BME Team Finishes Third at Coulter College Competition!

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Coulter Team

Representing Lawrence Tech at the Coulter College competition in Florida were (L-R) LTU faculty advisor Dr. Mansoor Nasir, Danielle Manley, Akram Alsamarae, Kaitlyn Tingley, Mateusz Koper, Amanda Bukhtia, and Stephen Krammin. At right is clinical advisor, Dr. Molly McClelland, an assistant professor at the University of Detroit Mercy.

Six students from the Biomedical Engineering Department were selected to participate in the Coulter College competition in Miami, Florida. The competition involved students working in teams to address an unmet clinical need. The students participated in a four day competition in which they addressed a problem and found a novel way to solve it. Students were mentored by experts in the Biomedical field and attended lectures pertaining to FDA regulations and intellectual property. On the final day of the competition, student teams pitched their ideas in a similar format to “Shark Tank.” Lawrence Tech. placed 3rd out of 19 schools and they won the popular vote! The experience helped students understand the various steps needed to execute an idea and allowed students to interact with experts in the Biomedical field.

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BMES Logo Contest

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Design a new logo for the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) and you can win $1000 and free registration for the 2015 BMES conference!

The BMES Executive Committee has decided it is time to refresh the Society’s 46-year-old logo, and would like to give BMES members the chance to participate in creating our new image.  


Submit your design for a new BMES Logo for a chance to win:

  • 1-year free BMES membership,
  • Free registration for BMES 2015 Annual Meeting
  • $1,000 cash prize

The contest will run from August 25, 2014 to September 30, 2014.


For more information:


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BMES Conference

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Two student groups are headed to San Antonio, Texas in October to the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) Conference to present their findings related to their senior projects.  Dan Greenshields, Rachael Porter, and Justin Killewald will present their poster on a Novel Design of an Anterior Cruciate Ligament for an Injury Prevention Brace.  Their team won an undergraduate student award for their submission of an extended abstract!  Akram Alsamarae and Lindsay Petku will present a poster related to Gait Analysis for Early Fall Prevention. Congratulations to both teams!

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Introducing High School Students to Biomedical Engineering through Summer Camps

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Dr. Mansoor Nasir along with Dr. Eric Meyer and Joseph Seta presented the following abstract at the ASEE Annual Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana in June.


Introducing High School Students to Biomedical Engineering through Summer Camps

Mansoor Nasir, Joeseph Seta, Eric G. Meyer

Summer camps provide many high school students their first opportunity to learn about various disciplines in the engineering profession. A week-long summer camp in Biomedical Engineering (BME) was used to introduce students to many of the topics that make up this discipline, and to engage them in learning through hands-on activities, discussions and lab tours. The BME topic areas that were covered in this summer camp were biomechanics, bioMEMS, medical imaging and medical sensors. Of the students that responded in the exit surveys, 71% of student rated the summer camp as good and 57% said that they will probably recommend the camp to others. Summer camps and outreach days for high school students can be an effective means for introducing young people to BME through tailored activities that used the resources available at the host academic institution.”


To read more: Summer Camp Abstract

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Dr. Meyer ASEE Abstract: Fostering Entrepreneurial Mindset

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Dr. Meyer presented the following abstract  at the ASEE Annual Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana in June. The paper focuses on two initiatives: fostering the entrepreneurial mindset in the first year introduction to engineering course and successfully combining discipline-specific courses into a multi-discipline course.

