2018 Scholarship Winners

  • Montana Rae Delk, who is studying healthcare engineering technology management at Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis in Indiana.
  • Benjamin Hebel, who is studying biomedical engineering technology at Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City.
  • Alexis Henry, who is earning a master’s degree in biomedical/clinical engineer at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, CT.
  • Bradley Klauss, who is studying biomedical equipment technology at Penn State University.
  • Christopher Moreau, who is earning a master’s degree in engineering/healthcare engineering at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX.
  • Baily Williams, who is studying biomedical electronics at Western Technical College in La Crosse, WI.

In 2017, the AAMI Foundation established an annual scholarship in partnership with the Health Systems Engineering Alliance to help support the adoption of a systems approach to healthcare technology. The recipient of this year’s scholarship is:

  • Kahkashan Afrin, who is studying industrial and systems engineering at Texas A&M University in College Station, TX.

Spotlight on Victor Makwinja, 2016 Scholarship Recipient

What is your current occupation?

I am currently working as a technical director for Likana Healthcare Technology Consulting in Malawi. This is a firm I founded to respond to the need of well-trained Biomedical Equipment Technologist in my country. I have helped and continue to repair and maintain equipment for hospitals in my country.

Did the AAMI Foundation Scholarship help you in your education? If so, how?

The scholarship helped a lot as that was the only money that I used to pay for my tuition at the University of Cape Town. Again, the scholarship had offered me an opportunity to attend AAMI annual conference in Tampa Florida.

Aside from the scholarship funds, did getting the scholarship award have any additional meaning to you?

The fact that I was the first non-USA citizen to be given that scholarship will remain the source of joy and pride the rest of my life.

Would you urge students to consider a career in healthcare technology management? If so, why?

I have already done so to my nephew to do Biomedical Engineering. And he is doing that course at the university and so far so good. I will continue to encourage others to take a step into HTM.

If you are employed in healthcare technology management (HTM), what fires you up your career? Why do you like about the career?

Its one way I can contribute to the improvement of health service delivery by ensuring that technology is being used cost-effectively and safely.

Is there a moment in your career when you said to yourself “wow, I’m glad I picked HTM?” What was that moment?

Oooh yeah! That was when I was approached by a nurse from one of the district hospitals in my country, to assist in repairing infant warmers, incubators and oxygen concentrators belonging to the maternity ward. These pieces of equipment had been nonfictional for over five years. I finally got most of them back to working status. And the few are just waiting for spares which when I get them I will finish the repair work. I did this work free of any charge. What motivated me was the fact that these pieces of equipment are now helping infants who would have otherwise been lost due to lack of equipment to help with conditions.

Is there anything else you want to add?

One of the challenge facing the field of HTM like in my case is lack of tools that I can use to service the various equipment that are available. Tools used to calibrate various equipment in order to meet the manufacturer requirements are not available. And if it were possible to get donations of such it would help a great deal to do my work.

Spotlight on Alexis Henry, 2018 Scholarship Recipient

Alexis Henry, 2018 Recipient, Clinical Engineer at Massachusetts General Hospital

Did the AAMI Foundation Scholarship help you in your education?

I received the AAMI scholarship the second year of my Master’s Program at the University of Connecticut.  The scholarship definitely helped me financially- living on a stipend isn’t always easy, especially as I was planning to relocate to Boston for my first job.  It really helped me to become settled in Boston prior to starting my career.

Aside from the scholarship funds, did getting the scholarship award have any additional meaning to you?

The scholarship motivated me.  I knew I wanted to stay in the HTM field.  I was honored to be awarded the scholarship amongst a very talented group of people.

Would you urge students to consider a career in healthcare technology management?

Yes.  I love being in HTM management because it is very rewarding.  I am able to see how my work improves patient safety and healthcare.  Additionally, it is always evolving and improving.  I am able to work with state-of-the-art equipment, as well as ancient equipment, and it is so cool to use my biomedical engineering skills to make both as effective as possible.

Is there a moment in your career when you said to yourself “wow, I’m glad I picked HTM?” What was that moment?

Honestly, every day!  There is always a project or goal at hand and working with so many people from different areas with the same goal makes me enjoy going to work every day.

Questions, comments or something to add?