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Alyssa K. Rollando

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Alyssa Rollando is a 2014-2018 Self Graduate Fellow in BioEngineering.  She received a M.S. (2016) and Ph.D. (2018) in BioEngineering with a focus on Biomedical Product Design and Development and a Certificate of Entrepreneurship at the University of Kansas. She received a B.S. (2014) in Biomedical Engineering from Bucknell University, Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.  As an undergraduate, Rollando was a member of the women’s swim team, a sister of Kappa Alpha Theta, a Student Board Member of the Bucknell Engineering Alumni Association, and President of the Biomedical Engineering Society.  Rollando participated in biomechanics research at Barrow Neurological Institute and completed an internship through Bucknell University and Geisinger Medical Center developing a surgical simulator.  Rollando continues to pursue her interest in developing medical devices while exploring facets of entrepreneurship.  Her dissertation is titled, “An Experiment in Design: Pivoting a Fistula Occlusion Device to Alternative Applications”. While at KU she analyzed patient data to inform product specifications for a fistula occlusion device, explored electromagnetic glue formulations, and evaluated hollow solenoid-based catheters to be used for metallic foreign body removal, targeted drug delivery and tumor hyperthermia. After graduation she hopes to begin a career that bridges regulatory, quality and engineering for medical devices.

Mentor: Sara E. Wilson, Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering and Stephen Waller, Associate Professor, Internal Medicine,Infectious Diseases, KUMC


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