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Dmitriy Timerman - Columbia University

Dmitriy Timerman is a senior at Columbia University studying Biomedical Engineering. At Columbia, he is president of the New York Alpha chapter of Tau Beta Pi and serves as vice-president on the board of the Biomedical Engineering Society. He has been involved in research since he was a student at Stuyvesant High School and is currently a member of the Laboratory for Functional Optical Imaging. For his work on the potential clinical use of optical imaging, he was recognized in the 2011 Goldwater Scholarship as an Honorable Mention. He has also worked to improve the connection between high school students interested in research and labs around New York City by creating, a service intended to help facilitate the process. Dmitriy was born in Ukraine and is interested in the potential of technological innovation in the developing world. As part of this goal, he has been involved with Engineers without Borders and CatarAct International. His non-academic interests include hiking in New Hampshire, playing chess, and reading.


As an NCIIA Student Ambassador, I want to connect many of the student-led initiatives at Columbia and to provide an environment for innovation. I intend to collaborate with student leaders around campus and entrepreneurs in New York City to introduce creative ideas and startups to the community. By providing students and faculty with improved access to socially engaged entrepreneurship opportunities, I hope to continue on the success that Columbia has had with technological innovation.

NCIIA student ambassadors launch ambitious events on campuses


NCIIA's student ambassadors continue to galvanise entrepreneurship on campus! Over the next two days, more than 400 student innovators and entrepreneurs will attend two NCIIA-supported Invention to Venture workshops.

Friday, April 8, TedX Columbia Engineering School. Organized by Mayank Yadav (right) and team. 300 registrants, 100 on the waiting list.

Saturday, April 9, Invention to Venture at Wake Forest University. Organized by Billy Oelsner (left) and team. 100+ registrants.

Want this energy on your campus? We're recruiting for our 2011/12 student ambassador cohort. Read more and apply!


Mayank Yadav - Columbia University


November 2010

  • Organizing a TedX Invention to Venture workshop for April 8, 2011, and an elevator pitch for late February.
  • Served as a panel member in the social entrepreneurship workshop at the MCN conference.
  • Note from Mayank: "We have received feedback from many students who have new ideas or a ready prototype, but many fail to have a social impact. With the upcoming events we will bringing a larger pool of potential students and ideas in direct touch with NCIIA and help them in taking their ideas/venture forward.”


Mayank Yadav is pursuing his Masters in Engineering Management Systems at Columbia University in New York. He completed his undergraduate studies in Mechanical Engineering from National Institute of Technology in India and worked for a leading IT firm (Tata Consultancy Services, Mumbai) for 2 years before joining Columbia. Apart from his academic endeavors he has contributed to several initiatives at NIT and also started his first venture with a group of four friends. He worked for Tata Consultancy Services in Mumbai, India after graduating from NIT where he was a member of The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE), “Start-up Saturdays” where he interacted with many tech start ups. Meeting new people and exploring new ideas has always been his passion and he plans to continue this further by being the student ambassador for NCIIA at Columbia University along with taking various other initiatives in and around the campus. He also loves to swim, play table tennis and contribute to various online discussions.
Mayank's vision

My first start up while in college, was a result of a team with individuals from different backgrounds focused towards one common goal. This helped me to realize that proper execution of an idea requires a right team, an effective communication medium and a platform to showcase their idea.
I want to create an “ecosystem” where people can interact and share their ideas, identify existing problems and solve them in their own innovative ways. These solutions and ideas will eventually create new business opportunities and give rise to a new group of entrepreneurs.

Developing and Testing a Novel Therapeutic Game for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Columbia University, 2009 - $20,000

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is the fastest growing developmental disability in the US, with as many as 1.5 million Americans affected. The most common symptoms experienced by individuals affected with an ASD involve difficulties with social situations, verbal and non-verbal communication problems and understanding or displaying empathy. Children affected with an ASD often have unique and extreme preferences and aversions, making highly individualized care a necessity, yet comprehensive treatment is often prohibitively expensive.

To address the problem, this E-Team is developing a series of therapeutic computer games for autistic children between the age of 5 and 18. While other therapeutic video games are on the market, none are directed specifically toward autism and none allow for monitoring of in-game behavior and metrics, leading to customization of certain aspects of the game to suit the needs of the patient. The E-Team’s games will supplement existing treatment plans by providing individualized care outside of the treatment facility. The ultimate goal is improvement in social and communication skills.


Columbia University, 2003 - $11,700

MedfoLink is a new software technology designed to solve the issues surrounding medical records. The majority of medical records remain on paper, raising issues of patient privacy, potential loss of patient history, and performance limitations that hinder existing medical language processing technologies. MedfoLink is a java technology that uses medical language processing and the Unified Medical Language Source to enable a computer to accurately record and interpret data from patient records. Benefits of the system include: security to ensure patient privacy, consolidated patient histories, and the elimination of clerical errors.

The team completed and tested a beta version of the software in order to secure government and private funding.

MedfoLink Crew

Columbia University, 2002 - $10,450

Every visit a patient makes to the hospital generates at least one medical report. Because of high volume, hospital staffs are unable to keep up manual entry of reports into computer systems for analyzing and statistics keeping. Manual processing of these reports can lead to breaches in patient confidentiality and misplaced files.

For this reason, this E-Team, consisting of two biomedical engineering undergraduates working with faculty and an industry advisor, has developed MedfoLink, a computerized system for processing hospital patient records. MedfoLink adapts the data contained in the Unified Medical Language System (UMLS), a medical language source database containing over 2.1 million concept names in over sixty different biomedical vocabularies, for use by language processing systems. This allows MedfoLink to transform the data from patient records into a format appropriate for computer analysis. With this analysis, healthcare professionals will have the tools to identify trends in the patient population.

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