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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


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.


Tien Comlekoglu is currently a senior in Biomedical Engineering at VCU. He is on the pre-medical track and plans to attend medical school after his undergraduate education.

Benjamin Nguyen

Vice President
Benjamin Nguyen is currently a senior biomedical engineering student at VCU. His focus is on the pre-medical track, and he hopes to become a healthcare professional some day. In his free time, Ben likes to play piano and pursue personal engineering projects. Ben plans to graduate in the Spring of 2018.

Robert Burris

Summer Institute Chair
Junior EE and phys I’m from Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. Like reading, languages, and traveling. Hope to work in charity after graduating and excited to tackle problems in the developing world


Secretary and Fundraising Chair
I am a third year pre-dental student at VCU passionate about healthcare and innovation. I joined EWH so I could make a direct impact on communities aboard. I am currently the fundraising chair for this organization and am excited for 2018!

Mashaba Rashid

I am a Junior BME major. I enjoy travelling, photography, and the great outdoors! I hope to work in the international development field as an engineer!

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

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.

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