B-Xcellent Podcast

B-Xcellent Podcasting brings insight to young black professionals seeking academic success by discussing the journey of various black professionals. These podcasts started in 2023 at Purdue University in the College of Engineering.

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Hosted by: Brandon Harrison-Smith

Brandon Harrison-Smith is a postdoctoral researcher at Purdue, focusing on the development of a photoacoustic viral detection system. His interests include designing novel optical diagnostic devices and reducing racial bias in diagnostic techniques that directly benefit patient care in healthcare systems. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry from the Cheyney University of Pennsylvania in 2010 and his master's and Ph.D. in Bioengineering from Temple University in 2022. His dissertation focused on developing novel optical diagnostic techniques for managing neonatal jaundice. In the future, Harrison-Smith intends to pursue a career in academia, where he will continue his research on developing optical diagnostic techniques that address the issue of racial bias. Additionally, he wants to develop support systems to increase minority inclusion and belonging in STEM.