Geoffrey W. Klinge, a 2011 graduate from The Henry Samueli School of Engineering, won the Excellent Academic Writing in Science and Technology Award at the UC Irvine Writing Awards on May 12 for his paper "Organ Replacement Solutions: Threats to and Innovations for the Human Body."
Klinge, who wrote the paper for a class taught by Samueli School lecturer John Stupar, attended the College of the Desert from 2005 to 2008 before transferring to UC Irvine in 2008. While at UC Irvine, Klinge became familiar with designing power systems, designing a solar panel and practicing analog and digital communications.
Klinge chose this topic due to the number of people around the world who are suffering from the issues surrounding organ transplant waiting lists. The concept that intrigued him the most during his research was the possibility of growing a new organ for a patient from the scaffold of the donor’s organ. A scaffold is an artificial structure that has been implanted with cells that can support three-dimensional tissue formation. Klinge wrote the paper to educate readers about the issues of organ replacement from the viewpoint of an engineer in order to emphasize how scientists, engineers and doctors need to collaborate on every level to resolve these problems.
The UC Irvine Writing Awards are awarded by the Office of the Campus Writing Coordinator.