February 2019 | Matthew Ritch
Matthew is a 3rd year Biomedical Engineering student originally from Marietta, Georgia. He has worked in the lab of Biomedical and Mechanical Engineering faculty member, Dr. Ross Ethier, since 2017. Matt's project involves developing accurate quantification of optic nerve damage caused by glaucoma. Working with a blend of biomedical engineering and machine learning concepts, Matt was one of the first award winners of the PURA Interdisciplinary Research stipends. After presenting a poster at the 2018 BMES conference, Matt was honored as a Petit Scholar through the Parker H. Petit Institute for Bioengineering and Bioscience at Georgia Tech. When asked about his favorite aspect of research, Matt responded like a true engineer - "I love solving biomedical puzzles!" - and is optimistic that this interdisciplinary effort will one day lead to improved patient care. Outside of research, Matthew is the President of Students Organizing for Sustainability (which oversees the Community Garden), a member of the Georgia Tech Chamber Choir, a DJ for WREK Radio, and is involved with Starter Bikes (a student run bicycle repair and maintenance club). After graduation, Matt plans on pursuing a career in Medicine with a focus on research.