Established through a gift from alumnus Rajiv Sobti, Grâ€™84, and Slomi Sobti, Penn parents, the Fellowship is the first program at Penn to provide funding for a recent Penn graduate to conduct independent research in India.
Selvakumaran, from Malvern, Pa., will graduate on May 19 from the School of Engineering and Applied Science with a bachelorâ€™s degree in bioengineering. As a Sobti Family Fellow, he will work with Aurolabs at Aravind Eye Care System in Madurai, Tamil Nadu, this fall.
His project aims to create a new low-cost medical device for cataract surgery.
As part of a senior design requirement, Selvakumaranâ€™s team designed a device to allow physicians to use pulse wave velocity to access patientsâ€™ cardiovascular health during regular check-ups. The group was awarded the Honorable Berger Award and took third place in the Engineering Schoolâ€™s Senior Design Competition.
â€śThis opportunity helps invest in Penn students beyond graduation,â€ť Devesh Kapur, CASI director and Madan Lal Sobti Associate Professor, said. â€śThrough the Sobti Family Fellowship, a recent graduate can take their independent interests and research beyond the classroom towards real world applications. CASI can now support a graduating senior to further develop ideas in the field and provide a bridge between undergraduate studies and future scholarly aspirations. We look forward to guiding Vignesh as he begins work in India this fall.â€ť
Selvakumaran is currently applying to medical school for the fall of 2015.