BME Student Spotlight

Meet Ben Kazimer

May 2022 Graduate, joining the MIT Lincoln Laboratory as a full-time image processing engineer

(04/20/2022) - Ben's formal undergraduate research mainly involved image processing techniques, using mathematical algorithms to manipulate images to achieve some desired output. His first research experience was with Dr. Doug Weber at the University of Pittsburgh where he developed an automated pathway to segment out all different tissue types from an MRI of an individual's forearm. Later at Duquesne, he worked under Dr. Stacey Levine to incorporate mathematically-motivated constraints in a Deep Learning framework for removing random noise from images.

Informally, Ben was involved with a wide variety of aerospace/astronautics-related research challenges outlined by the NIA and NASA. Duquesne has consistently formed teams for these challenges for 5 years now and giving him great exposure to current research topics related to space exploration. From this work, Ben was able to attend the 2022 IEEE Aerospace conference in Montana and present a paper that he is the second author on.

Throughout undergrad, Ben was heavily involved with the fraternity Delta Chi. He served as the Risk Management officer for 1 semester, and the Academic Chair for two full years. Additionally, he served a term as the elected senator to represent the biomedical engineering department in the Student Government Association, was involved with the Society for Physics Student, the Sigma Pi Sigma physics honor society, the Integrated Honors Society, and the Phi Eta Sigma honors society. Also, he has been a consistent volunteer helping Dr. Patrick Cooper at the Community Forge in Wilkinsburg.

Ben's advice for incoming BME students is to remain curious and pursue your passion! Work hard from the beginning to set yourself up for success later on, but also make sure to take some time to enjoy everything Duquesne and Pittsburgh have to offer outside of the classroom.

After graduation, Ben will be joining the MIT Lincoln Laboratory as a full-time image processing engineer. Here, he will be developing image processing algorithms and software to be used with the custom camera hardware.