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IAMCP scholarship winner: “I want to work on medical devices that improve patients’ lives”

Monday, April 6, 2020   (2 Comments)
Posted by: Jon Rivers
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Ellen Roder, a bright and accomplished student from Greendale, Wisconsin, has been awarded the annual IAMCP Rudy Rodriguez STEM scholarship to pursue an education in biomedical engineering.

Currently in attendance at Greendale High School, Ellen is on the Girls' Swim Team (JV Co-Captain), is the Drumline Section Leader in the Greendale Marching Band, a member of the Jazz Band, and is also on the Math Team.

Ellen’s High School Honors this year included:

High Honor Roll
National Honor Society Member
National Spanish Honor Society Member
National Merit Scholarship Semi-finalist


“I’m very grateful for this award – thank you IAMCP! I chose biomedical engineering as a major because it is a career that helps improve patients' quality of life. My future goal in science is to help design a new medical device that helps many people. At SLU, some of the professors are involved in fascinating research, including using people’s brain waves to control mechanical wheelchairs. My dream is to have a part in that type of pioneering research and work.” – Ellen Roder

Already on the path to innovation

Passionate about making healthcare more accessible, Ellen’s vision is a world in which medical devices can be made more easily, making them more affordable for those who need them. 

In her Biology class, Ellen recently submitted a research paper for the SEPA (Science Education Partnership Award) conference at UW-Milwaukee, and was part of a group that modeled the Tyrosinase enzyme. As part of this initiative, she created a poster for the MSOE SMART & MAPS team conference.

Ellen’s father is Dean Roder who, for more than 20 years, has been in the Microsoft channel and a member of the IAMCP Wisconsin Chapter. Dean worked with partners for about 15 years, then with Microsoft for 5 years. He now oversees the Microsoft partnership/alliance with Wipfli.


About the IAMCP Rudy Rodriguez STEM Scholarship

At Inspire 2017 the IAMCP announced the IAMCP-RUDY RODRIGUEZ STEM SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM. This program was created in partnership with our sponsor and benefactor VOICES FOR INNOVATION in response to the need for more STEM educated individuals in the workforce.

Rudy Rodriguez has continued to serve the IAMCP from 2005 through 2018 having served as co-founder of the Austin Chapter, Dallas Chapter President, US Central Region Chair, US President, Worldwide President and Treasurer and countless committee roles. His participation in IAMCP, mentoring partners and his involvement in STEM Programs is the ultimate standard for service in such a position.


The $2,500 scholarship awards students in STEM disciplines supported by the STEM program that include:

  • Biological sciences (except medicine and other clinical fields);
  • Physical sciences (including physics, chemistry, astronomy, and materials science);
  • Mathematical sciences;
  • Computer and information sciences;
  • Geosciences;
  • Engineering; and
  • Technology areas associated with the preceding disciplines (for example, biotechnology, chemical technology, engineering technology, information technology, etc.)
Learn more about The IAMCP Rudy Rodriguez STEM Scholarship


Matt Gelb says...
Posted Wednesday, April 8, 2020
Congrats Ellie!! The Gelb family is super proud of you, including Ella (mini-Ellie) ;)... Good luck at SLU!! Congrats again! and thanks IAMCP for offering such a great opportunity.
Dean Roder says...
Posted Wednesday, April 8, 2020
Ellie is really excited about the IAMCP scholarship -- Thanks IAMCP! Ellie recently decided to attend St. Louis University and her decision was primarily influenced by the depth of research SLU's biomedical engineering faculty and students are conducting. I am very proud of my amazing daughter and grateful to IAMCP for supporting students in STEM!

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