The Semcer Center for Healthcare Innovation presents

Next-Gen Healthcare Innovators Symposium 2024

Two students in discussion during a social event and poster sessions at Stevens Institute of Technology.Friday, September 20, 2024 - 12 pm to 5 pm
University Center Complex, TechFlex Auditorium

Join our interdisciplinary student-run event focusing on innovative healthcare research.

  • Share your research and test your presentation skills via a 5-minute rapid-fire or poster presentation while learning more about your colleagues’ research

  • Listen to inspiring speakers from the healthcare field

  • Pick the brains of professionals who have been there and done that in the healthcare industry and academia

  • Meet and greet your peers and professors at our networking reception to wrap the day

About Us

By the students, for the students.

Next-Gen Healthcare Innovators logoThe Next-Gen Healthcare Innovators Student Symposium aims to foster interdisciplinary collaboration and sharing of preliminary research results among graduate students and postdocs at Stevens, focusing on innovative healthcare research.

Whether you're studying or interested in biomaterials, rehabilitation, medical devices, medical image processing, machine learning for clinical data, or anything else related to healthcare, we want you to be part of this event. 

Our event is primarily targeted at graduate students and postdoctoral researchers, but all Stevens affiliates, faculty and industry professionals are welcome as well.

Our Goals

  • Student using a tablet device in a biology lab.Promote Interdisciplinary Collaboration and Networking: Encourage the integration of diverse fields (such as engineering, biology, computer science, and public health) and promote the formation of multi-disciplinary teams to foster innovative solutions in healthcare.

  • Showcase Preliminary Research: Provide a platform for graduate students and postdocs to present early-stage research, receive feedback, and refine their ideas in a supportive environment.

  • Stimulate Innovative Thinking: Inspire participants to think creatively and apply novel approaches to address current challenges in healthcare.

  • Highlight Technological Integration in Healthcare: Explore the role of emerging technologies such as AI and big data analytics in revolutionizing healthcare practices and improving patient outcomes.

Submit Your Presentations

  • Who can present?
    This event is open to Master's Students, Ph.D. students and postdoctoral researchers
  • What should be presented?
    The focus should be on healthcare innovation, and all research needs to be approved and overseen by an advisor. Research does not need to be complete; preliminary results are acceptable.
  • Choose from two presentation options:
    - 5-minute rapid fire oral presentation
    - Poster presentation only

Submit your Abstract by July 20

The abstract should focus on healthcare innovation and briefly describe the significance, methods, and interpretations of findings with a max of 1 figure. The abstract cannot be more than 1 page in length.


If you are interesting in presenting or attending at the 2024 Next-Gen Healthcare Innovators Student Symposium, please be mindful of these upcoming important dates:

  • June 20: Abstract submissions open

  • July 20: Abstract submissions close

  • August 1: Open registration for Symposium attendees begins

  • August 20: All acceptance notifications for abstracts will be sent before - or on - this date

  • September 5: Attendance registration deadline

  • September 20: 2024 Next-Gen Healthcare Innovators Student Symposium - Day of event


11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.


12:45 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.


Professor Hongjun Wang, Director, Center for Healthcare Innovation

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.


To be announced

2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

PANEL DISCUSSION - What can I do after my Ph.D.?

To be announced

2:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.


3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.


5-minute oral presentation on research

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Faculty Advisors

Helen Lee

Helen Lee

Research Scientist, Semcer Center for Healthcare Innovation

Yu Gan

Yu Gan

Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering

Long Wang (lwang4)

Long Wang

Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering

Organizing Committee

Adarsh Gogineni

Adarsh Gogineni

M.S. Candidate in Machine Learning, Class of 2025

Zahava Hirsch

Zahava Hirsch

Ph.D. Candidate in Biomedical Engineering, Class of 2027

Rana Ibrahim

Rana Ibrahim

Ph.D. Candidate in Biomedical Engineering, Class of 2026

Felicia Spadavecchia

Felicia Spadavecchia

Ph.D. Candidate in Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Class of 2025

Shima Rastgordani

Shima Rastgordani

Ph.D. Candidate in Mechanical Engineering, Class of 2027