Master theses of AGH UST students of biomedical engineering best in Poland

Students of the AGH University of Science and Technology in Krakow have won the 5th edition of the competition for the best master thesis of 2011, organised by the Polish Association of Biomedical Engineering. The results were announced at the end of April 2012.

The first prize and 3,000 PLN were awarded to Małgorzata Włodarczyk-Biegun, MSc, of the AGH UST Multidisciplinary School of Engineering in Biomedicine for the thesis "New generation hydrogel biomaterials for the treatment of bone tissue losses" (Polish: Nowej generacji biomateriały hydrożelowe do leczenia ubytków tkanki kostnej).

The second prize was awarded to Tomasz Karaś, MSc, and Robert Kos, MSc, of the AGH UST Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Automatics, Computer Science and Electronics for the thesis "Optical sensors as the basis for controlling household appliances by people with disabilities" (Polish: Czujniki optyczne jako podstawa systemu sterowani urządzeniami domowymi przez osoby niepełnosprawne).

A distinction was also awarded to Wojciech Tekieli, MSc, and Przemysław Kowalski, MSc, of the Multidisciplinary School of Engineering in Biomedicine for the thesis on a system determining the type of damage of knee joint on the basis of computer-assisted tomography.

The competition of the Polish Association of Biomedical Engineering has been organised for five years, and one of its aims is the popularisation of biomedical engineering in Poland, as well as encouraging students to undertake topics connected with this discipline within the framework of their master thesis. Theses submitted to the competition concern various areas of biomedical engineering, for example, biomeasurements, biomechanics, biomaterials, biocybernetics, and other related disciplines. One of the main criteria taken into account by the competition jury is a possibility of the application of the solutions presented by students in medicine.