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Michigan Academy 2018 Conference

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The Michigan Academy (themichiganacademy.orgholds a local conference that takes place each year somewhere in Michigan. Every year, a few LTU faculty and students present education and research related work at this conference. Students working on senior or research projects are encouraged to submit an abstract. This year the conference will be on Friday, March 9, 2018 in Central Michigan University , Mt. Pleasant,  MI.

CALL FOR PAPERS: To view the Call for Papers go to our website  and click on “Conference Information” located in the right toolbar. You may also use this link to be directed to our Google Drive account: Call for Papers (Please log out of all Google accounts before clicking this link.)

EARLY SUBMISSION DEADLINE:  December 8, 2017  If you submit an abstract by 12/8/16, you will have a chance to win free conference registration ($70 value for faculty/others or $90 for students).

SUBMIT A 200 WORD ABSTRACT:  Use this link to submit your 200 word abstract: Submit!

PRESENTERS:  Primarily Higher Education Faculty, Administrators, Librarians, Graduate Students, and Undergraduate Students. (Undergrads must have faculty sponsors!).

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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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.

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

 

Presidential Undergraduate Research Awards

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Ten Presidential Undergraduate Research Awards of up to $1,000 each are available to undergraduate students to pursue basic or applied research projects with a faculty mentor.

Application Deadline:
November 1, 2015

Click on the link below to go to view the application.

Research Award Application

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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