SynCardia 2014 Engineering Scholarship for Women Awarded to University of Arizona Junior Justine Bacchus
The Anna Salazar Memorial Engineering Scholarship honors a late SynCardia employee by supporting women in pursuit of engineering degrees.
TUCSON, Ariz. – Nov. 12, 2014 – SynCardia Systems, Inc., has awarded its Anna Salazar Memorial Engineering Scholarship to University of Arizona junior Justine Bacchus, who is pursuing her undergraduate degree in biomedical engineering.
SynCardia implemented the scholarship to support University of Arizona female engineering students working to make a significant contribution to society. It honors the late Anna Salazar, who joined SynCardia in 2012 and made a lasting mark on the company as a senior quality engineer.
“We hope that the scholarship will allow outstanding women engineering students to reach their academic and professional goals and, like Anna, contribute to society in astounding ways,” says SynCardia CEO and President Michael P. Garippa.
Justine Bacchus says she will use the $5,000 award to pay for tuition and books.
“I knew I wanted to do something medical,” she says, “but I didn’t want to be a doctor.”
Bacchus believes gaining engineering knowledge will help her in her goal to become a genetic counselor.
“I want to help patients directly,” she says. “The counseling part is attractive. I like teaching people about what their genes mean to their health.”
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About SynCardia Systems, LLC
SynCardia Systems, LLC in Tucson, Ariz., is the privately-held manufacturer of the world's first and only FDA, Health Canada and CE approved Total Artificial Heart. For people suffering from end-stage heart failure affecting both sides of the heart (biventricular failure), the SynCardia temporary Total Artificial Heart is used as a bridge to transplant, helping them survive until a matching donor heart becomes available. SynCardia also manufactures the Freedom® portable driver, which powers the temporary Total Artificial Heart and allows clinically stable patients to be discharged from the hospital to enjoy life at home while they wait for a heart transplant.
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