Renuka Parlapalli, BITSian of 2001 batch (Electronics & Instrumentation) received the “Outstanding Biomedical Engineering Student” award from Dean, College of Engineering, University of Texas, Arlington. Students from both Master's and PhD compete for this award. Renuka was chosen among 120 potential applicants this year.
Her interest in applying electronics to the human body triggered through the medical instrumentation course in BITS Pilani. She later worked on medical imaging space, simulating the circulatory system and imaging with nano particles. This is what the bio-electronics enthusiast has to say –“I believe having a wide range of electives to choose from in BITS curriculum in addition to the opportunity of being able to work with people in different disciplines - Electronics and Biology helped me in integrating ideas and seeing practical applicability of electronics to medicine.”
Her stint at Johns Hopkins University further propelled her interest in this domain. She currently works for Texas Instruments as a Systems and Applications Engineer trying to come up with programmable DSP solutions for various medical Imaging modalities.