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Students address real-world healthcare problems through senior design projects

Laura Schmitt
5/8/2017 3:39:51 PM

A year-long, project-based class, Bioengineering Senior Design’s capstone course enables students to apply the knowledge they’ve learned over four years to solving real-world medical challenges. On May 4, the 12 Bioengineering student teams showcased their solutions to faculty, fellow students, parents, and project sponsors. 

“Their projects highlighted the amazing skills they have gained, which will allow them to provide healthcare solutions to their communities and the world,” said Bioengineering Teaching Associate Professor Jenny Amos, the course director for Senior Design.

First place accolades went to Team Radial Access Trainer for designing a device that simulates puncture and catheter placement in the radial artery. The device, which includes analogs for patient artery and skin, wrist-joint articulation, and simulated pulsatile blood flow, could be used to train clinicians on the radial access procedure. The project was sponsored by Dr. John Vozenilek, the vice president and chief medical officer at Jump Simulation, and Erik Anderson, a simulation engineer at SIMnext in Peoria.

Second place went to team NeoPneumo Simulator, which developed a simulator that works with a prototype medical device designed by Dr. Howard Singer for performing emergency needle chest decompression on premature infant patients. Dr. Singer, who has a pediatric practice in Elgin, IL, co-sponsored the project with Jump Simulation in Peoria.

Third place went to team Stylight, which created a nasogastric feeding tube detection system that could be used to train physicians on how to properly insert a patient feeding tube without the use of x-rays. The students’ system included a fiber-optic cable in place of the standard stylet. The project was sponsored by Dr. William Schuh, chief medical information officer at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.

1st place Senior Design Demo winner Radial Access Trainer
Pictured (left to right): BioE Head Rashid Bashir; students Dipen Kumar, Andrew Graham, George Couston, Rebecca Ficht, Mark Doose; Senior Design Course Director Jenny Amos, and Course Teaching Assistant Ian Berg.
1st place Senior Design Demo winner Radial Access Trainer Pictured (left to right): BioE Head Rashid Bashir; students Dipen Kumar, Andrew Graham, George Couston, Rebecca Ficht, Mark Doose; Senior Design Course Director Jenny Amos, and Course Teaching Assistant Ian Berg.
 

2nd place Senior Design Demo winner NeoPneumo Simulator
Pictured (left to right) BioE Head Rashid Bashir; students Katarina Dobrowski, Brendan Pullen, Jenny Bogdal, Abhi Deshpande, and Molly Kelly; Senior Design Course Director Jenny Amos and Teaching Assistant Ian Berg.
2nd place Senior Design Demo winner NeoPneumo Simulator Pictured (left to right) BioE Head Rashid Bashir; students Katarina Dobrowski, Brendan Pullen, Jenny Bogdal, Abhi Deshpande, and Molly Kelly; Senior Design Course Director Jenny Amos and Teaching Assistant Ian Berg.
 

3rd place Senior Design Demo winner Sylight
Pictured (left to right) BioE Head Rashid Bashir; students Matt Ramsey, Sarah Schuh, Michelle Kalenda, and Audrey Blazek; Senior Design Course Director Jenny Amos and Teaching Assistant Ian Berg.
3rd place Senior Design Demo winner Sylight Pictured (left to right) BioE Head Rashid Bashir; students Matt Ramsey, Sarah Schuh, Michelle Kalenda, and Audrey Blazek; Senior Design Course Director Jenny Amos and Teaching Assistant Ian Berg.

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