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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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Dr. Nasir and Dr. Meyer awarded a new KEEN Topical Grant

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Dr. Mansoor Nasir (PI) and Dr. Eric Meyer (Co-PI) were recently awarded a $25,000 grant by Kern Family Foundation (KFF) to develop a model for dissemination of entrepreneurial mindset in biomedical engineering.

The two faculty were the recipients of Kern Entrepreneur Education Network (KEEN) Topical grant in 2014 through which they developed modules for several courses focusing on the entrepreneurial skill set. The modules used the Quantified-self and Wearables as a theme for implementation. Eric and Mansoor

The following year (2015) the two faculty received funds through the KEEN Topical Subnet grant to organize three half-day workshops. After the first workshop on LTU campus, Dr. Nasir and Dr. Meyer took the Quantified-self ‘Roadshow’ to Bucknell and Ohio Northern Universities, where faculty and students were introduced to Theory and Practice of entrepreneurship.

The focus of the new grant is to specifically focus on broadening the scope of dissemination beyond the network through creation of digital and media resources. The faculty will work to integrate the LTU BME materials into the digital platform currently being developed by the KFF.

 

ONU Quantified Self Conference

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Dr. Nasir and Dr. Meyer attended a conference at Ohio Northern University on Quantified Self devices.

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Quantified-Self (QS) Roadshow – Bucknell Edition

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QS Roadshow 11/6/15Dr. Mansoor Nasir and Dr. Eric Meyer traveled to Bucknell University in beautiful Lewisburg, PA for the second QS Roadshow event on Nov. 6th, 2015. The workshop was attended by 9 faculty members from Lawrence Tech, Western New England (WNE)  and Bucknell Universities. The roadshow is part of a KEEN Topical Network Grant (PI: Dr. Mansoor Nasir) that is being leveraged to disseminate classroom resources for EML and student engagement around the QS theme. LTU is taking the lead in building the network of faculty and is sharing resources at a dedicated website qsl4eml.ltu.edu.

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Dr. Nasir and Dr. Meyer introduced the learning modules focusing on Entrepreneurial Mindset  Learning (EML) from various engineering and science fields to the attending faculty.

 

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The Dean of College of Engineering at Bucknell, Dr. Keith Buffinton, talked about entrepreneurship at Bucknell and the many opportunities available to the students to bring their ideas to fruition. Dr. Michael Rust, an Associate Professor from the Biomedical Engineering program at WNE, presented the EML module that he developed for his Sophomore level Fundamentals of Biomedical Engineering course.

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The half-day event also included a fabulous presentation by a guest speaker, Michael Levan, who is the founder of a local startup venture, Novipod. He specifically talked about Organ Tracker which is an organ tracking and monitoring application that delivers high precision GPS location, temperature, light, shock, humidity, and pressure sensors to organ procurement organizations, labs, pharmacies, and hospitals. He also shared his experiences about entrepreneurship and in commercializing a new technology.

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The presentation was attended by 20 BME seniors from Bucknell. During the afternoon, the faculty toured the various maker lab facilities available to the Bucknell students.

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The overall reception of the event was extremely positive and will foster future collaborations between the faculty from these universities.

BME-IDEA Conference

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Dr. Nasir presented a snapshot of entrepreneurship-minded learning modules that have been introduced in various courses in the LTU BME program at the BME-IDEA conference on October 7, 2015. The meeting was held at Tampa Marriot Waterside Hotel in conjunction with 2015 Annual BMES conference.

BME-IDEA was started in 2003 when a group of professors who were teaching design in a Biomedical Engineering department or program realized that there were common needs among them that were not being met by current conference offerings. The first BME-IDEA meeting was held in San Francisco in 2003 and the alliance has met annually or bi-annually ever since. Over the past decade BME-IDEA has grown to include over 120 university programs in the U.S. and abroad with a focus on teaching and mentoring of innovation and entrepreneurship in biomedical engineering. These meetings are a chance to share best practices and new ideas with other faculty who lead programs and courses in medical technology design. Many past attendees have indicated that this is their favorite meeting of the year.

