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Stevenson Professor Neil Rothman Honored for Volunteer Biomedical Engineering Work

May 2, 2022 9:00 AM
Neil Rothman, Ph.D.

Neil Rothman, Ph.D., Professor and Program Coordinator of Stevenson’s Biomedical Engineering program, has been honored by the IMAGE Center of Maryland with its VME (Volunteers for Medical Engineering) Volunteer of the Year Award. He was recognized during the IMAGE Center’s annual Solutions Gala on April 29, 2022, at the Cylburn Arboretum in Baltimore, which honored members of Maryland’s engineering, higher education, and medical service communities who have made significant contributions throughout IMAGE/VME’s 40-year history in the areas of innovation and empowerment for people with disabilities.

Rothman was selected because of his continuous involvement with VME as a Capstone Professor during his tenure at UMBC, and now for his volunteerism as a Biomedical Engineering Program Coordinator at Stevenson University. He has championed the initial research and design phase of a handwriting assist project for a woman with multiple sclerosis, initiated a collaboration between VME and Stevenson’s Fashion Design program for the creation of adaptive clothing, and also evaluates all VME projects for quality and safety. He has been a part of IMAGE/VME since 2015 and served as a board member since 2016.

“It’s been an honor to be able to help people with disabilities as a volunteer with IMAGE/VME,” he said. “I’ve also really enjoyed mentoring students and seeing their dedication to creating solutions for their clients.”

Rothman earned his Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering and a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University. Prior to joining Stevenson, he served as a Professor and Graduate Program Director for the professional programs in engineering in the College of Engineering and Information Technology at UMBC. His biomedical industry experience includes three decades in technology development and consulting for companies such as Brainscope Company, Infinite Biomedical Technologies, GE Healthcare, and others.

About The IMAGE Center

The IMAGE Center serves all people with disabilities in Baltimore City, Baltimore County, and Harford County. IMAGE is a nonresidential Center for Independent Living, and its staff are primarily people with disabilities living independent lives and teaching skills to others. Visit to learn more.

About Volunteers for Medical Engineering (VME)

Founded in 1982, Volunteers for Medical Engineering is a program of The IMAGE Center that teams up volunteer engineers, student engineers from 12 schools and universities, and medical professionals to find creative, innovative solutions to improve the lives of individuals with disabilities throughout Maryland and, soon-to-launch, Washington, DC. The teams design devices that are tailored to meet the unique needs and requests of individual clients by either fabricating them from the ground-up or modifying existing devices.

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