As a Hendrix student, Dr. Sandy Halliburton '94 worked as a research
assistant for physics professor Dr. Robert Dunn. That experience led to a
National Science Foundation fellowship, along with a stipend and three years of
paid tuition expenses at Vanderbilt University, where she earned her master's
degree and doctorate in biomedical engineering. She also received a training
grant from the National Institutes of Health during her time at Vanderbilt,
where she was a member of Tau Beta Pi, the engineering honor society. Her
master's thesis and doctoral dissertation focused on magnetic resonance imaging
(MRI). Her research, along with the emerging cardiac computed tomography (CT)
technology, gave shape to her post-graduate career.
Since 1999, Halliburton has worked as a cardiac imaging scientist at the
Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio, where she develops and implements novel and
state-of-the-art CT imaging and post-processing techniques for clinical cardiac
studies. She helps medical teams understand the technical aspects of the imaging
equipment so that physicians can get more diagnostic value out of cardiac CT
images. Halliburton has become the go-to person for education on new CT
technology, as she routinely gives tech talks to cardiologists and radiologists
at medical conferences around the world.
Students like her have discovered their calling and followed their passions
at Hendrix for more than 137 years.
That's why Hendrix is among a select group of schools included in the book
Colleges That Change Lives by former New York Times education editor Loren Pope.
Hendrix has been among the schools selected for each edition of the book since
it was first published in 1996.