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Eli Vlaisavljevich


Michigan Tech

Biomedical Engineering


Vlaisavljevich is developing a novel biomaterial to prevent fibrous encapsulation of implants, specifically fibrosis.  It is a material that prevents cell adhesion to the surface through vibrational loading.  It will be used to improve the stability, function and lifetime of implantable biomaterials and prevent the need for surgical revision.  Vlaisavljevich’s plans after graduation are to pursue graduate school to study the link between major psychological and physiological systems, specifically using cognitive therapies, as part of an overall health plan to improve mental and cardiovascular health.  After grad school, he hopes to be involved in a research career that allows him to directly interact with human subjects and develop the best overall health approach, geared to the needs of specific individuals.  He was awarded the prestigious Goldwater Scholarship, the Michigan Tech Provost’s Award for Scholarship and was named to the ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District First Team last year.  He twice earned the John MacInnes Slide Rule Award for scholastic achievement.  Additionally, he was a two-time All-WCHA Academic selection as well as a two-time WCHA Scholar-Athlete.  Vlaisavljevich is also being considered for a Rhodes Scholarship and has been a member of the Engineering Honor Society since 2007.  Since 2006, he has tutored numerous students in basic mathematics, calculus, chemistry, biomaterials and cellular biology.  As most of his students have been athletes, he has focused on the necessary time-management skills that are invaluable to success in the classroom.  Vlaisavljevich is challenged to understand the many different ways in which the brain integrates information.  He often learns as much teaching others as when he studies subjects himself.


Vlaisavljevich embodies what a student-athlete should be.  His hard work and determination have shone through in the classroom where he holds a perfect 4.0 grade point average as a biomedical engineering major.  These same values have allowed Vlaisavljevich to succeed as an intricate facet of the hockey team at Michigan Tech.  He is a very personable young man who represents the university, community and hockey team with the class and character that one expects.


Vlaisavljevich has volunteered on many levels and in many facets with youth hockey and has visited local schools.  In both of these venues, he stresses the importance of not only hard work in athletics but in academics as well.  Additionally, Vlaisavljevich serves on the Student-Athlete Advisory Council at Michigan Tech.  This allows him to represent his teammates and give them a voice in decisions regarding the athletic department. 


Vlaisavljevich has been a solid figure in the Michigan Tech defense appearing in 86 career games.  He has scored one goal and added seven assists for eight total points in his career.