AAMI Foundation Names Six Scholarship Recipients

By: Erin Clancy

March 17, 2021

A young woman holding a letter smiles with joy.

Six high school and college students have been awarded a scholarship from the AAMI Foundation to pursue a career in healthcare technology management (HTM). Five students will receive a $3,000 scholarship through the AAMI Foundation’s Michael J. Miller Scholarship Program, which was created in 2009 in honor of AAMI’s first president.

In the last 11 years, the Miller scholarship program has awarded a total of $147,000 to 51 students. Steve Campbell, executive director of the AAMI Foundation, urged the students to view the scholarships as more than financial support.

“The scholarship is more than just the $3,000 award. The AAMI team and membership are also behind the winners in a big way,” he said. “While AAMI is an international organization, we still have a relatively small staff, and we want to work closely with the winners to enable their present and future success.”

This year’s scholarship winners include:

  • Emily Borges, who is pursuing a master’s degree in clinical engineering from the University of Connecticut in Storrs, CT.
  • Udit Garg, who is planning to pursue a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA.
  • Kelly Qiu, who is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, GA.
  • Suraj Rajendran, who is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, GA.
  • Eunice Ramos, who is a biomedical equipment technician student at the Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology in Boston, MA.

“The AAMI Foundation Scholarship will supplement my academic and professional goals by providing me with valuable connections around the world,” said Suraj Rajendran, one of this year’s scholarship winners. “By receiving the AAMI Foundation Scholarship, I feel as though I'm one step closer to making a real progressive impact on the world."

In addition to the five Miller scholarship recipients, a scholarship is also awarded in partnership with the Health Systems Engineering Alliance to help support the adoption of a systems approach to healthcare technology. This award, called the AAMI-Health Systems Engineering Alliance (HSEA) Engineering Scholarship, aims to encourage upper-level undergraduate and graduate students to enter the profession of health systems engineering and to foster excellence in the field.

This year’s winner of the HSEA Scholarship is Alessandra Yoldas, who is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, GA.

“This scholarship program wouldn’t be possible without the incredible support that we’ve received from our individual and corporate supporters,” said Campbell. “Yes, you hear those words like that a lot in articles like this, but it’s true. It just wouldn’t happen without that support.”

Alessandra Yoldas

Photo portrait of Alessandra Yoldas

Yoldas is currently serving as an intern with the biotech startup Motus Nova. She is passionate about giving back to her community through medical service.

“I am truly honored to be receiving this opportunity not only for myself but for my family and future. I am standing on the shoulders of giants–my parents, teachers, and friends–who have supported me and guided me to become the person I am today,” she said. “This will help accelerate my path towards working on the front line of medical research and technology as we continue to bridge the gap between healthcare and robotics.”


Meet the 2021 Michael J. Miller scholarship winners:

Emily Borges

Photo portrait of Emily Borges.

Borges is currently serving as an intern in the clinical engineering department at Yale New Haven Health. She is interested in establishing an alternative equipment maintenance (AEM) program for her department that will work to improve patient safety.

"I am very grateful to have been awarded the Michael J. Miller scholarship from the AAMI Foundation and to join such a welcoming community as I begin my career in HTM,” she said. “I look up to the leaders in the HTM field and hope to follow in their footsteps and continue to make a positive impact on patient health and safety. I'm looking forward to an exciting future in healthcare!”

Udit Garg

Photo portait of Udit Garg 

Garg is a soon-to-be high school graduate who aspires to create technology that helps those in need. He has created two mobile applications, BACDrive and SMRS, which illustrate his interest in bridging the gap between technology and medicine.

"I chose biomedical engineering to solve medical problems no matter the condition and no matter the person,” he said.

Kelly Qiu

Photo portrait of Kelly Qiu

Qiu has a passion for biomedical innovation and conducting research that improves the lives of patients. With her work, she aims to enhance medical device technologies by using computing to improve diagnostics, care, and treatment within the healthcare industry.

“I am honored to be a recipient of the Michael J. Miller Scholarship and be supported by the AAMI organization,” said Qiu. “This award provides an incredible opportunity to be part of the AAMI network of professionals working in the healthcare technology and medical device fields. As a biomedical engineering student, I aim to innovate to improve patient outcomes and make a difference in medical technologies, and I am grateful for the support and network AAMI has provided.”

Suraj Rajendran

Photo portrait of  Suraj Rajendrum

Rajendran is interested in bringing together his passions for the biomedical sciences and computing technology for a future career in HTM. He plans to pursue a PhD in Bioinformatics with the eventual goal of working within the healthcare industry as a research scientist.

Eunice Ramos

Photo portrait of Eunice Ramos

After spending 17 years as a childcare provider, Ramos decided that she needed a challenge and went back to school. Over a period of five months, she obtained her GED and enrolled in the Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology.

Ramos is interested in improving patients’ wellbeing with technology that will allow them to better manage their health.

"This scholarship will allow me to continue with my education as a Biomedical Equipment Technician, a career path I feel passionate about," she said. "I'm grateful to the AAMI Foundation for granting me this scholarship and I'm looking forward to having the opportunity to contribute to this beautiful industry in the near future."

The AAMI and AAMI Foundation awards winners have also been announced!
Find out who won through AAMI News.