Saving lives through interdisciplinary research

Nicholas Saulnier ’15, ’16 always hoped to solve problems and help people as an electrical engineer. What the recent SMU graduate hadn’t anticipated was making a real difference as a student. Saulnier, now working as a digital applications engineer at Texas Instruments, was one of several SMU engineering students working on an interdisciplinary research team that developed a mobile platform and algorithms to automate the process of diagnosing cervical cancer. In remote regions of the globe where physicians are in short supply, the technology allows many more women to be screened – and treated – for cervical cancer. Faculty advisor Dinesh Rajan conceived the project during a research meeting with Eric G. Bing, director of the SMU Center for Global Health Impact.


From 2012—16, SMU students' medical school admission rate was more than 10% higher than the national acceptance rate


of Lyle engineering students complete at least one internship; 3 out of 4 receive academic scholarships


of the Simmons School's Applied Physiology and Sport Management grads successfully enter jobs or graduate schools