Combining Discipline-specific Introduction to Engineering Courses into a Single Multi-discipline Course to Foster the Entrepreneurial Mindset with Entrepreneurially Minded Learning

Andrew L. Gerhart, Donald D. Carpenter, Robert W. Fletcher, Eric G. Meyer

While most first year introduction to engineering courses focus on design and problem solving, at the same time familiarizing the student with basic technical content, very few also focus on the entrepreneurial mindset – a way of thinking increasingly required of engineers entering the workforce. Skills associated with the entrepreneurial mindset such as effective communication (written, verbal, and graphical), teamwork, ethics and ethical decision-making, customer awareness, persistence, creativity, innovation, time management, critical thinking, global awareness, self-directed research, life-long learning, learning through failure, tolerance for ambiguity, and estimation are as important in the workforce as technical aptitude. In fact, employer feedback has indicated that graduates with these skills are more highly sought than those with an overly technical education since technical engineering skills can be readily obtained on the job; the entrepreneurial mindset takes years of practice/refinement. Although students may eventually begin practicing many entrepreneurial mindset skills in the curriculum especially during a senior project sequence, it is paramount that the importance of the entrepreneurial mindset is stressed in the first year. This paper will include details of how to integrate all of the skills listed here into well-established design projects, homework, and active learning classroom modules in a first year engineering course using entrepreneurially minded learning. Informal interviews with students reveals successful implementation.


As the lines between engineering disciplines are becoming more blurry, employers also covet engineering graduates whose technical skills span a variety of disciplines. Engineers must work on teams that are diverse, and being able to understand and communicate the broad field of engineering is vital to success. Therefore, while completing an engineering degree, students need to become familiar with a multitude of engineering disciplines and work with students from many departments. This is not a new concept and many introduction to engineering courses are interdisciplinary. On the other hand, many colleges still contain only discipline-specific introduction to engineering courses. Over the past year and a half, Lawrence Technological University underwent a successful college-wide transition from many discipline-specific introduction to engineering courses to a multi-discipline course. This paper will outline keys to a successful transition including pitfalls to avoid and working with university administrators, faculty, and staff during the transition.

Read more: Abstract

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Welcome from Patricia Nahas, BMES President

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Dear BME Students,

My name is Patricia Nahas and I would like to officially welcome you to the 2014-2015 school
year at Lawrence Technological University. As this year’s BMES President I look forward to the
events the Biomedical Engineering Society is offering in the coming months. My main focus is
to introduce the benefits of BMES to new and current students of the BME program. BMES will
hold LTU chapter events to help students of every class further their knowledge of the field,
network with professionals as well as other students, get involved in charity, and give tours of
lab facilities. This organization also gives access to the BMES national chapter. This is a
valuable resource that informs you of the newest advancements in the industry. It gives you
access to job opportunities around the globe and offers educational lectures given by some of the
top innovators in the biomedical engineering community.

To join, go to:
BMES will hold monthly meetings. Here we will discuss coming events and look for people to
get involved. The other BMES officers and I have planned a few events with details to be
discussed at our first meeting held within the first month of the Fall 2014 semester. More
information will be sent via e-mail and updated on our blog once finalized.

If you would like more information come visit us at the followings events:

Discover Days Organization Showcase
Monday, August 25th
Buell Management Building

Welcome Week Organization Fair
Tuesday, September 2nd
Buell Management Building

BMES Barbeque
Thursday, September 4th
Location: TBD

 Read more about the BMES officers… Welcome Letter!

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Biomedical Engineering 75th Anniversary Symposium

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Here is an opportunity to attend a Biomechanics/Biomedical Engineering conference in Detroit this Thursday-Saturday. It is FREE for students to register!

Dr. Meyer will be presenting at this symposium at 1:30 pm on  Thursday.

Dr. Li will be presenting as well at 2:45 pm on Thursday.

“To celebrate 75 years of excellence and to move injury research forward over the next 75 years, we invite you to join us August 14-16, 2014 for an international symposium on injury research in downtown Detroit.”

