Meet the 2014 Iowa STATEment Makers: Aaron Becker

Iowa STATEment Makers is a recognition program of the Iowa State University Alumni Association’s Young Alumni Council, honoring graduates of the past 10 years who have made strong statements in careers, entrepreneurial endeavors, academics, community service, or personal achievements. There are 17 honorees for 2014, and we’re introducing each of them to you here on the blog.

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Boston, Mass.

It’s easy to say your job “isn’t exactly curing cancer.” But for Aaron (’05 electrical and computer engineering), he might be working with a technology that could someday do just that. As a postdoctoral research fellow in pediatric cardiac bioengineering at Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Aaron is working to apply swarming micro-robot technology to the health care industry – specifically, medical MRI scanners. The games he and a fellow researcher have presented on the website SwarmControl.net are designed to collect information about how humans control robotic swarms, with implications that could have a major impact on society – even enabling surgeons to eliminate cancer at the cellular level. Aaron, who earned a master’s degree and a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, plans to dedicate his career to studying robotics and hopes to someday build a robotics research lab.

Aaron on…

…his favorite college memory: “Proposing to my wife and campaniling immediately afterward as the clock struck midnight.”

…the movie he’s always quoting: “It’s a Wonderful Life”

…his role model: “My father, Todd Becker. His daily advice to me throughout high school was ‘keep your nose clean and your chin up.’”

…what would make the world a better place: “If mothers and fathers invested more time and energy into their marriages and children, the world would be a better place.”

 

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