Camilio Ruiz named 2016 Gates Cambridge Scholar

Published in MIT News on February 29, 2016, by Julia Mongo, Global education and Career Development

MIT senior will pursue advanced degree in computer science at Cambridge University.

Camilo Ruiz, an MIT senior majoring in biological engineering, is one of 35 American students to be awarded this year’s competitive Gates Cambridge Scholarship. Ruiz will pursue an MPhil in Advanced Computer Science at Cambridge University in England. He ultimately plans to return to the United States for further graduate studies in biological engineering, with the goal of creating new and affordable treatments for disease.

Born in Colombia, Ruiz and his family fled political violence to settle in the United States. His early experiences of turmoil helped shape Ruiz’s deep commitment to making transformative and sustainable contributions to society. By the time he was a senior in high school, Ruiz was well on his way to applying his scientific talents to medical devices and had collaborated on the design of a prize-winning pacemaker.

As an underclassman at MIT, Ruiz undertook an internship at the DNA Medicine Institute, a biomedical company in Cambridge, Massachusetts. There, he helped develop an innovative portable blood diagnostic device, which later won the $500,000 grand prize in the Nokia XChallenge Competition...

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