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John Drazan drazaj@rpi.

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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY December 2017
Doctorate of Philosophy
Biomedical Engineering
GPA: 3.83

State University of New York at Geneseo, Geneseo, NY May 2012
Bachelor of Arts
Major: Physics
Minors: Math and Business


2014 Rensselaer Medalist
NSF GK12 Fellowship Recipient
Sigma Pi Sigma Physics Honor Society
SUNYAC All-Academic Team

3HELIX Fellow, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, NY Summer 2014 Present
NSF GK12 Graduate fellow
Create and deploy educational STEM programming for underrepresented youth
Use research in biomechanics to create new labs for high school biology classes
Publish results of programs in engineering education journals for wide dissemination
Overseen by Dr. Ron Eglash

Musculoskeletal Research Group, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, NY Summer 2012 Present
Graduate Research Assistant
Led research team investigating the loading in the lumbar spine
Utilized Matlab for data collection and analysis
Developed novel wireless sensors for in vivo data analysis
Overseen by Dr. Eric Ledet

Graduate Teaching Assistant, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, NY Fall 2012 Spring 2013
Graduate
Corresponded and held office hours for a class of 90 undergraduates
Graded assignments and handled day to day contact with students

Human Gait Analysis Research, Geneseo, NY Spring 2010 Spring 2012
Under Graduate Research Project
Developed a Gait Analysis System composed of two force plates and a camera
Developed physical models for the ground reaction force in the gait cycle
Recorded data from the system and performed analysis using MATLAB
Overseen by Dr. Stephen Padalino

SUNY Geneseo Optics Lab, Geneseo, NY Spring of 2009 Summer of 2011
Research Assistant
Research funded by NASA space grant during the summers of 2010 and 2011
Overseen by Dr. George Marcus
Operated optical resonating cavity and aerosol generation system
Developed calibration techniques and methods for system error diagnostics
Recorded data from the system and performed analysis using MATLAB






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SUNY Geneseo Physics Department, Geneseo, New York Spring of 2010
Teaching Assistant
Taught two hour laboratory class for the Science of Light of Color lecture
Supervised by Dr. George Marcus
Instructed 16 student classroom in novice experiments investigating the physics of light and
color

SUNY Geneseo Athletic Department, Geneseo, NY Fall of 2009 Spring 2012
Student Athletic Trainer
Assisted the Certified Athletic Trainer in treatment of injured athletes
Led post-surgery athletes through rehabilitation programs
Prepared athletes for competition with stretching and taping

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Family Inc., Albany, NY Spring of 2013 Present
STEM Director
Create and deliver educational STEM programming for youth in the capital region
Facilitate the outreach efforts of other professionals by providing an audience and a venue
for them to work with youth
Ran Science of Athletic Performance program serving 50 youth in Albany
Coordinate tutoring and mentoring between RPI students and local high school students.
Sports science modules and talks at sports camps

RPI Biomedical Engineering Graduate Council, Troy, NY Fall of 2013 Present
Co-chair for Community Outreach
Facilitated Outreach activities for other graduate students in the department
Ran tutoring program involving 10 graduate students at Albany High school for 25 high
school students
Organized programming appearances for the graduate council at local schools, museums and
science fairs
Assist graduate students in the NSF fellowship application process

Mens Varsity Basketball, SUNY Geneseo 2008-2012
2010 Most improved player
2010 Tom Greene Tournament All-Tournament Team






















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John F. Drazan, Aleksandra Gunko, Matthew K. Dion, Omar Abdoun, Nathaniel C. Cady, Kenneth
A. Connor, Eric H. Ledet. Archmedian Spiral Pairs with No Electrical Connections as a Passive
Wireless Implantable Sensor Journal of Biomedical Technology and Research, 2014
Drazan JF, Scott JM, Hoke JI, Ledet EH. Using Biomedical Engineering and Hidden Capital to
Provide Educational Outreach to Disadvantaged Populations Accepted as a contributed paper in
Biomedical Engineering Education to the 36
th
IEEE EMBC, Chicago, IL. August 2014
Rebecca A. Wachs, David Ellstein, John F. Drazan, Colleen P. Healy, Richard L. Uhl, Kenneth A.
Connor, Eric H. Ledet. Elementary Implantable Force Sensor For Orthopaedic Implants. Advances
in Biosensors and Bioelectronic. Volume 2, Issue 4, 2013

Drazan JF, Gunko A, Abdoun O, Dahle, R, Cady NC, Connor K,Ledet EH.. Fabrication and
Function of a Passive, Wireless Force Sensor for Orthopaedic Implants Submitted to the 61st
Annual Meeting of the Orthopaedic Research Society, Las Vegas, NV. March, 2015.
Dion MK, Lumia C, Drazan JF, Forsh DA, Gladstone JN, Cady NC, Ledet EH. A Wireless Sensing
System for Continuous Monitoring of Intracompartmental Pressures Submitted to the 61st Annual
Meeting of the Orthopaedic Research Society, Las Vegas, NV. March, 2015.
Drazan JF, Gunko A, Dion MK, Abdoun O, Connor K, Cady NC, Ledet EH. Coupled Archimedean
Spirals As Passive Wireless Force Sensors Exhibit Linear Frequency Shifts with Strain Presented to
the 36
th
IEEE EMBC, Chicago, IL. August 2014
Drazan JF Leveraging Experimental and Credentialing Capital for More Inclusive Outreach
Generative Justice Conference, Troy, NY. June 2014



















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Outreach Speaking
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Columbia-Greene Community College: Principles of Health and Fitness
Hudson, New York
Human Physiology as it Relates to Injury Prevention and Training, Invited Lecturer,
October 10, 2014

SUNY Geneseo: Physics Colloquium
Geneseo, New York
Using Your Physics Degree where no-one cares if that Cat is alive or Dead, Invited Colloquium
Speaker
April 11, 2014

Columbia-Greene Community College: Principles of Health and Fitness
Hudson, New York
Using Science and Sports to provide educational opportunities to youth, Invited Lecturer,
April 11, 2014

Syracuse South Side Initiative
Syracuse, New York
The Science of the Slam: A look into the Science behind the Slam Dunk, Session coordinator,
April 1, 2014

RPI Black Family Technology Awareness Day
Troy, New York
The Science of the Slam: A look into the Science behind the Slam Dunk, Session coordinator,
February 1, 2014

Quail Street Boxing Gym
Albany, New York
The Biomechanics of Boxing: Using Science to be a better fighter, Speaker, November 21, 2013

YMCA Black And Latino Achievers Program: Health and Medicine Careers Month
Delmar, New York
Panel for Careers in Medicine and Healthcare, Panel Moderator, October 23, 2013

YMCA Black And Latino Achievers Program: Health and Medicine Careers Month
Delmar, New York
Careers in Research in Biomedical Engineering, Speaker, October 2, 2013