ARCS Foundation Utah honored its 2018 scholars during an awards luncheon held Oct. 17 in the John A. Moran Eye Center Auditorium.

It was the foundation’s 10th anniversary celebration, and the event included special remarks from University of Utah College of Engineering Dean Richard B. Brown, John A. Moran Eye Center CEO Randall J. Olson and Senior Vice President for Health Sciences Michael L. Good.

ARCS Foundation Utah Chapter is part of the national nonprofit women’s organization throughout the country which helps U.S. students completing degrees in science, engineering and medical research. The Utah chapter of the foundation supports students in doctoral programs at the University of Utah.

This year’s engineering scholars include:

Anna Deleray (biomedical engineering)

Anna Deleray is pursuing a doctoral degree in biomedical engineering. She plans to research biomaterials and therapeutics. Prior to the University of Utah, Anna conducted protein engineering and biosensor design research at Los Alamos National Laboratory. This research help solidify her intention to pursue graduate studies and a career in bioengineering. Anna completed her BS in chemical and biochemical engineering at the Colorado School of Mines. While at the Colorado School of Mines, she was a member a several professional societies, including the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society. In addition to her academic pursuits, Anna played on the Varsity Women’s Soccer Team. She also enjoys skiing, hiking, and trail running.

Bram Hunt (biomedical engineering)

Bram Hunt is a first-year doctoral student in biomedical engineering at the U. His research is in cardiac lectrophysiology and biophysics, and he hopes to solve problems of reliability in medicine using machine learning and automation. He comes from Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering. He received a departmental Outstanding Senior Award in recognition of his academic
excellence and outstanding contributions to the school community. After graduation, he worked at Sandia National Laboratories in their Microelectromechanical Systems Department developing testing systems and software for national security applications. In his free time, he invests in the local community through volunteering in the emergency room, teaching in STEM, and participating in his church choir.

Anthony Yin (mechanical engineering)

Anthony Yin graduated magna cum laude in mechanical engineering with a biomechanics minor from the University of Florida. As an undergraduate, he worked on developing a microscale tensile tester to study the effects of tensile loading on cell behavior. Anthony has interned at Alcon, where he performed research on the manufacturing process of a
new intraocular lens, and Exactech, where he focused on product development of an orthopedic ankle implant and the necessary instruments for its successful surgical application. At the University of Utah, he is pursuing a doctoral degree in mechanical engineering with research focused on biomaterials and bone cements under the direction of assistant professor Steven Naleway.