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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

LTU BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING TEAM

BMES COULTER COLLEGE

AUGUST 14TH THRU AUGUST 17

!!GOOOO TEAM!!

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 »

BME NEWSLETTER FALL 2013

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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!

2013 MICH BIO EXPO!

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IT’S TIME FOR A ROAD TRIP PEOPLE!!

MICHBIO

MichBio’s annual biosciences College Program will be taking place October 16th from 9:00 am – 12:30 pm at the Radisson Plaza Hotel in Kalamazoo, MI.  The College Program offers students insightful, career-building advice from knowledgeable industry experts on such topics as:

  • What bioscience companies look for in a potential candidate;
  • How to sell skills through résumés and applications;
  • How to make a memorable and impactful interview;
  • Why industry networking and social media during a job search matter; and,
  • Case studies on what it is like to work for a small, large, or emerging bioscience company.

If you would like to attend the two day event, your cost would be $29 and you can just use the main link to MichBio to register.

If the students would like to attend only the College Program on Wednesday, October 16 the Office of Career Services will need a list of students who will be attending and if they need transportation. Please email ltuocs@ltu.edu as soon as possible so we can make arrangements. All information may be found at:

http://michbio.org/displaycommon.cfm?an=1&subarticlenbr=331. 

Lawrence Tech wins $50,000 DENSO grant for new bio-robotics lab

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SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – The DENSO North America Foundation has awarded $50,000 to Lawrence Technological University (LTU) to help create a new multi-disciplinary bio-robotics lab that will benefit students in two growing bachelor’s degree programs in biomedical engineering and robotics engineering. Students in traditional programs in electrical and computer engineering and mechanical engineering will also benefit…

To read more about this exciting development, click this link: Lawrence Tech wins $50,000 DENSO grant for new bio-robotics lab.

In Pursuit of the Dream

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Bhavika Patel, Biomedical Engineering Senior

Bahavika Patel

This summer I had the wonderful opportunity of conducting neuro-engineering research at New Jersey Institute of Technology. This National Science Foundation-funded Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU) program was one-of-a-kind research experience. My team and I had the pleasure of working under the direction of NJIT professor who is doing pioneering research in neuro-engineering, It’s burgeoning field that uses engineering to analyze, repair, or enhance the nervous system.

Neurite Outgrowth

Neurite Outgrowth

My team’s project is entitled “Encapsulation of Schwann cells for Neurite Outgrowth in a Microfluidic Device”. Our study explored the effectiveness of Schwann cell (SC) microencapsulation for Growth Fact or (GF) release using a microfluidic device for simplified analysis. SC surrounded in a polyelectrolyte membrane, Alginate-Poly-L-Lyine-Alginate (APA), were co-cultured with PC12 cells to model neurite formation. Results showed that microencapsulated SC elicited neurite outgrowth and neural cell differentiation in-vitro. This showed that microencapsulated Schwann cells secrete enough Nerve Growth Factor (NGF) to induce nerve growth. SC encapsulated in APA have yet to be studied in relation to how they differentiate neural cells. This study has showed that after encapsulating SC in APA spheres the SC were able to induce neurite outgrowth from PC12 cells. This concept can be applied to the treatment of nerve regeneration in patients affected by neuropathy.

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program focused on introducing students to the research process and, at end, it provided a very satisfactory hand-on experience. It taught me to become more independent and intellectual thinkers, and helped me to excel in written, visual, and oral scientific communication.

Attention Seniors: Employee Forum 9/18th & 9/19th

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A note from the Biomedical Engineering office:

The semester has started off with energy and high expectations. We hope that you are well. Dr. Jensen wanted me to pass along some important information sent to us by Career Services, and our own President Moudgil.

On September 18th and 19th, Career Services will be holding an event in the Engineering Building. Employers will be interviewing students who have made reservations through Career Quest. If you are interested in participating in this event, go to your Blackboard portal to register through your Career Quest account to be given an audience by representatives from Gestamp North America Inc., Hittachi Automotive Systems, ESG Automotive Inc., and Yazaki.

Yes, you do have a Career Quest account. If you have a Blackboard account… you have a Career Quest Account !! We are surprised that many students don’t know this.

Register for this event by logging into to your Blackboard account, Click on the Career Services tab at the top right, and this will take you to the “Services for Students” page, next, click on the Career Services Logo and this will open up a page that prompts you to log onto your Career Quest account. Follow the links to register.

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this event you will be able to speak directly with industry experts about ANYTHING! Ask questions about careers, resume, cover letters, or anything about the employment process. These chats are brief 15 minute discussions, so work on your pitch, and be the golden Biomedical Engineer that you are.

Go for it! Even if you feel you are not ready to jump into the work force, this is a great opportunity to rehearse for the “real world”. More to come have a great semester.

Best regards,
Bridgett Bailiff
Secretary, Biomedical Engineering

 

 

2013 Life Sciences Poster Display

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BME Newsletter April 2013

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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

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