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Explore the World and Save Lives


Engineering World Health (EWH) is an organization at VCU established to improve health care issues in developing countries. EWH provides the opportunity for students and members to partake in projects designed to tackle alarming medical issues while perfecting individual skill sets. Students and members can gain knowledge and experience with industrial design, social entrepreneurship, business planning, global ethics, etc. In order to accomplish these particular goals, EWH consists of several parts dealing with engineering design competitions and trips abroad.

Meet the team

Matthew Schneck

Matt is a 4th year biomedical engineer with aspirations to become a trauma surgeon. He is an Eagle Scout that loves the outdoors. When he is not working or studying, you can find him mountain biking.

Megan Lavery

Megan is a senior biomedical engineer at VCU. She has traveled all over the world with EWH and loves to make a difference in the world around her. After graduation, Megan plans to continue her efforts of global healthcare aid.

Alex Kniffin

Alex is a 4th year biomedical engineering student with a passion for making a difference. After graduation, Alex plans to continue working at Dalgrhen Naval Surface Warfare Center. In his spare time, Alex enjoys watching his favorite hockey team, the Washington Capitals.

Nilan Vaghjiani

Vice President
I am from Los Angeles, California, and I love everything outdoors. From shredding fresh powder on the rocky mountains to surfing on San Diego beaches, if the activity has a board, I am on it. I plan to attend Medical School and pursue a career in trauma surgery.

Patrick Link

Graduate Student Advisor
Patrick is a Ph.D. student in Dr. Rebecca Heise’s Pulmonary Tissue Engineering Laboratory. His research interests lie primarily in nanoparticle drug delivery and regenerative medicine.

Dr. Russ Jamison

Faculty Advisor

Dr. Chris Lemmon

Faculty Advisor
Christopher Lemmon, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering. He holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Lehigh University, an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin, and a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University. Prior to joining VCU in 2012, Dr. Lemmon was a post-doctoral fellow at Duke University Medical Center. Dr. Lemmon’s research focuses on the mechanical interactions between cells and their surrounding extracellular matrix. His lab studies how cell forces modulate the extracellular matrix, and how the mechanics of the extracellular matrix in turn regulate the contractile properties of cells. His work is funded by the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation

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