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Biomedical engineering student recognized as IEEE's 'New Face of Engineering'
Date:3/17/2009

WASHINGTON (17 March 2009) -- Guruprasad Madhavan is working on neuromuscular stimulation approaches that may help prevent osteoporosis, heart failure and mild cognitive impairment -- all related to low blood pressure.

Madhavan's research is a major reason why he was selected the IEEE/IEEE-USA's 2009 "New Face of Engineering."

"My energy to perform better has multiplied, and so has my responsibility to better communicate engineering," Madhavan said after being selected.

The New Faces of Engineering is sponsored by the National Engineers Week Foundation, a coalition of engineering societies, major corporations and government agencies. The program highlights the vitality, diversity and rich contributions of engineers under 30.

Each engineering society's top choice must hold an engineering degree, be employed as an engineer from two to five years, and have worked with projects that significantly affect public welfare or further professional development and growth.

Madhavan is one of 14 engineers recognized for this international honor. They were featured in a full-page ad that ran in USA Today on 16 February.

Madhavan, 29, is completing his doctoral degree in biomedical engineering at Binghamton University, State University of New York. His research is focused toward non-invasively and non-pharmacologically stimulating the calf muscle pump -- also referred to as the "second heart" -- to enhance circulation.

The contractions of calf muscles help in propelling deoxygenated blood back to the heart against gravity. External stimulation of the lower leg musculature could help enhance venous return and cardiovascular recirculation of oxygen-rich blood.

Madhavan was born in a village in Tamil Nadu, a state in southern India. He became the first person in his family's history to earn an engineering degree when he received his bachelor's (honors with distinction) in instrumentation and contro
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Contact: Chris McManes
c.mcmanes@ieee.org
202-530-8356
IEEE-USA
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