||Adrian Alvarez, Alejandro Guilarte, Omar Morales, Duvian Rojas, Raquel Veiga Martin
||This project consists of the development of a hand exoskeleton prototype, “Rehabilihand”, that will provide rehabilitation therapy for post-stroke patients who suffer from loss of functional hand movements. This hand exoskeleton aims to facilitate ease of use and improve quality of life compared to other hand exoskeletons used nowadays. The device will be controlled by sound signals that will be translated into the movement of artificial tendons by mechanical actuators. Rehabilihand will focus on mimicking the natural movement of a functional hand such as the extension and flexion motion of the fingers with the ultimate goal of improving the mobility of the affected fingers.
||Bio Engineering Labs Corp
|I Choose to Mentor Team 1: Zachary Danziger
||Daniela Leizaola , Thomas Schiffer, Paula Orenes Sanchez, Isamar Camarena-Ubiera
||The Hayden 2: 3-D Printed Pediatric Prosthetic Hand
||The Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing & Health Sciences has created a 3-D printed arm in conjunction with FIU Biomedical Engineering department for pediatric patients with missing limbs (The Hayden 1). However, the dimensions as well as the design were not ‘streamlined’ enough for the patients, making it difficult to handle and heavy. While The Hayden 1 demonstrated that the concept of a 3-D printed hand for children is possible, the prototype is not yet a final product. The previous design presents a couple of issues: 1) gross weight too heavy for the user, 2) electronics are exposed creating a hazard. An updated prototype of the 3-D printed hand for pediatric patients will be designed and manufactured, with new requirements, specifically a focus on slimmer dimensions, water resistance, child-safety, and lighter design, while keeping costs similarly low. These new requirements will exist alongside the requirements from the previous prototype, to develop a new, updated model for patient use. The output of the project is a fully functioning improved model of The Hayden 1, which can later be used to scale for the user. The Hayden 2 will allow the Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing & Health Sciences to distribute the prosthetic to the children in need, at no cost to the patient’s family and low cost to the organization that will provide it.
||Florida International University - Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing & Health Sciences
||Dr. Amanda Thomas, PT, DPT
|I Choose to Mentor Team 2: Raj Pulugurtha
||Allison Martinez, Condell Eastmond, Edward Sosa Jr, Gabriel A. Peña
||Modular 3-D Printed Partial Hand Prosthetic
||In the United States, an estimated 18,000 partial hand amputations occur annually. In order to get patients back to their quality of life, a prosthetic must first be designed, fabricated and fitted. This can take up to six weeks and on average about 3-4 visits with a prosthetist before a patient receives their prosthetic. This means the patient may not be able to work or properly accomplish daily tasks for an additional six weeks. While some companies offer more expedited fittings, these are usually done at a premium, which can inhibit insurance coverage. Pre-existing designs for prosthetic finger systems are not cost effective, with prices ranging from $3,500-$5,500 for a single digit. Most of the materials used for these prosthetics are semi-hollow titanium and stainless steel. This contributes to the high time consuming manufacturing process as well. As a result, it is clear to see that delivering affordable partial hand prosthesis in a timely fashion is currently a pressing concern in the biomedical field. There are two main goals for our design, which involves our partial hand prosthesis being as affordable as possible. The second is to ensure that it has a modular design that is universally operable to allow for comfortability and ease of use. Our modular design for the fingers will ensure a symmetrical finger prosthesis and also make sure the patients use their prosthesis immediately after a consultation. We want to focus on keeping the prosthesis as affordable as possible to allow for every amputee in need to be able to afford a reliable functional prosthesis that will assist them in everyday activities.
||Jesse Mitrani, Luis Valentin
|I Choose to Mentor Team 3: Ranu Jung
||Nelson Abarca, Santiago Fossi, Kristy Menendez, Gabriela Rasch, Ana Valentin
||Improvement of Quick Connection Mechanism for 3D Printed Aortic Model Test Fixture
||In the United States, cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of death and 200,000 people are diagnosed each year with an abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA), improving test mechanisms of stents will enhance treatment of aortic diseases. To provide the appropriate tools to accurately simulate flow characteristics in patients’ aorta we will determine favorable materials to be 3D printed to mimic the aortic walls and realize a mechanism that allows for fast, simple connections from the 3D print to the pulsatile pump.
|I Choose to Mentor Team 4: Sharan Ramaswamy
||Gabriel Menendez, Claudia Ponce Aportela, Brianna Valdez, Henry Figueredo
||IR DVT Diagnostic
||A portable infrared thermography imaging camera that is able to be used outside the clinical setting. Device capable of capturing an infrared image and displaying a message processed from the software of the device. The software of the device must be able to recognize patterns in images being processed to suggest a user to seek medical attention if necessary. The infrared device would obtain the ability to detect disorders relating to the heat signature they release, such as Deep Vein Thrombosis, in which the clotting of the deep veins in the patient’s legs would emit a difference in infrared radiation above and below the clot due to the obstruction of blood flow.
