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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 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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New BME Elective Course in Fall 2017

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This 4000 level course will count for one of your BME electives. Please contact Dr. Nasir or Dr. Meyer if you would like to attend but have a time conflict with the current scheduled time as it may be  possible to switch the time.

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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.

 

Lawrence Tech wins $50,000 DENSO grant for Haptics

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Lawrence Technological University has been awarded $50,000 to fund Advanced Haptics for Automation and Control Systems. Dr. Mansoor Nasir, the PI of the grant, along with colleagues in Biomedical Engineering (Dr. Eric Meyer), Robotics (James Kern), Psychology (Dr. Franco Delogu) and Electrical Engineering (Dr. Nabih Jaber) will use this grant to built the capacity for Haptics research and education at LTU. The grant will be used to buy tools and instrumentation to expose LTU students to the area of Haptics which deals with the sense of touch. Haptics applications include the design, development and evaluation of human-computer interfaces in automotive, telesurgery and virtual reality.

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Biomedical Engineering Summer Camp

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Tomorrow July 11 kicks off the start of a week of new and exciting things for high school students looking to learn more about biomedical engineering.

Students will explore the role of a biomedical engineer in designing procedures and equipment that assist in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disease and injury, make medical testing less intrusive, and enhance the quality of life for people with disabilities. Team projects will acquaint students with basic engineering design tools and the instrumentation used in medical settings.

Good luck students, we look forward to having you and posting about your experiences!

SB3C Conference Presentation and Student Design Competition

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To add on to a busy week Dr. Meyer will also be representing Lawrence Technological University at the SB3C Conference in National Harbor, MD from June 29 – July 2. This conference will focus on the impact of biomechanics on healthcare.

Dr. Meyer’s presentation will cover the department’s most recent project Quantified Self (SB3C2016_MeyerQS4EML). He will also cover a summer biomechanics project (SB3C2016_WeaverTrain).

A senior project group will also be presenting their research on a new adaptation to the traditional knee scooter (SB3C2016_FoldGoScooter).

Good Luck Guys!

2016 ASEE Annual Conference

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Tomorrow the biomedical engineering faculty will be representing Lawrence Technological University at the 2016 ASEE Annual Conference in New Orleans. They will be talking about some of  our most recent work and upcoming programs the program has to offer. Presentation topic will include:

Using Quantified Self as a Learning Tool to Engage Students in Entrepreneurially Minded Learning and Engineering Design [view paper] Dr. Michael J. Rust (Western New England University), Dr. Mansoor Nasir (Lawrence Technological University), and Dr. Eric G. Meyer (Lawrence Technological University)

A Nanotechnology Summer Camp for High School Students: Activities Design and Student Feedback [view paper] Dr. Liping Liu (Lawrence Technological University), Dr. Mansoor Nasir(Lawrence Technological University), Dr. Yawen Li (Lawrence Technological University), Dr. Selin Arslan (Lawrence Technological University), Dr. Changgong Zhou (Lawrence Technological University), and Dr. Hsiao-Ping H. Moore (Lawrenece Technological University)

Multidisciplinary Patient-Centered Capstone Senior Design Projects [view paper] Dr. Mansoor Nasir (Lawrence Technological University), Dr. Darrell K. Kleinke P.E. (University of Detroit Mercy), and Dr. Molly McClelland (University of Detroit Mercy)

Project-based Learning in a Forensic Engineering Course [view paper] Dr. Mansoor Nasir (Lawrence Technological University), Dr. Eric G Meyer (Lawrence Technological University), and Brian Thomas Weaver PE (Explico Engineering Co. )

Sensing Angular Kinematics by Embedding an Open-source Electronics Design Project into a Required Biomechanics Course [view paper]Dr. Eric G Meyer (Lawrence Technological University) and Dr. Brent L Ulrey (Western New England University)
Good Luck!

Taubman Complex Progress

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As we make our way through summer we move closer to the opening of the newest building on campus, the Taubman Complex. The Taubman Complex was designed with Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) in mind as it aims to bring together biomedical engineering, robotics, life sciences and architectural engineering under one roof. The building will feature new lab spaces and studio classrooms to build upon the idea of theory and practice.

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The move in date for the Taubman Complex is set for July 5, 2016. As the day approaches construction is starting to wind down as they move closer to completion and begin stocking it with equipment and furniture.  Be sure to check out some of the sneak peek photos posted below.

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Qualified Self and the Entrepreneurial Mindset Webinar (May 16th, 2016)

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Monday, May 16, 2016
1:00 – 1:30 p.m.  EDT
www.engineeringunleased.com

Have you been looking for more ways to expand the learning of your students? Or maybe you are looking for a way to bridge together what students are learning and the real world entrepreneurial side that struggles to find its way into the classroom. Well for the answers to this questions and many others be sure to join us on this webinar focused on the entrepreneurial mindset.

Dr. Eric Meyer and Dr. Mansoor Nasir’s teaching approach is to give all students in biomedical engineering multiple opportunities to practice entrepreneurially minded learning (EML). Discover how they developed EML modules centered on the theme of Quantified-Self (QS) devices. The presenters will describe how this project has impacted their early faculty career development, led to course revisions, and is currently being utilized by faculty around the country.

All participants will be given access to the EML activities utilizing QS devices to implement in their own classrooms.

To reserve your spot make sure to register here.

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