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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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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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BME Fall 2017 Newsletter

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Its finally here! The second page features summer student experiences. Please contact Dr. Nasir if you would like a hard copy.BME Newsletter - Fall 2017

 

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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LTU / UDM Collaboration Senior Projects (2017)

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Every year BME students from LTU and Mechanical Engineering and Nursing students from University of Detroit Mercy (UDM) collaborate on senior projects where they develop working prototypes of assistive care devices for patients with physical disabilities. The ‘clients’ are from the VA Hospital, Detroit and this collaboration is a great example of how students can bring different skills together to bring innovative ideas to life. The feedback from the clients is especially gratifying. This year the VA decided to have an event where these products were unveiled to the client and high level administrators from both universities and the hospital were in attendance.

The students gave short presentations and then demonstrated their product to the audience which included their clients. In addition members of various local media outlets were present to record the event and it got good press coverage in all major networks. Some of these are below:

These projects take a lot of coordination and communication but the appreciation from the veterans is extremely gratifying and really highlights the motivation for BME students to make direct impact on people’s lives.
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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

Research Seminar – Friday 24th, 2017

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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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