||Bio Engineering Labs Corporation
|I Choose to Mentor Team 5: Anuradha Godavarty
||Heriberto Nieves, Claudia Iannini, Alexander Ruiz, Irene Cabanas
||Dermal Resurfacing Attachment for Monitoring Speed (DReAMs)
||An attachment for a dermal resurfacing system that monitors speed and alerts the user when it is outside of the acceptable range.
|I Choose to Mentor Team 6: Nik Tsoukias
||Quianna Vaughan, Adriana Aguilar, Bridgette Meyer, Natalie Reyes, Antonio Fumero
||Emergency Cervical Collar
||In the United States, a yearly average of 17,730 people has suffered some form of spinal cord injury and 1.5 million people have experienced a traumatic brain injury. The first step in stabilizing cases involving whiplash, post-neck surgery, cervical spondylosis, and traumatic injuries is to immobilize the head and neck using a cervical collar. However, the downside to conventional designs are that they fit poorly around multiple neck sizes, can cause a lateral displacement of the head and neck, and can hyperextend the neck worsening the neurological condition of the patient. The overall goal of this project is to develop a patient-friendly, innovative, cervical collar used for emergency intervention upon an accident that may have resulted in a spinal-head and neck injury. In order to achieve this goal, our team will partner with Auxadyne in the use of their XPF Auxetic Polyurethane Foam technology in unison with various 3D printing components. The foam consists of multiple attributes ranging from comfort to a patient while still maintaining its durability for impact protection without adding excess weight to the neck area.
|I Choose to Mentor Team 7: Joshua Hutcheson
||Shaylyn Grier, Jose Montes, Gabriela Alvarado, Maria (Rocio) Rodriguez Capilla, Angel Vega
||Near Zero-Power Implantable EEG Monitoring Device
||The team will develop a near-zero power radio frequency implantable EEG recording device that will record the electrical activity of the brain for the purpose of monitoring epileptic seizures. A previously designed passive neural recording system will be implemented by advancing antenna topologies, surface-assembled diode and matching networks, and low-impedance graphene-PEDOT-PSS electrodes.
|I Choose to Mentor Team 8: Raj Pulugurtha
||Amanda Barreto, Antonio Rosales, Mario Huayamave, Michael Navarro
||Proprioception Measurement Device for Amputees
||Dental composites are used to fill in cavities and other holes in the teeth, dentists have access to a wide array of composites, each with their own unique properties. However, the overall trend of these composites is that it is difficult to squeeze them out of their containers for deposition. Composites are used in sensitive procedures, both in time and in regards to the patients safety, one of the main concerns dentists have is that if a cavity is opened for an extended amount of time it could cause a micro leakage (diffusion of the bacteria, oral fluids, ions and molecules into the tooth and the filling material interface). Even if dental composites are used to correct the situation the timing is the main concern of the dentist. To avoid this problem, the way to make the procedure streamlined, convenient, and safe is to warm the dental composite to an optimal temperature, which makes the composite malleable enough for the dentist to quickly, safely and accurately apply the composite, and the temperature that does not harm the patient by burning them, causing irreversible nerve damage, or cause the composite to cure before intended.
|I Choose to Mentor Team 9: Wei-Chiang Lin
||Carlos Otero, Jonathan Cobos-Solis, Gianfranco Malanga, Jazzmin Harris
||Lower Limb Prosthetic Weight Adjustment Accessory
||In order to find therapeutic measures for gait symmetry, there must be weight adjustment on a prosthesis which will affect the gait of an amputee as well as allow the prosthetist to view what weight best serves their patient. Our device will fulfill the need of a prosthetist, the need of being able to easily adjust the weight of a prosthetic, without replacing the entire prosthetic. This will benefit the gait symmetry of the individual if the device is designed properly and is able to enhance the symmetry of the socket of the amputee to improve gait symmetry. The scope of this project’s research element includes biomechanics, kinematics, prosthetics and materials. The tangible output will be a Lower Limb Prosthetic Weight Adjustment Accessory that will aid Prosthetists in quickly adjusting a prosthetic weight to help aid a patient's weight preference and possibly improve gait symmetry.
||FIU Physical Therapy Departmen
||Dr. Sheila Clemens
|I Choose to Mentor Team 10: James Schummers
||Melissa Fernandez, Christopher Tejada, Nasika Meades, & Kevin Pol
||Islet Cell Concentrator
||The goal of the project is to develop a handheld device that can heat up dental epoxy to be malleable, so the orthodontist can mold a tooth filling at higher efficiency.
|I Choose to Mentor Team 11:
||Carlos Armas, Rayyan Naji (Leader), Valentina Roldan, Shadi Selkhi
||The project will consist of designing and vetting of a new and novel design of the speculum that will allow healthcare providers better access and view the cervix, while allowing patients to experience less discomfort or pain during cervical examinations.
||HAYDU AN MD3 COMPANY, LLC
||Daniel T. White
|I Choose to Mentor Team 12: Jessica Ramella-Roman