Congratulations to Abigail Kuehne (Psychology and Communication, Culture, and Media/ Applied Cognitive Science and Human Factors ’21), Sam Raber (Psychology ’22), Lindsay Sandell (Biomedical Engineering ’21), and Gary Tropp (Computer Network and System Administration ’22), who have been named University Innovation Fellows by Stanford University’s Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (d.school).
The title of his poster is “Talin-vinculin pre-complex formation dictates maturation of nascent adhesions by accelerated force transmission and vinculin recruitment.”
The 6th ZOO Meeting took place at Blijdorp Zoo, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, May 15-18, 2019.
The ZOO meeting series has become a landmark event in the field of cell adhesion and migration due to unique theme selection, high scientific profile with excellent speakers and limited number of attendees.
The women featured in this Notable Women in STEM report were selected by a team of Crain’s Detroit Business editors based on their career accomplishments, track record of success in the field, contributions to their community and mentorship of others, as outlined in a detailed nomination form.
Thanks to all who participated in this year’s World Water Day. Thanks to all of the students who entered posters, the judges, our guest speaker, discussion facilitators, panelists, artists and the committee who pulled it all together.
The keynote lecture, “Mapping the Water Crisis of Unaffordability,” was by Monica Lewis-Patrick from We the People of Detroit.
The 2019 World Water Day Poster Award winners:
Original Research Awards
- 1st — Erin Eberhard, BIO ($300), Advisor: Amy Marcarelli. Spatial Heterogeneity of Nitrogen Fixation and Denitrification across a Wetland-Stream-Lake Interface
- 2nd — Elisabeth Stimmel, SFRES ($200), Advisor: Fengling (Frank) Liu. The Effects of Microtopography and a Simulated Emerald Ash Borer infestation on Woody Regeneration in Black Ash Wetlands
- 3rd — Laura Schaerer, BIO ($150), Advisor: Stephen Techtmann. The microbial communities of bilge water, boat surfaces and external port water: a global comparison
- 1st— Peter Beach, Bio Med and Jill Poliskey, BIO ($300), Advisor: Kelly Kamm. Combating Blue Death with Clean Water
- 2nd — Rose Hildebrandt, CLS, Claire Danielson, BIO and Timothy Stone, SS ($200). Advisor: Kelly Kamm. Onchocerciasis and the Right to Clean Water
- 3rd — Alex Gabe, KIP and Olivia Demaree, Bio Med ($150) Advisor: Kelly Kamm. Clean Water, Clear Vision
World Water Day at Michigan Tech was sponsored by the Great Lakes Research Center, the Departments of Social Sciences and Civil and Environmental Engineering, the School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science, the Sustainable Futures Institute, Center for Diversity and Inclusion, Department of Visual and Performing Arts and the Western Upper Peninsula Planning and Development Region.
By the Great Lakes Research Center.
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Babies with hypoplastic left heart syndrome may soon be able to forego risky surgery due to a device designed by doctors, students, and technicians from West Michigan.
The condition is complex: a portion of the baby’s heart is pumping with only one chamber instead of two.
Dr. Joseph Vettukattil, chief of pediatric cardiology at Spectrum Health, is working with Spectrum Health Innovations and students and staff from Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Mich.
Dr. Brent Mulder, the Senior Director of Spectrum Health Innovations, says the final product could take up to 10 years to complete, but the wait will be worth it.
The undergraduate student team involved in the project include Emma Davis, Kat Farkas, Amanda Gogola, and Ami Kling, Biomedical Engineering. Their advisors were Jeremy Goldman and Smitha Rao, Biomedical Engineering. For Design Expo 2017 at Michigan Tech, they prepared a project “Customizing Transcatheter Nitinol Stents for Treatment of Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome in Infants” with abstract:
Hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS) is a congenital heart defect that is mainly characterized by the underdevelopment of the left ventricle. Currently, multiple open heart surgeries are performed to correct this problem. Our team’s goal was to help eliminate the need for the first surgery by designing and testing catheter deployment of a modified nitinol stent with improved patient matching. The idea of deforming the stent with a microsphere to better fit anatomically relevant infant heart geometries was explored, as well as the feasibility of the use of this deformed shape.
