Two COE Students Win Goldwater Scholarships

Electrical engineering student Spencer Lake Jacobs-Skolik, E’22, and chemical engineering and biochemistry student Cameron Young, E’22, were awarded the prestigious Barry Goldwater Scholarship, the United States’ premier award for outstanding young researchers in STEM fields.

Spencer Lake Jacobs-Skolik COE’22
Major: Electrical Engineering; minors in Biomedical Engineering and Mathematics
Hometown: Weston, CT

Career Goal: I plan to earn an M.D./Ph.D and conduct research in machine learning and signal processing for neuroengineering as well as teach at a postgraduate level.
Mentors: Eugene Tunik, Deniz Erdogmus, Dana Brooks

Lake Jacobs-Skolik aims to improve the lives of people with neurological diseases by advancing research and treatment at every level: from investigating the basic electrophysiological biomarkers of these conditions, to developing neurostimulation-based interventional measures, to prototyping and testing rehabilitative and assistive devices based on this knowledge. Lake discovered the practical implications of his work in coding and signal processing through his work with Enabling Engineering, a Northeastern student-led group that designs and builds devices to empower individuals with disabilities. His research experiences have included work on advanced prosthetic hands, analysis of M-wave and Hoffman reflex behavior to elucidate the locus of motor deficits, prediction of muscle activation for motor control, and the development of a novel machine learning algorithm to detect the features of the cortical silent period, a distinctive EMG characteristic often used to diagnose neuromotor disorders, working across labs with mentors and collaborators Gene Tunik, Deniz Erdogmus, and Dana Brooks of the Movement Neuroscience Laboratory, the Cognitive Systems Lab, and the Biomedical Signals Processing Lab, respectively. Lake plans to pursue an MD/PhD specializing in electrodiagnostic medical research so that he can lead the translation of basic research into clinical applications for patients with neurological conditions.

Cameron Young COE/COS’22
Major: Chemical Engineering and Biochemistry
Hometown: Medfield, MA

Career Goal: M.D./Ph.D. in biomedical engineering. I aspire to develop the next generation of personalized cancer therapeutics.
Mentors: Giovanni Traverso, Ambika Bajpayee, Adrienne Randolph

Cameron Young aims to be at the forefront of personalized medicine, pioneering the next generation of cancer therapeutics that will be customized to each patient’s unique disease physiology. In the Northeastern lab of Professor Ambika Bajpayee, Cameron has studied the role of crosslinks called advanced glycation end-products (AGEs) in the development of osteoarthritis. At Brigham and Women’s Hospital, meanwhile, Cameron has been involved in a number of projects, including researching ways to protect mucosal tissue from damage during radiotherapy; developing a machine learning model to predict drug-transporter interactions in the gastrointestinal tract; and investigating therapeutic candidates for acute respiratory distress syndrome. Currently, Cameron is managing the database of over 1,700 patient case reports of acute COVID-19 infection at Boston Children’s Hospital as part of a CDC-funded sentinel surveillance study at over 70 pediatric hospitals. In order to take the latest breakthroughs from the bench-top to the bedside, Cameron aspires to earn an MD/PhD and run a laboratory at an academic teaching hospital.

Related Faculty: Deniz Erdogmus

Related Departments:Chemical Engineering, Electrical & Computer Engineering