes to one day work as “a go-between for the biomedical and IT departments.”
Chris Moreau, 40, has been in the healthcare technology management field since 1996 but only recently enrolled in a master’s degree program in healthcare engineering at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX.
With a son who is also in college, Moreau has only been able to take one class per semester for financial reasons. He is hoping that receiving an AAMI Foundation scholarship will help him finish his degree faster, putting him on the path to achieving his long-term career goal of working for a federal agency or a nationally recognized testing laboratory. “It means so much to have additional resources to further my education, which will help me become a better engineer capable of providing more meaningful contributions to healthcare,” Moreau said.
Baily Williams, 21, is studying biomedical electronics at Western Technical College in La Crosse, WI, in the hopes of one day working in the imaging field. He applied for an AAMI Foundation scholarship because it would have a “huge impact” on his financial ability to finish school.
“The scholarship will help pay for the majority of my tuition for the 2018–2019 school year,” Williams said. “Winning this scholarship is also a huge honor because AAMI plays such a huge role in the biomedical field as well as others. I’m super thankful that I was chosen.”
More information about the AAMI Foundation Scholarship Program is available at www.aami.org/scholarship.
Thank You to These Generous Donors
AAMI is grateful for the support of all the companies, groups, and individuals who have contributed to the AAMI Foundation Scholarship Program since January 2018. The amounts listed reflect contributions made by these donors since the program was created in 2009.
|CHAIRMAN’S CIRCLE ($10,000 or more)
Sodexo Clinical Technology Management
Donald Armstrong, CBET, CHTM
CEAVCO Audio Visual
Eamonn V. Hoxey, PhD, E V Hoxey Ltd.
Integrity Biomedical Services
Kailash S. Purohit, PhD, Process Tek
Sue Schade, MBA, StarBridge Advisors
Ampronix Medical Imaging Technology
HIGHPOWER Validation Testing & Lab Services, Inc.
Long Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau
Medical Systems Technologies, LLC
Gerry A. O’Dell, MS, Gerry O’Dell Consulting
Malcolm G. Ridgway, PhD
W. Kirk Goebel, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Hector Montes, Biomédica De Baja California
Curtis L. Sponberg, Medtronic Rice Creek Campus
David A. Stiles, CBET, Long Beach Memorial Medical Center
Robert B. Strother Jr., NDI Medical, LLC
FRIENDS (UP TO $100)
Miriam Colon, Center for Drug Evaluation
Ismael T. Cordero, Guardian Health Systems
Joanna Harris, CRST, Houston Hospital Services, Inc.
James A. Flanders, U.S. Army
Nazrul Islam, Hansen Medical, Inc.
Michael Wayne Jackson Jr., Children’s Health
Sudhakar Nagavalli, MS, SunagMED, LLC
Brian Newton, Parametrik, LLC
Renee-Candace Privette, Cape Fear Valley Medical Center
Thapelo Sebikiri, Lenmed Health Bokamoso Private Hospital
Chi Wah Tai, CHTM
Pamela Youde, Nethersole Eastern Hospital
Jose Zambrano, Kaiser Permanente