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Lawrence Tech Biomedical Enigineering Faculty
 Dr. Nasir Manssor talks about

the Biomedical Engineering Senior

Projects and the collaboration between

Gorden Maniere (Advanced Amputee Solutions)

and the Biomedical Engineering students.

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Biomedical Entrepreneurship Seminar February 19th, room E104 @ 1pm

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Paul Angott

Paul Angott, President and Founder FirstSense Medical, LLC

Lawrence Technological University & the Biomedical Engineering Program welcomes Paul Angott and FirstSense Medical. Join the seminar in the Engineering Building room E104 at 1:00 p.m.

FirstSense Medical
FirstSense core technology is an automated device for thermal detection of breast cancer. The breast exam can detect lumps as small as one centimeter at a cost much less than digital mammography and with 95 percent accuracy. The exam is painless, radiation-free, takes less than seven minutes and can be done in a doctor’s office. The company plans to apply for FDA approval in December and have the device on the market by June 2014.
Paul Angott,
Mr. Angott is the President and founder of FirstSense Medical. He is an entrepreneur with broad business experience in management, technical innovation and sales and marketing, including building national sales organizations. He has established five companies, has 40 patents and has developed products for wireless and laser technology, residential security, and home products. Angott’s products can be found in 3,000+ retail accounts such as Home Depot, Lowes and Sears and $100 million of his patented products have been sold. Two of his companies were successfully sold, with investors receiving returns of 3:1 and 15:1. Angott was named 2011 Entrepreneur of the Year by Automation Alley, Michigan’s largest technology business association. He began his career at Michigan Bell managing a data processing center and was a management consultant for Touché Ross (now Deloitte) before establishing his first company. Angott received a B.S. in Engineering Science from Oakland University.
Hosts: Dr. Mansoor Nasir & Dr. Eric Meyer
Please contact Dr. Mansoor Nasir (mnasir@ltu.edu) with questions or for more information.

Once again we say…Welcome Back

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Front row: Interim Director Dr.Elin Jensen, Faculty Yawen Li, 2ndRow Administrative support Bridgett Bailiff, Faculty Dr. Eric Meyer, Dr. Mansoor Nasir, and Dr. Jeff Morrissette

The biomedical engineering and life science faculty have been busy this past summer implementing new activities and opportunities for our freshman through senior students.  Returning students have noticed that room E108 – Bioinstrumentation Lab now has a new look.  The biomechanics gait analysis laboratory has secured funding from the DENSO Foundation to support research in human and machine interaction (see story on page xx).  We are very excited about this collaboration with the electrical engineering and robotic engineering programs.  Freshman students are enjoying working in the new collaboration space in room E109.   When you are on your way to the Environmental Scanning Electron Microscope or the BioMEMS laboratories, stop by to check out the new learning environment.

The Life Science Advisory Board welcomes two new members.  Mrs. Janelle Schrot from Materilize (MIMICS suite) and Dr. Ren You from Terumo Heart Inc. We look forward to working with these members and organizations as we continue to improve and expand the biomedical engineering program.

Finally, the biomedical engineering program thanks all the students and alumni who accepted the invitation to participate in the focus group meetings in the spring semester.  The focus groups provided valuable input on the needs and expectations of program graduates.  The biomedical engineering program educational objectives articulate the expected capabilities of graduates 3 to 5 years after graduation and they are:

  1. Graduates of the BSBME program apply foundational sciences and a wide range of engineering principles in order to lead cross-functional teams developing, designing, and verifying the function of medical technologies and services.   
  2.  Graduates of the BSBME program conduct translational biomedical engineering research while adhering to government compliance requirements and regulatory protocols.
  3.  Graduates of the BSBME program exhibit and demand the highest ethical and safety standards in their research and profession.
  4.  Graduates of the BSBME program are contributing members of the profession and society, and stay informed of current research and professional developments through advanced graduate studies and life-long education.

Enjoy your fall semester and your journey in discovering Lawrence Technological University!

Dr. Eric Meyers says this might be of interest to you

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Please review. One of the listings requires a Master’s Degree. So you might not have one just yet, but it’s always good to know what employers are looking for…

Research Engineer – Orthopaedic Biomechanics – Henry Ford Hospital (Detroit, MI)

The motion analysis laboratory at Henry Ford Hospital is seeking a full-time research engineer. The ideal candidate will have a background in biomedical or mechanical engineering and a strong interest in the biomechanics of human movement. This individual will be involved with all aspects of research being conducted in the motion analysis laboratory. Responsibilities include project planning, patient testing, data analysis, statistical analysis, and manuscript preparation. A masters degree and experience in orthopaedic research, human movement analysis, sports biomechanics or motor control are desirable. Experience with computer programming or laboratory equipment design are desirable but not required.

