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Alumna Spotlight: Jocelyn Brown

Perfecting senior design project to save lives

Jocelyn Brown, ’10, a program associate at Rice 360˚: Institute for Global Health, appeared via video at a White House event, “Innovations in Global Health,” on Feb. 8.

Brown was invited to attend but was in Malawi in sub-Saharan Africa on behalf of Rice 360˚.  The video shown at the White House can be seen below.

Brown was one of several representatives of academic institutions whose efforts on behalf of global health issues were highlighted. She discusses her work on the groundbreaking bubble Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (bCPAP) device, which supports infants whose respiratory systems are compromised.

She was part of a Rice bioengineering team that developed the bCPAP device as its senior capstone design project last year. The device was selected for funding by the Saving Lives at Birth Grand Challenge last July.

Brown graduated from Rice with a B.S. in bioengineering.

Rice 360˚ Director Rebecca Richards-Kortum, the Stanley C. Moore Professor of Bioengineering, attended the White House event.
 
Rajiv Shah, administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development; Gayle Smith, special assistant to the president and senior director of the National Security Council; and Tom Kalil, deputy director for policy at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and senior advisor for science, technology, and innovation to the National Economic Council, spoke and took questions from the public via Facebook and Twitter.

Read more about the bCPAP project from its infant days