Innovation Fellow Alumni
RIAZ ISLAM, MSE (2019-2020)
Riaz was born and raised in Bangladesh. He did his Bachelor in Science in Electrical and Electronics Engineering at Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology focusing on biological signal and image processing.
After Bachelor Riaz moved to United States, where he did his Masters in Biomedical Engineering at Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids. For his Masters thesis, he developed an algorithm to detect high frequency oscillations in signal recorded from epileptic patient's brain. This could reduce extremely invasive and often inconclusive pre-surgical seizure observation periods from a week to just 3 days.
Since finishing his Masters, he worked as an engineer for a medical device manufacturer for a year and then took a research engineering position at Mayo Clinic, Neural Engineering Lab. At Mayo clinic Riaz works on translational research on application of spinal cord neuromodulation to treat spinal cord injury and pain. He is experienced in conducting preclinical and clinical research studies to demonstrate efficacy of novel therapies.
In addition to his role at Mayo Clinic, Riaz works in a Rochester based medical device startup called Sonex Health, that develops Ultrasound guided minimally invasive therapies.
Riaz is also pursuing various entrepreneurship projects to build a portfolio of successful ventures.
Riaz lives in Rochester, MN. In his spare time he enjoys gardening, running, yoga and mountain climbing.
(Last Updated July 2019)