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TEDxHouston - Dr. Rebecca Richards-Kortum & Dr. Maria Oden

Dr. Rebecca Richards-Kortum is the Stanley C. Moore Professor of Bioengineering at Rice University. She is the Founder and Director of Rice 360°:Institute for Global Health Technologies, whose mission is to work in partnership with communities throughout the world to design and implement low-cost, high-performance technologies that prevent disease, improve health, and reduce poverty. Since 2006, 333 students in Rice 360°'s Beyond Traditional Borders initiative (BTB) have designed 40 new technologies and educational programs. These designs have been implemented in 14 countries around the world, benefiting 19,000 people. She is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a Fellow of the Biomedical Engineering Society and was recently inducted into the National Academy of Engineering. Dr. Maria Oden is a Professor in the Practice of Bioengineering Education in the Department of Bioengineering at Rice University. She has over 15 years of combined academic, research, clinical experience in biomedical engineering with an emphasis in orthopaedic bioemechanics and computational modeling. Maria is also the director of Rice's Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen where she orchestrates engineering education initiatives that provide students from multiple departments in the George R. Brown School of Engineering, Wiess School of Natural Sciences, and the School of Humanities with unique hands-on design experience and opportunities to test and carry ideas to their intended point of application. Oden has inspired hundreds of students to work in design teams for completing in real world engineering design challenges. About TEDx, x = independently organized event In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)
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