January 10th, 2017
Jan. 10, 2017 — Biomedical engineering students had an opportunity to network with industry professionals when MSOE hosted the annual December seminar of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Milwaukee Section.
IEEE is the world’ largest technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for the benefit of humanity. The Milwaukee Section serves southeast Wisconsin and is run by volunteers of industry and academia. The December seminar was held in conjunction with MSOE’s annual Junior Biomedical Engineering Feasibility presentations, an event that showcases the status of current design projects by the biomedical engineering class of 2018.
“The Milwaukee Section holds events throughout the year to promote technical and professional growth and networking,” said Dr. Jeffrey LaMack, director of the biomedical engineering program. “The December seminar was created in 2012 with the specific purpose of combining it with our student presentations for a larger joint event.”
This year, 10 student teams made the case for the feasibility of their proposed capstone design projects, which ranged from head impact monitors for soccer players to open source software framework for medical device applications.
IEEE members were invited to attend the student presentations and students were invited to attend the IEEE dinner that followed. A highlight of the event was an address by Dr. John G. Webster who is widely regarded as one of the founders of biomedical engineering; textbooks written by Webster are used in MSOE’s biomedical engineering curriculum.
“The IEEE event allows for people in a very diverse industry to get together and share ideas for the betterment of the IEEE community as a whole,” said Thomas Reid ’18, a junior biomedical engineering student. “It is a great environment for learning and sharing experiences.”
Reid was among the 40-plus students presenting at the 2016 event, which took place Dec. 14.
Most MSOE students don’t start thinking about their senior project, much less making a public presentation, until the senior year. In the biomedical engineering program it’s a little different.
“The capstone design sequence begins earlier for BME students because of the considerations involved in medical design,” said LaMack. “FDA regulations, market analysis, and user needs based on conversations with clinicians and patients are all part of their process.”
The presentations not only give students an opportunity to practice the communication skills the industry values, but they also serve as a starting point for business plan proposal competitions students may enter. “Winnings from such competitions have funded several of our projects over the years,” LaMack said.
Being able to discuss their presentations with industry professionals throughout the evening is an invaluable opportunity for students. “It was helpful to have experienced engineers give us suggestions about what might work and what definitely will not,” said senior Rose Buchmann ’17, who presented with her team in 2015. “They saved us a lot of trouble by avoiding problems that were obvious to more experienced engineers. They also had the knowledge to explain the reasoning behind their ideas and opinions, which helped us learn what variables to consider when discussing design.”
MSOE is an independent, non-profit university with about 2,900 students that was founded in 1903. MSOE offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in engineering, business and nursing. The university has a national academic reputation; longstanding ties to business and industry; dedicated professors with real-world experience; a 97% placement rate; and the highest ROI and average starting salaries of any Wisconsin university according to PayScale Inc. MSOE graduates are well-rounded, technologically experienced and highly productive professionals and leaders.
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May 5th, 2016
May 5, 2016 — Hyperbaric chambers are pressurized environments used to treat a variety of conditions such as non-healing wounds, decompression sickness, carbon monoxide poisoning and infections. Patients receiving such hyperbaric oxygen therapy also need to be treated and monitored by a variety of medical devices; most of which, however, were not originally designed or approved for use in such hyperbaric environments.
Dr. Larry Fennigkoh ’74, ’86, MSOE biomedical engineering professor, has been working with Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center on the evaluation, modification and design of medical devices that can be used safely in hyperbaric chambers. Recognizing the need to give students access to the same equipment and technology, Fennigkoh helped secure the donation of a hyperbaric chamber from Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center. With a chamber on campus, he can now increase the level of research and also involve students.
“The hyperbaric chamber is a fabulous teaching platform for actually observing the basic gas laws in action as well as evaluating high pressure effects on electronic medical devices,” said Fennigkoh. He plans to further instrument and modify the chamber this summer. “And no, we won’t be putting students in the chamber!”
Milwaukee School of Engineering is an independent, non-profit university with about 2,900 students. MSOE offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in engineering, business and nursing. The university has a national academic reputation; longstanding ties to business and industry; dedicated professors with real-world experience; a 96% placement rate; and the highest ROI and average starting salaries of any Wisconsin university according to PayScale Inc. MSOE graduates are well-rounded, technologically experienced and highly productive professionals and leaders.
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February 25th, 2015
In February 2015, senior biomedical engineering students were asked to present posters describing their senior projects at Froedtert Hospital and the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW). All students at MSOE participate in a senior project, which are a culmination of all they’ve learned in their time at MSOE. Biomedical engineering students begin their senior capstone project at the end of their sophomore year. By senior year they put what they’ve learned to work and complete their capstone project by applying quantitative analysis and systematic synthesis to develop a prototype product for a real-world application.
This year’s projects include:
In Utero Spina Bifida Cystica Repair System
Team: Cody Dziuk, Ayushman Rai and Nik Stasinopoulos
The purpose of this project is to create a toolbox of approaches for a biomaterial delivery system for use in the in utero repair of spina bifida. The minimally invasive device will be used to deliver a protective biomaterial to cover the exposed spinal cord of the fetus while it is in the womb. This toolbox will be given to Amy Wagner, MD at the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin to use when the final biomaterial is chosen by her team. To show that the device is functional with a mock material, a mock uterus will be created to simulate the surgery.
Total Knee Replacement Sizing Tool
Team: Garrison Glowniak, Enyinnaya Okwulehie, Travis Pischel (ME major) and Alexandra Swanson
The goal of this device is to make the knee replacement process more universal and help decrease the number of revision surgeries needed to correct for improper fit and alignment of knee implants. This measuring device will be used to measure the medial and lateral gaps that occur between the tibial plate and femoral component prior to the implant trial being completely installed by spreading two prongs until they come in contact with the femoral component to see what size trial is needed. Currently, the practice of fitting an implant involves a hands-on, trial and error approach, in which the surgeon manipulates the knee to simulate the typical range of motion. This process often leads to an implant size change, which requires the surgeon to remove the current trials, recut the bones, and install a new size trial, which adds a substantial amount of time.
Traumatic Brain Injury Research Device
Team: Alex Jandrin, Ryan Damask, Amy Gustafson and Andrea Winegar
This project involves creating a helmet-like device used with an energy delivery device to induce traumatic brain injury in rats. The helmet will be able to transfer energy to induce injury in the coronal, sagittal and transverse planes. The helmet will also minimize the slip between the device and the rat’s skull during energy transfer. The helmet design will allow for the user to be able to set up testing in a short amount of time without harming the rat. The helmet will attach to the pneumatic energy delivery device that will cause a specific degree of head injury.