 

Quantified-Self (QS) Roadshow – LTU Edition

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Dr. Mansoor Nasir and Dr. Eric Meyer hosted 13 faculty members from Lawrence Tech, Kettering University and Ohio Northern in the first event of the Quantified-Self Roadshow seriesFaculty from the original KEEN Topical Grant on Quantified self (PI: Dr. Eric Meyer) ) shared the modules focusing on Entrepreneurial Mindset  Learning (EML) from various engineering and science fields. The roadshow is part of a KEEN Topical Network Grant (PI: Dr. Mansoor Nasir) that is being leveraged to disseminate classroom resources for EML and student engagement around the QS theme. LTU is taking the lead in building the network of faculty and is sharing resources at a dedicated website qsl4eml.ltu.edu.

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The half-day mini-workshop also included a great presentation by a guest speaker, Dr. Daniel Johnson, who is commercializing a powered exoskeleton for the lumbar spine through a local startup venture, Exodynamics. Student from various departments and workshop faculty attended the presentation where Dr. Johnson shared his experiences about entrepreneurship and in commercializing a new technology.

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BME Innovating Curriculum with Entrepreneurial-Mindset (ICE) Workshop – 03/27/2015

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Lawrence Tech and Bucknell hosted a workshop on innovative curriculum with entrepreneurial-mindset (ICE) on 03/27/2015. With attendance from more than 20 faculty from 9 different KEEN network institutions, the event was a huge success. The workshop attendees explored ideas and shared their experience on how entrepreneurial minded learning can be embedded into the biomedical curriculum.

The workshop included a keynote presentation from Dr. Jack Linehan who is a professor of Biomedical Engineering at Northwestern University. He also serves as the consulting professor of Bioengineering at Stanford University, and Advisor to BioInnovate Ireland, NUI-Galway. He was a past Vice President of the Whitaker Foundation and is a fellow and past President of the Biomedical Engineering Society and past president of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering. In 2006, Dr. Linehan was elected to the National Academy of Engineering.

The medical device design process has many restrictions and challenges, according to Joseph Tranquillo, Associate Professor at Bucknell University. Learning to create opportunities does not come naturally. It comes through experience. Biomedical engineering programs need to teach students how to address these challenges.

Dr. Linehan’s experiences with BMEIdea, Bioinnovate and Enterprise Ireland and other medical technology innovation programs have emphasized training entrepreneurs to define a needs statement that focuses on the goal, not the problem. The alternative is “luckovation” and hoping that the product development solution matches someone’s need.

The formal approaches to entrepreneurial mindset (Creativity, Curiosity and Creating Value) are implemented though engineering skills that were highlighted by Steve Hasbrook, Program Director from KEEN. He also supported the idea that industry wants to hire “T-shaped” engineers who have a deep technical foundation, but with broad communication and collaboration abilities.

In addition to the common themes presented at the workshop, Donald Carpenter, Professor and Co-PI of Lawrence Tech’s KEEN Institutional Grant described how entrepreneurship is being embedded throughout the College of Engineering and the University. Specific to the Biomedical Engineering curriculum, Eric Meyer, Assistant Professor presented how a KEEN Topical grant supported entrepreneurship modules based on the “Quantified Self” theme that were embedded into core classes and Mansoor Nasir, Assistant Professor described some of the challenges in creating capstone project opportunities for seniors.

There were many additional distinguished faculty from KEEN Universities that presented, including; Jay Goldberg, Professor at Marquette University and Michael Rust, Associate Professor at Western New England who discussed specific courses that they have developed, as well as Glenn Gaudette, Associate Professor at Worchester Polytechnic, Jennifer Currey, Assistant Professor at Union, and Patrick Atkinson, Professor at Kettering who discussed strategies for involving clinicians in biomedical engineering projects.

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In pictures: From top left Dr. Patrick Atkinson (Kettering University), Dr. Glenn Gaudette (WPI), Dr. Jennifer Currey (Union College), Dr. Eric Meyer (BME – LTU), Dr. Mansoor Nasir (BME – LTU), Dr. Mehrdad Zadeh (Kettering), Dr. Ben Kelley (Baylor University)

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