On Friday, November 30th, undergraduate seniors from the College of Engineering and Computing participated in the college’s Senior Design Project Showcase.
Graduating seniors showcased their research to faculty, friends, and family. The senior design projects are a reflection of the students’ efforts and serves as their capstone undergraduate experience. This event is the culmination of a yearlong process in which the students planned, designed, and implemented ideas learned in the classroom to create new devices for applications ranging from implants, surgical tools, device manufacturing process development, and diagnostic devices.
“Each semester, the Senior Design 2018 Expo and Competition continues to exceed previous performances and continues to showcase excellence in design education and execution,” said Senior Design instructor Michael Christie. “Each team presented their project to the public and to a panel of judges from the medical device industry that included research and development, quality assurance, product development, manufacturing, all of whom were impressed by the preparation, training, depth of knowledge, professionalism and performance of our soon to be graduates”
Our Senior design project program continues to show upward momentum in the area of project sponsorship funding. This semester, projects were funded to a total near $22,500, for an average of a little over $2,500 per project. This represents a sequential semester over semester sponsorship growth per project of over 45 percent. We continue to see increases in the number of new sponsors, continuing projects, and the number of students who receive job offers that are related to their senior design projects.
A total of 9 teams in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, all of which were sponsored by a clinical organization in Florida, showcased their talents by each presenting their own original projects. Aside from the poster project showcase, BME opted to continue the end-of-semester tradition of oral presentations to showcase a more in-depth presentation of their research.
We would like to congratulate Team 2 (Refat Chowdhury, Quentin Diggs, Eddy Hernandez, Gricelle Perez) for winning 1st place in the oral presentation. Their presentation, “Auxetic Polyutherane Foam Prosthetic Sock”, was sponsored by Auxadyne, and the team was mentored by assistant professor Joshua Hutcheson.
We would also like to congratulate Team 5 (Maria Aguero, Estefania Delgado, Poomrat Rasamikomen, Gomeh Saias) for winning 1st place in the poster competition. Their presentation “Guiding System for Femoral Percutaneous Incision Utilizing Ultrasound Technology”, was sponsored by Dr. Akm Rahman from 1Vital Health and the team was mentored by associate professor Wei-Chiang Lin.
Lastly, we would like to congratulate Team 7 (Chazman Childers, Alejandro Del Calvo, Gabrielle Rivera, Gabriela Rodriguez) for winning 2nd place in both the oral competition, as well as the poster competition. Their presentation titled “Marker-Based Optical Tracking System for CyberKnife Robotic Quality Assurance was sponsored by The CyberKnife Center of Miami and they were mentored by associate professor Jorge Riera.
Congratulations to our seniors on all their dedication towards advancing research!
List of sponsors: Auxadyne, CyberKnife Center of Miami, Dr. Akm Rahman from 1Vital Health, Dr. Rossi from FIU Department of Physical Therapy, Garrison’s Prosthetic Services, Miami MedTech, & TissueTech