Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering


Neurosurgery Research (PI: Pierre Mourad)

In my laboratory on UW Seattle campus I seek to perform laboratory and pre-clinical activities that have a chance to help patients in my life time. Ultrasound represents the major tool I use to improve patient care. Specific projects include novel means of imaging traumatic brain injury, the modification of brain function with therapeutic intent, and stimulation of focal volumes of subcutaneous tissue in order to help medical doctors improve the anatomical specificity of diagnosis, hence treatment, of pain.

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Research at Smart Medical Devices Lab (PI: Jong Yoon)

Our research interests focus on the design and development of mechatronics systems and their applications in biomedical devices. In the current atmosphere of thriving collaboration between the medical and engineering establishments, including cutting-edge work on imaging/diagnosis and therapeutic approaches in surgical robotics, my research is topical and characterized by a strong interdisciplinary focus. Given our experience and expertise, three main research topics are:

  1. multi-modal medical diagnostic devices
  2. minimally invasive surgical robotics and smart user interface
  3. assistive technologies (neural interface and assistive devices). The above three components can stand alone but many times are tied together synergistically

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Development and Characterization of a Novel Orthopaedic Bearing Surface Material (PI: Cassandra Wright)

The use of ultra high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) inserts in total joint replacements (TJR), including total knee replacements (see Fig. 1), results in wear particle-caused osteolysis, the predominant cause for prosthesis failure and revision surgery. UHMWPE particle generation is inevitable despite the numerous efforts in improving this material. This project seeks to further develop and modify an enriched UHMWPE material (patent pending) that will serve as a drug delivery device to mitigate osteolysis. Students performing this research will compression mold, test and characterize modified polymers.

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