The motion analysis laboratory includes a biplane x-ray digital imaging system for high-speed analysis of dynamic in-vivo joint function, two 1000 frame/s digital video cameras, a 5-camera 240 frame/s 3D video-motion analysis system, force platforms, EMG, and extensive computer hardware/software for data collection and visualization. Primary research interests are in orthopaedic/sports biomechanics as related to joint and soft-tissue function, disease, injury and repair.

The position is available immediately and will be filled as soon as an appropriate candidate is identified. Salary is competitive and based on experience with an excellent benefits package. Interested and qualified applicants should send a letter, curriculum vitae or resume, and names and contact information for at least three references to the address listed below. E-mail applications can be sent to the address listed below. Henry Ford Health System is an AA/EO Employer.

Michael J. Bey, PhD
Henry Ford Health System
Bone and Joint Center; ER2015
2799 W. Grand Blvd.
Detroit, MI 48202
www.henryfordboneandjointcenter.com
bey@bjc.hfh.edu

Here is the Second posting…

Eric Rohr

Biomechanics Research Associate – Brooks Sports Human Performance Lab Seattle, WA

As our Biomechanics Research Associate, you’ll carry out the research and development of our footwear and apparel products, executing research projects to develop the best in class product in regards to performance, fit, comfort and injury prevention. You will become a resident expert of all the biomechanical and mechanical testing done in our state of the art Human Performance Lab, and will participate in development of new tools, methods and procedures that will streamline data analysis. You will participate in projects that will require collaborative work with the innovation, design, development, and merchandising teams to bring to life relevant consumer insights and integrate them into our product line, to provide running products that are desired by our customers.

Your Responsibilities:
§ Proficiency in lower extremity anatomy, physiology and biomechanics of running/walking
§ Understand basic running shoe design features and components preferred
§ Be responsible for biomechanical lab testing (3D motion analysis, high speed video, plantar pressure systems) including subject preparation, data collection, data analysis and development of reports using MS Office Suite software
§ Perform mechanical lab testing of polymeric materials, components, and product (shoes and apparel).
§ Update and expand database of all current Brooks biomechanics test methods and benchmark against industry standards
§ Improve existing test methods primarily via automation of data processing
§ Responsible for reporting validation test results to provide guidance and direction to the design, development, innovation and merchandising teams. This involves possessing the understanding and knowledge to correlate wear test, mechanical and biomechanical test results into a comprehensive understanding of the performance of our running products in relation to comfort, fit, efficiency, and injury prevention.
§ Assist in the development of new test procedures including multisegment foot models, full body modeling

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and other biomechanics models necessary to expand our testing abilities
§ Contribute to learning opportunities for the footwear team through periodic presentations of new research and developments in performance testing and biomechanics of footwear design
§ Contribute to visibility of lab expertise and developments through periodic tours and demonstrations
§ Participate in biomechanical projects to research new areas in footwear and apparel design and improve biomechanical performance of our products.

Qualifications:
• M.Sc. in Biomechanics, or related field including Engineering, Kinesiology, Physiology, Exercise Science, Human Factors, or Ergonomics.
• 2-3 years’ experience in lieu of a graduate degree.
• Possess a thorough understanding of anatomy, physiology, biomechanics of running, biomechanical principles and experimental design and statistical methods.
• Demonstrate an understanding of performance and injury mechanisms for running.
• Experience in use of biomechanics systems for analyzing running/walking gait (3D mocap systems (Motion Analysis, Vicon, Qualysis), Visual 3D, plantar pressure systems (Novel, Tekscan))
• Experience in writing programs (matlab, visual 3D, Labview, C/C++) is a plus
• Exposure to industrial research experience is a plus.
• Knowledge of footwear and product creation processes is a plus
• Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously
• Computer proficiency with office software; MS Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint.
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills, demonstrating effective listening through concise, clear verbal and written communication.
• Excellent interpersonal skills that inspire and build trust resulting in effective working relationships across the company.
• Demonstration of innovation and initiative – always looking at improving our products and processes while also displaying a willingness to dive into the details and help out wherever necessary.
• Passionate participation in Brooks’ sports activities a plus, overridden by the ability to understand and empathize with the runner in order to develop loyal, engaging relationships with our customers and the Brooks community.
• Embraces and lives the Brooks values!