The project was sponsored by Spectrum Health Innovations—Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital. It won several awards at the Design Expo:
- Pavlis Honors College Innovation Center for Entrepreneurship Innovation Award: First Place
- Ann Arbor SPARK Design Expo Image Contest: Second Place
- Black & Veatch Building a World of Difference® Student Design Awards: Senior Design Awards (based on poster): Third Place
Design Expo 2017 took place on Thursday, April 13, on campus in the Memorial Union Building Ballroom.
Hosted by the Pavlis Honors College and the College of Engineering, Design Expo highlights hands-on, discovery-based learning at Michigan Tech.
Undergraduates in Biomedical Engineering excelled at this year’s Design Expo.
Black&Veatch Building a World of Difference® Student Design Awards:
Senior Design Awards (based on poster)
1st place: BME – Enhanced Measurement and Analysis of Gait Disturbances – Aspirus
3rd place: BME – Customizing Transcatheter Nitinol Stents for Treatment of Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome in Infants – Spectrum Health
Senior Design Honorable Mention
BME – Blubber-Only Implantable Satellite Tracking Device for Humpback Whales
Pavlis Honors College Innovation Center for Entrepreneurship Innovation Award:
1st place: BME – Customizing Transcatheter Nitinol Stents for Treatment of Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome in Infants
2nd place: BME – Instrumentation of Manual Medical Devices
3rd place: BME – Posture Correction Device with Haptic Feedback for Parkinson’s Disease
On April 18, 2016, the Department of Chemical Engineering hosted its Order of the Engineer induction ceremony.
The ceremony welcomed 53 new members to the order, including two biomedical engineers and three faculty and staff members.
In 2015, 27 members were inducted, bringing the total of the Michigan Tech Chemical Engineering cohort to 134 since 2014.
Read more at Tech Today, by Chemical Engineering.
The International Business Ventures took first place in the Enterprise program and the
First Place Award Enterprise IBV (International Business Ventures)
Team Leaders: Leslie LaLonde and Andrew Clark, Biomedical Engineering
Advisors: Robert Warrington, Pavlis Honors College
Sponsor: Pavlis Honors College
Project Overview: The Infant Heart Annunciator is a small, BandAid-shaped device that detects an infant’s electrocardiogram, producing a visible flash and audible tone. Often in developing countries, those present at birth do not have the training or equipment needed to determine if an unresponsive infant is alive. Our goal is to eliminate this unnecessary loss of life. Our team is also designing a simple, yet reliable, ventilator that can be stockpiled by hospitals. Typically, hospitals maintain sufficient numbers of ventilators; however, an increase of patients resulting from a pandemic could create a shortage of ventilators. The current high cost of most ICU ventilators prevents hospitals from stockpiling these machines.
BME Team won Honorable Mention – Compliance Keweenaw: Aspirus Keweenaw Hand-washing Compliance System
Team Members: Anna Waller, Jannah Brandt, Drew Markel, Creighton Bradley, and Rebecca Manshaem, Biomedical Engineering
Advisor: Bruce Lee, Biomedical Engineering
Sponsor: Aspirus Keweenaw
Project Overview: Hand hygiene is of importance to hospitals not only for the safety and health of employees but also to reduce the spread of hospital-acquired infections and protect patients. Aspirus Keweenaw recruited our team to create an automated system to track hand-washing compliance among employees to assist them in their goal of 100 percent compliance. We created a system using a microcontroller and RFID readers to detect when a healthcare worker enters a patient’s room and reaches compliance using the sanitizing foam dispenser. This system will be placed near the doorway and communicate with a wristband that identifies the healthcare worker and vibrates as a reminder if compliance is not reached.
BME Teams were featured in the Michigan Tech news article: Design Expo 2015 Success: Winners, Senior Design and Enterprise Projects
The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation has honored two Michigan Technological University biomedical engineering students. Mitchell Kirby, a third-year student, won a Goldwater Scholarship, and Dillon Gronseth, a second-year student, received honorable mention in the scholarship program.
Shokuhfar,a faculty member of both departments of biomedical engineering and mechanical engineering-engineering mechanics at Michigan Technological University, will study the biomolecule ferritin, which stores iron in the body in a non-toxic, mineralized form and releases it safely. In humans, ferritin serves as a buffer between iron deficiency and iron overload, and when it malfunctions, it may be involved in a number of degenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
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