Haleigh Pine, a sophomore majoring in biomedical engineering in the McKelvey School of Engineering, was selected as an Alpha Eta Mu Beta Mentoring for INnovative Design Solutions (MINDS) Scholar. Alpha Eta Mu Beta is the national biomedical engineering honor society.

The MINDS program provides students with the opportunity to collaborate and network with peers and mentors nationwide. This year’s program focused on biomedical engineering design for unmet health care needs. Pine’s group is addressing the problem of child amputees outgrowing prosthetics. The group designed a lower leg attachment that adjusts to the patient's limb. The teams have five months to work on their projects and will present their designs to fellow MINDS scholars and mentors in April.

“I'm very honored to be named a MINDS scholar,” Pine said. “I have appreciated the mentorship throughout our research process as we consider market commercialization, regulatory strategies and intellectual property. I have also learned more about medical device design and how to model prototypes from the more experienced members of our group.”

In addition to her work in the MINDS program, Pine also serves as research coordinator and director of undergraduate fellowships for LFR International, a nonprofit founded by two Washington University students in 2019 that collaborates with limited-resource communities to develop emergency medical services and help train lay first responders. In her role, Pine advises the projects of six WashU fellows as they work on sustainable dispatch systems, stretcher transportation and advanced curriculum for low- and middle-income countries.

Pine is studying for the Medical College Admission Test and plans to gain clinical experience this summer while continuing her work with LFR International. Pine is from Glen Ridge, New Jersey.

The McKelvey School of Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis promotes independent inquiry and education with an emphasis on scientific excellence, innovation and collaboration without boundaries. McKelvey Engineering has top-ranked research and graduate programs across departments, particularly in biomedical engineering, environmental engineering and computing, and has one of the most selective undergraduate programs in the country. With 165 full-time faculty, 1,420 undergraduate students, 1,614 graduate students and 21,000 living alumni, we are working to solve some of society’s greatest challenges; to prepare students to become leaders and innovate throughout their careers; and to be a catalyst of economic development for the St. Louis region and beyond.

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