Please apply at:
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http://brks.co/BrooksCareers

Lawrence Tech Researchers Take Multifaceted Approach to Fixing Knees

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Yawen Li

Eric Meyer

Dr. Yawen Li and Dr. Eric Meyer
College of Engineering
Biomedical Engineering Faculty
Lawrence Technological University

Each year an estimated 200,000 people in the United States suffer
painful and potentially debilitating anterior cruciate ligament (ACL)
tears in their knees, and that number is growing annually. Researchers
at Lawrence Technological University are looking for better methods for
repairing the damage, as well as preventing the injuries from occurring
in the first place.

The ACL connects the femur and tibia in the knee and provides
stabilization during motion. ACL tears have become a common sports
injury that can signal the end of a season or even the end of an
athlete’s career. Such injuries are also common among the elderly.

Two LTU professors and their students are examining ways to reduce the
impact of this injury. Assistant Professor Eric Meyer believes a better
understanding of the biomechanical causes of ACL tears can reduce the
number of injuries, while Assistant Professor Yawen Li is using tissue
engineering to regenerate ACL ligament tissue that could make surgical
repairs both less invasive and more effective.

Read more…http://ww2.esd.org/_TC/TCv17n3.pdf

LTU ENTREPRENURIAL COLLABORATORY BRINGS BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES TO CAMPUS

Last spring, as they prepared to complete bachelor’s degrees in biomedical engineering at Lawrence Technological University (LTU), Kevin Roberts and Katelyn Fortin developed a shoe insert. The insert was made to help runners avoid shin splints and other injuries caused by putting too much weight on the heel when striking the pavement.
In keeping with LTU’s “theory and practice” approach to education, many engineering students create a product for their senior project. Mr. Roberts and Ms. Fortin studied trends in running-shoe sales, looked at the biomechanics of foot and ankle function, and consulted faculty advisor Eric Meyer about their idea for a training device that would help transfer more weight to the front of the foot. The students were focused on completing the project for graduation and were ready to leave it at that. “I just

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would have taken the grade and forgotten about the idea,” said Mr. Roberts.
That changed after a meeting last fall with Tech Highway consultant Paul Garko, an LTU alumnus who is part of the LTU Entrepreneurial Collaboratory. With his guidance, they developed a business plan and applied for a patent. “They got us to think about it as a sellable product,” said Mr. Roberts of the problem-solving approach the Collaboratory consultants provided. “They shaped the project in the direction it needed to go.”
Mr. Roberts and Ms. Fortin went back to the drawing board to resolve problems with the design and then tackled commercialization issues. Finalizing the design will take about a year, and then they hope to have a marketable product ready to show investors. As part of the Collaboratory’s emphasis on using a target customer to test the product under development, Mr. Garko found a running club whose members were willing to train with the shoe insert.

Read more…http://ww2.esd.org/_TC/TCv18n1.pdf

Footwear Properties and Football Injuries

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FootwareExcessive rotational traction that occurs at the interface between the shoe and the playing surface, as well as shoe properties such as rotational stiffness, may have the potential to influence the high incidence of lower extremity injuries in athletes.

By Feng Wei, PhD, and Eric G. Meyer, PhD

American football is one of the most popular sports in the United States. In 2010 more than 1.1 million male high school athletes from more than 14,000 high schools and more than 66,000 male collegiate athletes played football. Participation in high school football has been continuously increasing, with more than 100,000 additional participants (a 12.2% increase) between 1997 and 2007. Football is also a leading cause of sports-related injuries. Out of all high school sports, football has the highest overall injury rate, almost twice that of basketball. Reports estimate that more than 300,000 high school athletes sustain football-related injuries annually…read more. Dr. Meyer

Computer Science Project with the EBL Vicon System

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Jeremy Quinlin’s description of the work:
The demo reel consists of animations rendered in Autodesk MotionBuilder 2011/2012.

We recorded my motions using the motion capture program, Vicon Nexus. I was set up in a motion capture suit, complete with reflective spheres that only reflected light straight out. We recorded my motion using multiple cameras in a circle, with me in the middle. Each camera had LEDs around the lenses, which they would detect when reflected off the spheres. By combining what markers each camera sees, the program was able to extrapolate three dimensional data in real time. I was then able to sift though the raw data and fill in some of the marker gaps that the program missed.

