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Welcome Letter from the BME Director

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Team Bike Raptor is a collaboration project between LTU and University of Detroit-Mercy (UDM) and the group is comprised of three students each from Biomedical Engineering students (LTU), Mechanical Engineering and  Nursing (UDM). The goal is to design and fabricate a working device for our client who was in an automobile accident and sustained a spinal cord injury (SCI) that left him with incomplete quadriplegia. The client has made some recovery and he has recovered some of the movement in his arms. It was determined that a custom exercise device will aid in his rehabilitation. The machine, Bike-Raptor, targets strengthening of muscles and increasing range of motion. The design allows the client to push on pedal-like handles attached to a wheel with magnetic resistance mechanism. It is our hope that this machine will improve his rehabilitation efforts so he can gain independence at a faster pace than without this type of exercise.

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.

 

BMES 2015 Annual Conference in Tampa

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Lawrence Tech faculty, Dr Mansoor Nasir and Dr. Jerry LeCarpentier attended the Annual Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES 2015) conference from Oct. 7-11 in Tampa, FL.

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Two seniors from the BME department, John Peponis and Fatmah Alhaji also accompanied them. Fatmah Alhaji presented a poster titled “Piezoelectric Actuator for Microfluidic Mixing Applications” that covered the research she did on Dr. Nasir’s seed grant during the summer.

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Lawrence Tech setup a booth in the exhibit to promote the new Masters of Science in Biomedical Engineering at LTU and the students also helped out with the booth. Overall it was a great experience for everyone with some excellent talks and panel discussions. The weather in Tampa was also not too shabby

 

ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition in Seattle, WA

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The ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition is the only conference dedicated to all disciplines of engineering education. The conference’s main focus is to promote the exchange of ideas among the different teaching staff on the different teaching methods and curriculum they find best. It is a chance for all to share new ideas and gain knowledge from others. The BME department here at LTU attended the conference.

We had two presentations and a poster:

 

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Dr. Eric G Meyer and Dr. Mansoor Nasir

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Enhancing undergraduate education through research-based learning: a longitudinal case study
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Providing Diverse Opportunities for Capstone Projects in Biomedical Engineering

Dr. Mansoor Nasir, Dr. Eric G Meyer and Dr. Yawen Li

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Commencement 2015

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BME @LTU is proud of the graduating seniors, Class of 2015. The students include Akram AlSamarae, Ameer Al Khafaji, Malak Alkhaqany, Amanda Bukhtia,  Christopher Harris, Mateusz Koper, Stephen Krammin, Danielle Manley, Patricia Nahas, Rachel Porter, Dominique Reed and Kaitlyn Tingley.

Congratulations!!

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KEEN Provides a Grant to Update BME Courses

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Dr. Meyer and Dr. Nasir have been working on updating some key courses of the BME curriculum to give students more real world examples of BME related topics. One of these topics is the improvement and development of quantified self (QS) devices. These devices are a result of the public wanting to keep track of their personal health using hand held devices that monitor their: heart rate, calories burned, speed, steps taken and many other data points that monitor your performance. KEEN has provided a grant to Dr. Meyer and Dr. Nasir to improve the BME curriculum using QS. Students will be exposed to new ideas and technologies throughout their courses at LTU. The professors are trying to get students to look at and solve real world problems with confidence in their early years in the BME program. With help from KEEN, they can now provide the knowledge required to provide new projects in the classroom to better prepare students.

 

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http://qs4eml.ltu.edu/ (QS Project)

http://keennetwork.org/blog/?p=2580 (KEEN Blog Post)

Spring Engineering and Technology Job Fair 2015 – 4/13/15

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April 13, 2015
2:00 – 7:00 pm
Suburban Collection Showplace, Novi                                                                                                                                                            46100 Grand River Avenue
Novi, MI 48374

This year’s Engineering and Technology Job Fair will feature more than 40 of Michigan’s top engineering, technology and management companies hiring for full or part-time positions, internships and co-op opportunities. Some of the companies include DENSO, DTE Energy, Link Engineering, Magna Powertrain, Michigan Department of Transportation and many others.

Cost:
ESD Members: Free*
Non ESD Members: $20 – Registration includes a one-year membership to ESD. Offer good for new, first-time members only.

BME Professor Validates a New Dental Implant Procedure

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Biomedical Engineering Professor Eric Meyer has been working with periodontist Salah Huwais to test and validate a new dental implant procedure. “After four years of research and more than 60 prototypes, Huwais came up with a novel design that achieved that mission and was validated by Lawrence Technological University in Southfield. Last spring, he launched Versah, a medical device company.” Dr. Huwais was able to validate his new design with the help of Dr. Eric Meyer.  The patent pending design went on sale in November and has already sold out of its inventory.

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Senior Design Team Completes I-Corps Program

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Daniel Greenshields, Justin Killewald, Rachel Porter along with their advisor Dr. Eric Meyer participated in the I-Corps  business mentoring program. The program  helps innovators, entrepreneurs, engineers, tinkerers, and companies advance new product ideas and establish new commercial opportunities. The team created a redesigned knee-brace hinge mechanism that reduces or prevents injuries from compressive, hyperextension, and valgus-bending loading mechanisms that are common during sports injuries of the ACL. This is the second LTU BME team to complete the program. Kevin Roberts and Katelyn Fortin were the first team; they designed a heel insert to improve running technique. Both teams filed a provisional patents and are seeking commercialization.

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