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IEEE SEM Conference 2017

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Dr. Nasir was a panel speaker at IEEE Southeast Michigan (SEM) chapters 2017 Annual conference. The topic was Ethics in Engineering, Science and Technology, in recognition of the difficulty in a modern world of fulfilling multiple and sometimes conflicting moral obligations to different parties. The keynote speaker was John C. Havens, Executive Director of the IEEE Global Initiative for Ethical Considerations in Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Systems, who made a passionate appeal for Ethical considerations to be at the front end of Engineering Design.

Dr. Nasir talked about the need for students to be exposed to the ethical issues and engineering best practices. Biomedical engineers at LTU are required to take BME Best Practices (BME 3002) which covers many of the relevant topics. The topic of privacy and security of personal health data is also of relevance to Wearable Technology, which is being covered by BME 4903-02, Wearable Technology Studio, this semester.

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BME Career Conference at Wayne State University

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More information can be found here:

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Michigan Academy 2018 Conference

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The Michigan Academy (themichiganacademy.orgholds a local conference that takes place each year somewhere in Michigan. Every year, a few LTU faculty and students present education and research related work at this conference. Students working on senior or research projects are encouraged to submit an abstract. This year the conference will be on Friday, March 9, 2018 in Central Michigan University , Mt. Pleasant,  MI.

CALL FOR PAPERS: To view the Call for Papers go to our website  and click on “Conference Information” located in the right toolbar. You may also use this link to be directed to our Google Drive account: Call for Papers (Please log out of all Google accounts before clicking this link.)

EARLY SUBMISSION DEADLINE:  December 8, 2017  If you submit an abstract by 12/8/16, you will have a chance to win free conference registration ($70 value for faculty/others or $90 for students).

SUBMIT A 200 WORD ABSTRACT:  Use this link to submit your 200 word abstract: Submit!

PRESENTERS:  Primarily Higher Education Faculty, Administrators, Librarians, Graduate Students, and Undergraduate Students. (Undergrads must have faculty sponsors!).

Annual BMES Conference Recap

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Lawrence Technological University was well-represented at the 2017 annual conference of the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES), held in October 11-14th, 2017 in Phoenix, Ariz.

On the research end, two master’s degree students, Nicole Ravenscroft and Andrew Lyzen, and two undergraduates, Angelica Guardia and Kathm Alismail, presented research posters.

Nicole reported her research on developing a microfabricated device for studying the toxicity of various agents to endothelial cells — the cells that line blood vessels. She also presented a poster about a microfluidic device to detect MRSA bacteria. Andrew presented his master’s research project on designing a bioreactor to promote differentiation of a certain type of stem cells, called mesenchymal stem cells, to regenerate cartilage. Angelica and Kathm presented their undergraduate research on developing a scaffold made of collagen, the body’s most abundant protein, for ligament tissue engineering.

Among faculty, Dr.  Nasir, presented two papers in the education track. The first was a poster on the importance of design and prototyping for biomedical engineers, and included classroom assignments developed by Dr. Nasir and Dr. Meyer, to practice these skills. This poster was among the handful of posters awarded “the best poster award” at the conference. The second was a presentation providing the unique nature of a collaboration between LTU and the University of Detroit Mercy to create senior capstone projects that produced prototype products to assist people with disabilities.

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LTU students present at the Biomaterials Day Symposium at University of Michigan

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On October 6, a group of BME students and two faculty members (Dr. Yawen Li and Dr. Michael Lancina) attended the Biomaterials Day Symposium sponsored by the Society of Biomaterials and hosted by the University of Michigan. The symposium has a keynote speaker (Dr. Bill Wagner from the University of Pittsburgh) and other invited speakers, industry and faculty career development panels centered on recent advances in biomaterials, and over 80 student oral/poster presentations. Over 200 undergraduates, graduate students, postdocs, and faculty from 17 universities in the upper midwest attended the one-day event.

Five LTU students (Nicole Ravenscroft, Andrew Lyzen, John Peponis, Angelica Guardia and Kathm Alismail) presented their research at the poster session, and had a lot of productive discussions with students and faculty from other universities. The symposium was a perfect venue for LTU students in the Advanced Biomaterials course ( BME 6213/5093) taught by Dr. Li this semester, to see research on this topic.

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LTU Faculty conduct Hands-on Workshop at ASEE Annual Conference

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Dr. Nasir and Dr. Meyer along with Dr. Michael Rust from Western New England University conducted a hands-on workshop at the 2017 American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) Annual Conference in Columbus, OH. The workshop in the BME division was titled “Hands-on activities for Prototyping and Ideation in Biomedical Engineering”. 

The faculty had prepared electronic kits containing open hardware and various sensors for the participants and shared how the kits can be incorporated in learning modules in classroom. The use of these types of kits promotes student-instructor interaction and builds confidence in students to create functional prototypes.

The workshop was attended by 11 participants and there was a healthy conversation during and after the workshop. The development of kits and learning modules is being supported by The Kern Entrepreneurship Education Network (KEEN) topical grant that Dr. Nasir and Dr. Meyer received last year.

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Microfluidics Symposium 2017 – University of Michigan

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The Microfluidics in Biomedical Sciences Training Program (MBSTP) is a National Institute of Health (NIH) / National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) funding training program that supports an interdisciplinary approach to graduate training that emphasizes biomedical microfluidics.

Every year they hold a symposium at University of Michigan focusing on Microfluidics and Lab-on-a-chip devices. This year’s symposium is on May 3rd, 2017 and the guest speaker is Dr. Stephen Quake (Stanford), who is a highly respected research scientist in this area. There is also a student poster session. The event is highly recommended from any BME students interested in learning about graduate research.

Please see the flyer for more details and how to register

SB3C Conference

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SB3C (Biomechanics, Bioengineering and Biotransport) conference is in Tuscon AZ from June 21-24, 2017. Students involved in research projects are highly encouraged to submit abstracts. Please contact your advisors.


1. BS-Level Student Paper Competition!  We recognize that the mid-January deadline can be problematic for undergraduate researchers, and will accept BS-Level Student Paper Competition entries through February 15th.  Note that this is only for the BS-Level entries; the deadline for the MS- and PhD-Level competition is the same as regular abstract submission.
Learn More About the Student Paper Competition

2. No presubmission required for the Undergraduate Design Competition!
Students entering the Undergraduate Design Competition no longer need to submit an intent-to-submit by the regular abstract deadline. They will only submit a final abstract by February 15, 2017 through the OASIS system.

3. Diversity Travel Award Application – Available Now!
The Diversity Travel Award applications are due by February 15, 2017 with expected notification of recipients near the time of abstract acceptance.

 

BMES 2017 CMBE Conference

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BMES 2016 Annual Meeting

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The BMES 2016 Annual Meeting is taking place from October 5-8th at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. LTU students and faculty will be representing the BME Department at our table. You can register and book your hotel here.

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