I then took a pre-made model created by a member in our team and constructed a skeletal structure for the model in Autodesk 3ds Max. I used a skin modifier and selected the envelopes (the bones). Utilizing different weights, I bound the model to the skeletal structure, doing my best to make sure the stretching of the model looked right. This was easily the longest part of the process as it took awhile to determine the right amount of weight a bone component has over a particular polygon. The time it took was then increased when I was given a higher polygon count model. After i was finished with the bone structure and skin modifier, I then exported it to Autodesk MotionBuilder.

I then mapped an actor onto the bone structure, and then took the data from Nexus and mapped it to that actor. The actor was then driven by the motion capture data, which was mapped to the bone structure, which was rigged up to the model. The result was a model mimicking my own movements. I loaded up each individual animation and rendered them separately and combined them afterwards once I was happy with the results. Dr. Eric Meyer

New Student Research Project

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Student Type: Undergraduate

Lab Information: Experimental Biomechanics Laboratory – The goal of our laboratory is to advance experimental biomechanics understanding by providing practical training to engineering and medical students and advancing the boundary of knowledge through applied basic

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science research. To achieve these goals we combine in vivo testing of human and animal subjects with cadaver and surrogate in vitro models to understand injury mechanisms and predict failure risk. Finally, our lab collaborates with clinicians to develop preventative and regenerative treatments for soft tissue damage and degeneration.

Educational Level: At least 60 credits towards a Bachelors Degree in Biomedical, Mechanical, or Robotics Engineering, or related discipline at LTU. Experience with Vicon Motion Analysis system and biomechanics is preferred.

Scope of Project: Work with the Director, other graduate and undergraduate assistants as well as external orthopedic surgeons to complete the measurement of shoulder range of motion prior to and following a total joint reconstruction surgery simulation. The applicant will be self-motivated and willing to commit to at least 40 hours of work over the course of 2-3 months and represent themselves and the EBL to their utmost capabilities. Assist in data collection in the laboratory and provide proper documentation and organization of the collected data. Assist in professional communication, such as scientific abstract and journal preparation. This is not a paid position, but would ideally work as a formal volunteer project (ie. Quest Project) and has the potential to lead to a paid position at its conclusion.

Application Process: Please submit a resume with your educational experience, related work experience, relevant skills, and professional goals to emeyer@ltu.edu. Following our internal selection process, qualified applicants will be contacted for an interview.

Dr. Meyer Publishes a Chapter in Book

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The Knee: Current Concepts in Kinematics, Injury Types, and Treatment Options

Editors: Randy Mascarenhas (University of Manitoba, Canada)

Book Description:
Knee injuries are common occurrences that affect the young active population and can lead to subsequent long term joint degeneration. This book provides an overview of current research examining knee injury mechanisms, prevention, and treatment options. Detailed discussions are included related to current treatment options for ACL injury, PCL injury, meniscal tears, patellofemoral instability, and combined knee pathology. Additionally, current advances in tissue engineering in ACL reconstruction and results following transphyseal ACL reconstruction in adolescents are examined. Furthermore, biomechanical studies and computerized modeling techniques are highlighted as methods for determining the mechanisms and sequelae of knee injuries, thus aiding in the development

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of injury prevention programs. (Imprint: Nova Biomedical)

Chapter 1. Biomechanical Response of the Knee in Sports Injury Scenarios
(Eric G. Meyer and Roger C. Haut)

International Research Council on the Biomechanics of Impact Conference

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Dr. Meyer recently presented his research at the International Research Council on the Biomechanics of Impact Conference in Dublin, Ireland.

Abstract: High ankle sprains represent a severe injury in sports. External foot rotation is suspected in these cases, but the mechanism of injury remains unclear. The objective of the current study was to integrate in vitro and in vivo experiments along with computational models based on rigid bone surfaces and deformable ligaments of the ankle to investigate the external foot rotation injury mechanism with different shoe constraints and ankle positioning. Injuries and the highest strains occurred in the anterior deltoid ligament (ADL) when the foot was held in neutral with athletic tape. Similarly, ADL strains were highest when a football shoe design with a high rotational stiffness was used to constrain the foot. For a flexible shoe, the anterior tibiofibular ligament (ATiFL) strain was increased and ATiFL injury occurred due to increased talar eversion. In human subjects performing a similar movement, the highest strains also occurred in the ATiFL and ADL. The models showed that ATiFL strain was positively correlated with ankle eversion, but eversion decreased strain in the ADL. Finally, the consequence of eversion on ATiFL strain was confirmed in the first cadaver study that consistently generated high ankle sprains in the laboratory.

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