Some of the events highlights include:

  • Recent Developments in Active and Passive Safety and Collision Avoidance
  • Mechanisms, Diagnosis and Treatment of Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Biomechanics and Prevention of Blast Trauma in the Military
  • Regenerative Medicine and Tissue Engineering
  • Sports Injuries/Concussion
  • Motor Vehicle Safety Injury Prevention Technology (Including military vehicles)
  • Motor Vehicle Safety Injury Biomechanics

Register Here:

Dr. Eric Meyer, Dr. Yawen Li

Stephen Osterhoff Wins 2014 Distinguished Graduate Award

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Stephen Osterhoff was honored at President’s Banquet. Also in the picture are LTU President Virinder Moudgil, Dr. Mansoor Nasir and Dr. Nabil Grace.


Biomedical Engineering student Stephen Osterhoff (Class of ’14) is the 2014 male recipient of the Ed Donley Distinguished Graduate Awards presented annually by the LTU Alumni Association to one male and one female graduating student for excellence in academic, community, and campus leadership.

Stephen graduated from biomedical engineering program at LTU. He was the president of the Alpha Eta Mu Beta Biomedical Engineering Honor Society, a member of the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society, and the recipient of the 2014 Biomedical Engineering Outstanding Student Award. He also participated in the 2012 Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition and volunteered at Robofest events.

This year Stephen completed research on low-cost microfluidic devices with Dr. Mansoor Nasir while maintaining an internship at Terumo. The research work was presented during 2014 LTU Research Day. Stephen was honored during the President Banquet on April 2nd, at Shriners Silver Garden Events Center.

He is employed by Terumo Cardiovascular Systems and plans to pursue a master’s in electrical engineering.

The annual award was established in 2002 and renamed in honor of Ed Donley, BME’43, in recognition of his extraordinary leadership and philanthropic contributions. The two recipients receive a gold signet ring courtesy of Balfour Artcarved Rings.


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Time to Fly to Miami – BME Student Team Members

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L to R: Stephen Krammin, Mateusz Koper, Akram Alsamarae, Danielle Manley, Dr. Mansoor Nasir (Faculty Lead), Amanda Bukhtia, Dr. Molly McClelland (Clinical Collaborator, UD Mercy). Not pictured Kaitlyn Tingley

BMES Coulter College – Miami Fl. participants





We are excited to announce that the Biomedical Engineering team members will participate in the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) Coulter College Program August 14th – 17th, 2014. The program will be held at the Hyatt Regency Coral Gables in Coral Gables, Florida.

Coulter College is a training program focused on translation of biomedical innovations. Student design teams are guided by faculty and clinical experts through a highly dynamic process designed to help them better understand how innovations can meet clinical needs, while providing tools and approaches used to evolve identified problems into novel solutions. The program is supported by the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation. Continue reading this entry »

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Wearable Sensor Technology and MEMS

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May 1st, 2014 @ 2pm in E101

Integrated Microtechnologies Systems (IMS) Lab  

IMS lab group is focused on developing new technologies to address current and emerging grand challenges facing our society in the 21st century including global healthcare, food and water safety, biosecurity, and sustainable energy. Their goal is to create systems and platforms that are portable, easy to use and provide enhanced functionality over conventional technologies. The research is very multidisciplinary, involving the utilization and integration of multiple technological platforms including micro-electrical-mechanical systems (MEMS), microfluidics, biosensors, nanotechnology, molecular biology, surface chemistry and electronics.

Dr. Peter Lillihoj,

Peter Lillehoj is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and an Adjunct Professor in the Institute of International Health at Michigan State University. His work focuses on the development of microsystems for current and emerging applications in clinical diagnosis, biosecurity and food/water safety. He also has interests in the development of simple and low-cost technologies for sample preparation & bioprocessing and innovative approaches to manufacture disposable biosensors for global healthcare diagnostics. In January 2014, Dr. Lillihoj was awarded $400,000 through NSF career grant to advance research on innovative wearable biosensors that can be used to detect illnesses and monitor health. He received three degrees in mechanical engineering: a B.S. from Johns Hopkins University (2006) and an M.S. (2007) and Ph.D. (2011) from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Host: Dr. Mansoor Nasir

Please contact Dr. Mansoor Nasir ( with questions or for more information.

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