Saving lives through interdisciplinary research

Nicholas Saulnier ’15, ’16 always hoped to solve problems and help people as an electrical engineer. What the recent SMU graduate hadn’t anticipated was making a real difference as a student. Saulnier was one of several SMU engineering students working on an interdisciplinary research team that developed a mobile platform and algorithms to automate the process of diagnosing cervical cancer. In remote regions of the globe where physicians are in short supply, the technology allows many more women to be screened – and treated – for cervical cancer. Faculty advisor Dinesh Rajan conceived the project in 2014 during a research meeting with Eric G. Bing, director of the SMU Center for Global Health Impact.


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