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KEEN Provides a Grant to Update BME Courses

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Dr. Meyer and Dr. Nasir have been working on updating some key courses of the BME curriculum to give students more real world examples of BME related topics. One of these topics is the improvement and development of quantified self (QS) devices. These devices are a result of the public wanting to keep track of their personal health using hand held devices that monitor their: heart rate, calories burned, speed, steps taken and many other data points that monitor your performance. KEEN has provided a grant to Dr. Meyer and Dr. Nasir to improve the BME curriculum using QS. Students will be exposed to new ideas and technologies throughout their courses at LTU. The professors are trying to get students to look at and solve real world problems with confidence in their early years in the BME program. With help from KEEN, they can now provide the knowledge required to provide new projects in the classroom to better prepare students.

 

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http://qs4eml.ltu.edu/ (QS Project)

http://keennetwork.org/blog/?p=2580 (KEEN Blog Post)

Orthopedics class tours local hospitals

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Students from the BME elective “Engineering Applications in Orthopedics” recently toured two Orthopedic Research Labs at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit and Providence Hospital in Southfield.

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BME Presentations and Posters at LTU Research Day 2015

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Lawrence Technological University’s Research Day is an annual event held to bring faculty and students together to foster a culture of interdisciplinary research. This year, the Biomedical Engineering department had three presentations and three posters on display for Research Day 2015.

Presentations given:

“Gait Analysis for Early Fall Prediction”
Mansoor Nasir, PhD, Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering, College of Engineering
Akram AlSamarae, BS Biomedical Engineering, College of Engineering
Lindsay Petku, BS Biomedical Engineering, College of Engineering

“Increased Primary Stability and Bone-Implant Contact with a Novel Osteotomy Preparation Technique Termed Osseodensification”
Eric Meyer, PhD, Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering, College of Engineering
Daniel Greenshields, MS in Mechanical Engineering Candidate, College of Engineering
Salah Huwais, DDS, School of Dentistry, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota

“Application of Piezoelectric Polymer Film to Sensing and Actuation within Microfluidic Systems”
Michael Moeller, BS Biomedical Engineering, College of Engineering
Mansoor Nasir, PhD, Assist Professor, Biomedical Engineering, College of Engineering
James A. Mynderse, PhD, Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering

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Posters on display:

“Additive Manufacturing as a Viable Alternative for Production of Stainless Steel Tools”
Kevin Mozurkewich, BS in Biomedical Engineering Candidate, College of Engineering
Eric Meyer, PhD, Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering, College of Engineering

“Effect of Industrial Projectile Impact on a Surrogate Head-Form: Implications for Industrial Work Injuries”
Akram Alsamarae, BS Biomedical Engineering, College of Engineering
Brian Weaver, BS Biomedical Engineering, College of Engineering
Stephanie Rossman, Doctor of Engineering Candidate, Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering
Eric Meyer, PhD, Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering, College of Engineering

“Novel Design of an Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Injury Prevention Brace”
Daniel Greenshields, MS in Mechanical Engineering Candidate, College of Engineering
Rachel Porter, BS in Biomedical Engineering Candidate, College of Engineering
Justin Killewald, BS in Biomedical Engineering Candidate, College of Engineering
Eric Meyer, PhD, Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering, College of Engineering

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LTU to host workshop for BME faculty

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Lawrence Tech and Bucknell are pleased to announce a workshop that explores how entrepreneurially minded learning can be embedded into the biomedical curriculum through presentations, case studies, and networking.

Innovating Curriculum with Entrepreneurial-Mindset
Focused on Biomedical Engineering
March 27, 2015

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Highlights from network institutions including Lawrence Tech, Bucknell, Union, WPI and more will be shared along with examples of courses, internships, and co-curricular experiences.

The cost is free and hotel accommodations will be provided for KEEN University faculty.
Sponsored by the Kern Family Foundation.

engineeringworldhealth: Summer Institute Application Packet for 2015 is OPEN

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EWH Summer Institute

Put your Engineering Skills to Work in the Developing World

Nicaragua–Tanzania–Rwanda

Saving Equipment =Saving Lives

A Different kind of Summer: The EWH Summer institute is a two month program where engineers live in a developing country with a local family, learn hands-on skills and a new language, and use those newly acquired technical skills to improve health care in the community. We are currently offering  programs in Nicaragua, Tanzania, and Rwanda.Click here for an overview of this program:

Top University-Designed Engineering Courses:

The first month is spent learning the knowledge and skills necessary to successfully work in a hospital in the developing world. The text book and laboratory excercises were developed by Duke University and Texas A&M University, and are taught by instructors with decades of experience working on equipment in the developing world. You can even receive course credit towards your degree: Email sl@ewh.org for more details.

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The deadline to apply for the coming summer is January 26th, 2015.

EngineeringWorldHealthSTUDENTS Summer Institute Participants Write:”All in all, I cannot express my gratitude enough. Being in Africa for two months alone was the experience of a lifetime, but actually being ale to work in the hospital hands-on changed the way I view the world forever.”
“More than anything else, my summer experience in Nicaragua has motivated me to try to seek out more opportunities to work in global health in my future.”
“I found and appreciated the engineer in me.”

BME Courses Updated to Include an Entrepreneurial Perspective

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Biomedical Engineering students at Lawrence Tech. are getting a head-start into an entrepreneurial mindset through a KEEN grant. Dr. Eric Meyer and Dr. Mansoor Nasir are teaching fundamental engineering courses from a new entrepreneurial perspective.  Devices like Fitbit and iHealth have created a “Quantified Self” craze. Using these types of devices is an ideal way to teach entrepreneurial fundamentals.  Students are assigned open-ended problems  just like the real-world where solutions are never simple or straightforward (by howard). According to Dr. Meyer, “We are modifying courses across the curriculum to train students to stop thinking only like an engineer or scientist and to start thinking like a product developer.”

To read the full magazine article: http://www.flipmall.net/publishers/140922/keenzine_2/

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!

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

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

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.org
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
12:30pm-2:00pm
Buell Management Building

Welcome Week Organization Fair
Tuesday, September 2nd
12:00pm-2:00pm
Buell Management Building

BMES Barbeque
Thursday, September 4th
11:30am-1:30pm
Location: TBD

 Read more about the BMES officers… Welcome Letter!

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