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Outstanding MIT Graduate Student

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The Management of International Technology program has selected Nishant Gurung as its Outstanding Graduate Student for 2013-2014. Program director Marvine Hammer lauds not only Nishant’s exemplary academic achievements — including the highest GPA in the program — but his compassion and integrity as well.

“Nishant continuously engages in community service, helping others with caring and dignity, here and in Nepal, his home country. He is dedicated to improving conditions there. Further, he is engaged with his Graduate School classmates and the program at large, giving time to others even when others might take that time to concentrate only on themselves.”

Winner in National microMedic Contest

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Rattanaphan Boonbutra , a December 2013 graduate of Hood’s master’s in computer science program, has won a prize in the 2013 National microMedic Contest. Ms. Boonbutra’s Mobile Doctor-In-A-Box (mDocInABox) project was a Specialist Rank Winner in the Education Division category, which came with a $500 hardware prize.

The contest challenged entrants to use microcontroller and sensor systems to create medical applications and products for possible use in the healthcare industry, medical simulation training, and the battlefield. Ms. Boonbutra’s project focused on the re-purposing of a microcontroller board, typically used in robotics applications, to develop a small, portable, mobile health and biometric sensor platform and application. Her faculty advisor for the project was George Dimitoglou, Ph.D., associate professor of computer science.

The national contest was hosted and sponsored by the U.S. Army Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC), Carnegie Mellon Entertainment Technology Center, and Parallax Inc. Ms. Boonbutra holds a B.S. in Engineering from Assumption University, Thailand.