9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.Believe in Ohio

The Believe in Ohio Program - What it is and how you and your students can participate

Mr. John Klipfell, Executive Director - Entrepreneurial Engagement Ohio, Co-Director - Believe in Ohio Program

  • FREE new program from The Ohio Board of Regents and The Ohio Academy of Science designed to help prepare Ohio high school students

  • Helps address the OTES challenge and provides training, program support grants, professional development for teachers

  • Students will compete for nearly $2 million in awards and scholarships

  • Supports a real-world student mentor program

This workshop is appropriate for teachers in grades 6-12.

10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.Heart

A Taste of Biomedical Engineering: Cardiac Tissue Engineering

Dr. Christie Zhang, Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering, The University of Akron

Heart disease is the number one killer in the U.S. It accounts for nearly 600,000 deaths in the U.S. per year, or every 1 in 4 deaths. Current medical therapy for heart disease is limited. Cardiac tissue engineering has emerged as a promising cell-based approach, aiming at partial or full replacement of damaged organs with in vitro generated tissue equivalents. An overview of the present state of the art and perspectives of cardiac tissue engineering will be given during the workshop.

This workshop is appropriate for teachers in grades 6-12.

Contact Us

For questions, or more information on the BEST Medicine Engineering Fair, contact:


BEST Medicine Chair:

Brian Davis, Ph.D.  at (330) 972-6977 or bdavis3@uakron.edu