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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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2017 Science and Technology Showcase

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Students from four BME projects presented their poster at the inaugural Science and Technology Showcase on April 5th, 2017. The projects got great reception from the audience which included folks from industry, academia and various organizations. The students not only made valuable contacts but also got a chance to practice for their senior project posters session on April 13, 2017. This upcoming poster session, however, has grade implications 🙂

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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 Senior Project Poster Presentations

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April 19th was the 2016 Senior Projects Poster Presentation. BME Seniors presented their project posters to the BME Faculty and the BME Department’s Industrial Advisory Board. Students received feedback on their poster design and progress of their project from researchers, entrepreneurs, and professors.

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BME Senior Projects Presentations

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Please join us for the BME Senior Projects final presentations on Friday, May 1, 2015 from 2:30-5pm in room E101.

The oral presentations will each last between 20-30 minutes and are open to the public. They will be followed by a reception with the students and faculty.

Learn about this year’s and previous BME Senior Projects at http://www.ltu.edu/blogs/biomedstudents/

BME Senior Project Poster Presentation

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BME Seniors presented posters to BME, Arts and Science Faculty as well as members of the industrial advisory board on 04/16/2015. Some projects also demonstrated their design prototypes. The Wireless Auscultation group was rated as the best poster. The students (Stephen Krammin, Danielle Manley and Matt Koper) received $25 gift card. Many students from BME and Life Sciences also attended the event and interacted with the seniors.

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Coulter College 2015

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Last year a team of six BME students, Dr. Nasir and a Clinician entered the Coulter College Workshop which is a training program focused on translation of biomedical innovations. The LTU team, entering for the first time, came in third place out of 22 teams. The program which is part of BMES enables participants to take what they learn forward to their senior design courses. At the workshop, student design teams are guided by faculty and clinical experts through a highly dynamic process designed to help them better understand how innovations can meet clinical needs, while providing tools and approaches used to evolve identified problems into novel solutions.

Past student and faculty participants have found BMES Coulter College to be very beneficial and previous design faculty members have used the BMES Coulter College experience to enhance their design courses. In addition to the onsite activities, students will be required to complete limited pre-Coulter College assignments in preparation for the course.

The dates for the program are August 13-16, 2015 in Coral Gables, FL (southwest of downtown Miami). The faculty and student participants must be able to commit to three days (two partial days and two full days) of an intensive workshop integrating lectures, team projects and presentations.

Coulter College team applications are due April 8, 2015. Each team application must be submitted by a BME student design faculty member currently affiliated with a university who teaches or previously taught senior design (Dr. Nasir).  Those selected to participate will be eligible to receive a stipend to defray travel costs and will be provided with meals and lodging. Accepted teams will be announced in late April.

For more information about BMES Coulter College and to submit a team application, please visit: http://bmes.org/coulter

In order for the teams to work there needs to be commitment from six student. Interested students should contact Dr. Nasir ASAP. In case of interest from more than six students, priority will be given to Juniors who are preparing to start senior project in Fall 2015. However, students at other grade levels are also encouraged to consider this opportunity.

 

BMES 2015

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Two Announcement related to BMES 2015 which will be in Tampa from Oct 7-10. Last year we have two groups that traveled to BMES and it was a great experience for them. I highly encourage you to submit and also consider the design competition. Any BME faculty can help you with the abstract or other requirements for the two items:

1) BMES 2015 Conference

In order for you to attend the BMES conference you have to submit a one-page abstract format will be required this year. This format will allow reviewers to more effectively choose those abstracts which are best suited for podium presentations.

The abstract should include:

  • title
  • introduction
  • description of the materials and methods used
  • study results (including up to one figure)
  • discussion of how this work fits into the context of greater societal needs.

Please review the abstract template on the submission site: http://bmes.org/abstract

During the submission process, please select the most appropriate track & subtrack from the list provided in the online system, or choose the track and “other” if no named sessions seem appropriate. You may request to present your work in a platform or in a poster session. The technical program committee will attempt to honor your preference, but may not always be able to do so. Presentations may be scheduled on any of the three days of the meeting. All accepted presenters must register for the full meeting.

The submission deadline is April 23, 2015. A The nominal abstract processing fee of $35 is a submission fee and does not apply towards the required meeting registration.

2) BMES Design Competition:

The Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) will hold its first ever Student Design Competition this year. All BMES undergraduate student members engaged in student design projects are encouraged to apply and enter the competition which is being sponsored by Medtronic.

The application deadline is May 25, 2015. The 2015 Design Theme is Bioinstrumentation!!

All design team members MUST be BMES Student Members and BMES student chapter members in good standing. Top 6 proposals will be chosen and those teams will present, via oral presentations, at BMES 2015 Annual Meeting in Tampa (Oct 7-10, specific day to be determined). At the meeting, the top 6 teams will be narrowed down to the top 3 winners. Winners will receive monetary awards. This is a great opportunity to showcase projects and to network with product development and design professionals in BME.

Design competition details are available at the BMES website at: http://bmes.org/undergrad_design_comp

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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BMES Conference 2014

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Representing Lawrence Tech at the BMES Conference in Texas were (L-R) Daniel Greenshields, Lindsay Petku, Rachel Porter, Akram Alsamarae, Justin Killewald

Five students from the BME department attended the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) Conference in San Antonio, Texas to present their findings related to their senior projects. They were exposed to many facets related to Biomedical Engineering. The students attended lectures involving many BME topics and they networked with other attendees.   Dan Greenshields, Rachael Porter, and Justin Killewald presented their poster on a Novel Design of an Anterior Cruciate Ligament for an Injury Prevention Brace.  Their team also won an undergraduate student award for their submission of an extended abstract!  Akram Alsamarae and Lindsay Petku presented a poster related to Gait Analysis for Early Fall Prevention.

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LTU Students (L-R) Daniel Greenshields, Rachel Porter, and Justin Killewald presented research based on their senior design project

 

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