Chaired by College of Engineering Dean Shiyi Chen, the Wallace Coulter Foundation report meeting was held on March 31 at Peking University.
Professor Renqiu Shi, chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering, reported the recent growth in BME to Sue Van, president of the Wallace Coulter Foundation, and Vice President Elias Caro.
The Wallace Coulter Foundation was established by Wallace Henry Coulter, an engineer, inventor, entrepreneur and visionary, to fund translational research in biomedical engineering and ultimately to improve health care and make these improvements available and affordable to everyone.
In 2007, the foundation set up a challenge grant of up to 2.5 million USD for the BME department to match any fund that the college raises from society. These funds have significantly benefited the department as a whole and the individual students and professors as well.
The Coulter Foundation already funds a joint program between Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia (USA). During his lifetime, Coulter found himself fascinated with Chinese history, art and culture. His foundation is also currently funding the PKU-GT-Emory BME joint Ph.D. program.
First year Ph.D. candidate Menghui Li, who is part of the joint Ph.D. program, said, “Enrolled in this program, we are offered a unique means to learn and work in a global economy and in global health settings. We will spend at least one year taking classes and participating in [research] in our co-advisor's labs in Atlanta, America, which [will] be an eye-opening experience and very good preparation for our future careers.”
Wallace Coulter Foundation grant recipient Ying Luo, associate professor of the BME department, who is undertaking close collaborative research with GT experts, concurred.
“Thanks to the innovative structure and content of the PKU-GT-Emory tied university alliance, we are able to receive a growing number of applications from top students from the best universities in China. It’s also a great way for U.S. students to come here to get exposed to the frontier research program in China and to see how their Chinese counterparts work here in this country,” Luo said.