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Eighth Innovation Encounter

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This is a good opportunity for Seniors working capstone design or past projects

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Team Competition
October 20–21, 2017
$100 per team (early bird)

Innovation Encounter is a competitive collegiate event that cultivates:

  • Critical thinking
  • Teamwork
  • Time management
  • Entrepreneurial mindset

Student teams step out of the classroom and into a “real world” arena to develop a viable solution to a realistic industry problem. Nationwide, collegiate teams from the Kern Entrepreneurial Engineering Network (KEEN) engage with industry professionals who evaluate solutions presented by the students. (Eight team limit from KEEN schools).

Each team is expected to support their solutions with a business plan. Technical skills are tested and risks are assessed within limited time constraints. Students are challenged to efficiently manage their time individually and jointly.

Questions:
gzasdny@ltu.edu

More information:
www.ltu.edu/innovation-encounter.asp

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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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!

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.

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.

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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