Scholarships and Fellowships

Danielle Rager (Bioengineering)
Whitaker Fellowship Winner, 2012

Danielle Rager 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.

Rager, of Olney, Md., will travel with her Whitaker to Sydney, Australia, where she will work with Richard Vickery, senior lecturer in the Department of Physiology in the School of Medical Sciences at the University of New South Wales. Vickeryís research group is developing a neutrally controlled prosthetic limb with tactile sensation. Rager has conducted research in sensory restoration in Pittís Human Rehabilitation and Neural Engineering Laboratory; she has also worked with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Revolutionizing Prosthetics Initiative at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Md.

Rager will receive today a Bachelor of Science degree in bioengineering from the Swanson School. Her concentration is in biosignals and imaging and neural engineering with minors in neuroscience and music. Rager has had a wide range of research experiences. She participated in Plus3 Germany, where she researched and visited prominent German engineering companies, including Audi and Siemens. She coauthored a research paper with University of Augsburg and Pitt business students. In 2010, Rager demonstrated the government computer security Information Sharing and Collaboration Environment on behalf of the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team to more than 100 government officials at the Sixth Annual Government Forum of Incident Response and Security Team National Conference.

Among Ragerís honors are receiving the Undergraduate Program in Neural Computation Fellowship from the PittCarnegie Mellon University Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition, a Swanson School of Engineering Scholarship, a Pitt University Honors College Scholarship, the Gerlowski Scholarship for Excellence in Violin Performance, and the George Washington University School of Engineering and Applied Science Medal. She is a member of the Pitt Student Chapter of the BioMedical Engineering Society and the Center for Neural Basis of Cognition Computational Neuroscience Journal Club.