Scholarships and Fellowships

Wayne Dailey (Electrical Engineering)
Whitaker Fellowship Winner, 2010

Wayne Dailey has been named a recipient of the 2012 Whitaker International Fellows and Scholars Program award, designed to bring international experience and insight to the field of biomedical engineering.

With his Whitaker, Dailey, of Butler, Pa., will complete one year of research and study at the Imperial College of Science and Technology in London. Dailey will work with Etienne Burdet, an associate professor in human robotics and director of the Human Robotics Group at the Imperial College. The goal of Dailey’s project is the development and clinical evaluation of a robotic hand module to help recovering stroke victims. The module is intended to assist patients as they grasp for objects. Because existing robotic hand systems are not wearable and therefore less natural and intuitive for patient use, Dailey will work to develop a smaller, less intrusive, and more natural system to aid in patient recovery.

Dailey received a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from the Swanson School. Dailey’s experience includes research and work at the Medical Devices Laboratory in the Pitt-UPMC McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine and at Keystone Ridge Designs, Inc., in Butler. This past term, Dailey served as a teaching assistant for the Analysis and Design of Analog Integrated Circuits course in the Swanson School’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. A University Honors Scholar, Dailey is a member of Sigma Xi—The Scientific Research Society and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. His awards include a Swanson School of Engineering Research Fellowship, a Swanson School of Engineering Scholarship, a 2011 University Scholar award, and Best Scientific Poster of an Interdisciplinary Nature for Pitt’s Science2011—NextGen Undergraduate Poster Session from the Sigma Xi Research Society Pittsburgh Chapter. Dailey, who enjoys such nontechnical reading as classical literature, Shakespeare, and science fiction, has made Pitt’s Dean’s List every term of his undergraduate career.