Julian Narvaez is a third-year Electrical Engineering major currently attending Case Western Reserve University. His work has consisted of developing partnerships with other student groups, establishing an asset management system, and deep-diving into the devices themselves.
In addition, he has spent the past few years working in the Medical Robotics for Computer Integrated Surgery Lab at CWRU developing a magnetically actuated catheter for usage inside an MRI. He has since transitioned into employment at Nottingham Spirk assisting other companies prototype and manufacture their ideas. He has developed a strong electrical engineering background that has proved invaluable in differentiating between technological and political barriers to access.
Jonathan Chen is a third-year Biomedical Engineering major on the Biocomputing and Analysis track at Case Western Reserve University. Acting as the internal Vice President, he has worked hard to develop a stable infrastructure for device processing at MedWish International facility as well as works to establish partnerships with local hospitals to increase access to healthcare globally.
In addition to his work at MedWish, Jonathan helps mentor high school students from the greater Cleveland community to promote their interests in STEM and enjoys doing medical research. He has spent the last few years working as part of the Brain Image Computing (BriC) Lab doing work in survival prediction for glioblastoma brain cancers and has also done a summer internship at NIH investigating a rare autoimmune muscle disease called myositis. He hopes to continue building CWRU MedWish’s network with other clinics around the world and enjoys the collaboration between undergraduates, professors, and health professionals (local and abroad) to help promote global healthcare equality.
Jasmine Haraburda is a third-year Biology major, Philosophy and Chemistry minor, and pre-medical student at Case Western. As the Vice President of External Affairs, she has helped develop CWRU MedWish’s presence on campus and beyond. Jasmine created and maintains the club’s website and is organizing the organization’s summer service trip to Indonesia.
Beyond her work with MedWish, Jasmine founded an Art Therapy Night program at Hope Lodge Cleveland, which provides a free home away from home for cancer patients and their caregivers, and has been running the program for 2 years now. Additionally, Jasmine is currently working as a laboratory assistant in the Karathanasis Lab in the Department of Biomedical Engineering in the Case Western School of Medicine where she is investigating nanoparticles as a treatment for the deadliest cancers.
Ari Bard is a Fourth Year Mechanical Engineering Major with Spanish and Data Science Minors. He served as president of the organization for two years and helped to facilitate connections between CWRU and Medwish and helped grow the organization into what it is today. Now as Logistics and Packaging Chair, he oversees a lot of the supply chain engineering necessary when working with an outside organization at MedWish such as proper intake and exporting documentation, database management, and efficiency.
He is also an undergraduate researcher in a two-phase flow lab here at CWRU. As he approaches graduation, he hopes to continue to improve efficiency and communication within the organization as it continues to grow and is glad to be leaving the CWRU MedWish in such capable hands.
Mark Madler is a Second year Biomedical Engineering Major. He is from Pittsburgh, PA and came to Case Western Reserve University for all the opportunities on campus. He is the current secretary to CWRU MedWish.
In addition to CWRU MedWish, he is also the President of his Community Council and the new Director of Info for the University Programming Board. He has joined CWRU MedWish for the hands on experience and has stayed for the skills and leadership experience he has gained.
Maeve Salm is a third-year Biochemistry major, Spanish minor on the pre-medical track who is currently attending Case Western Reserve University. Through her role as the MedWish Coordinator, she has assisted in strengthening the partnership with MedWish International.
Additionally, she has spent time working as an undergraduate laboratory assistant at Cleveland Clinic’s Lerner Research Institute in the Cardiovascular and Metabolic Sciences Department, and she has contributed to research focused on the influence of various signaling molecules upon neurovascular development in zebrafish. She also invests her time as an executive member of both the American Medical Student Association and Panhellenic Council of Greek Life at CWRU.
Anish Reddy is a second-year Biology major and Public Health minor on the pre-medical track. Through his role as PR of MedWish, he has helped develop flyers as well as a poster board to recruit CWRU students to join CWRU MedWish, with club attendance this year being much higher than in previous years. He also sends email out to the general body, and updates the Facebook page with descriptions of what is performed each trip and photos from each trip.
In addition, Anish is also a volunteer at UH and does volunteer research with a professor on campus involving microbiology. He hopes to continue being a part of CWRU MedWish and work with the many different players involved in order to make the club as efficient and helpful as possible, while still providing a learning opportunity to its club members.
Shyam Sunder Polaconda
Shyam Polaconda is a second-year Biomedical Engineering major on the pre-medical track. As MedWish treasurer, he is in charge of managing the funds and ordering parts for the club.
In addition, Shyam volunteers in the Center for Emergency Medicine at University Hospitals and does volunteer research with a professor on campus involving injectable neural implants. He hopes to continue to be a part of CWRU MedWish and help it continue to grow.