BME Undergraduates Recognized For Innovation in Design Projects

Student groups awarded financial support for National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance Competition

Seven project teams from the BME180 class (BME Senior Design) were awarded $500 stipends to support their projects to participate in the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance’s (NCIIA) BMEidea competition, a nationwide contest for BME student projects that aims to identify and recognize innovative, commercially promising medical devices and technologies developed by entrepreneurial student teams. Student groups were judged on their complete commercialization strategy - product innovation, market need, regulatory pathway, sales strategy, and economic issues.

This is the first year the BME project teams include an interdisciplinary element, with students from other majors - including mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, and materials science - participating. 

The UC Irvine BME projects that were awarded stipends are:

Circular Ablation Catheter for Atrial Fibrillation (AF) Treatment

The ultimate aim of this project is to design and create a circular catheter that is capable of ablating a full peripheral lesion using RF energy to better treat atrial fibrillation that is sometimes caused by spontaneous signals generated in the pulmonary veins (PVs) by blocking these signals with a layer of cells created using the catheter. 

Mentor: David Chi, Product Manager, St. Jude Medical, Inc.

Student Team Members (from left to right):

Jennifer Tao Fang Yuan

Nazila Norouzi-Bazaz

Ashkan Hajirasooliha

Andrew Ramdhani

Seyed Mohammad Khalessi Hosseini

Justin Lin (front)

Design of a Minimally Invasive Endoluminal Suturing Device

The project addresses the need for a minimally invasive endoluminal suturing device, which will allow physicians to repair damaged tissues and stents following a minimally invasive procedure without extensive surgery.  This breakthrough system will be capable of: minimally invasive introduction into patient, reasonable degrees of freedom in-situ, and replicating hand suturing.

Mentor:  Ralph Schneider, Principle Engineer, Edwards Lifesciences, LLC

Student Team Members (from left to right):

Andrew Emon Aeh Heidari

Travis Jameson Kruse

Jennifer Michelle Taylor

Sam Manoucheri

Eric Christopher Clough

Geraint Levan

Determine the Hardness of Cataract

A cataract is visual clouding that occurs in the crystalline lens, which hardens as cataracts increase and impair vision.  The goal of this project is to develop a pre-surgical diagnostic device to determine the hardness of the crystalline lens, which is currently judged by the surgeon during removal cataract surgery. 

Mentor: Tibor Juhasz, Ph.D., LenSx Lasers Inc.

Student Team Members (from left to right):

Richie Jason Han

Jacques Domange

Kevin Ming-Kit Lukito

Stanley Ng

Kendrew K. Au

Shiyi Xia

Developing Point of Care Diagnostics for Acute Myocardial Infarctions

The goal of this project is to improve the accuracy and response time of cardiac marker testing for patients who come to an emergency room complaining of chest pain, which can significantly reduce the diagnosis time of an acute myocardial infarction (or heart attack) and improve treatment outcomes using nanopetals.

Mentor: Michelle Khine, Ph.D., assistant professor, biomedical engineering and chemical engineering and materials science, The Henry Samueli School of Engineering, UC Irvine

Student Team Members (from left to right):

Meenal Nachiappan

Mulyadi Juwono

Allison Christine Baker

Maelin Mao Hickman

Douglas Cosgrove Taylor

Scott Gregory Strayer

Low-Cost Blood Analyzer for Malaria Detection

The goal is to develop a rapid, sensitive, disposable, and low-cost blood analyzer to identify malaria and diagnose the infection stages using the identifiable changes in the properties of infected red blood cells.

Mentor: William C. Tang, Ph.D., acting chair and professor, biomedical engineering and electrical engineering and computer science, The Henry Samueli School of Engineering, UC Irvine

Student Team Members (from left to right):

Kun Qian

Ling Xuan Kong

Robert Yang Diehl

Timothy Quang

Transon Van Nguyen


William CC. Tang (mentor)

Gelareh Eslamian (co-mentor)

Medical Diagnostics on a CD: Applications in Centrifugal Microfluidics

The goal of our team is to develop an easy and inexpensive tool, a centrifugal microfluidic system on a CD, to capture and count T-cells to determine the appropriate antiretroviral medication levels for treatment in AIDS patients.

Mentor: Lawrence Kulinsky, Ph.D., BioMEMS Laboratory, UC Irvine

Student Team Members (from left to right):

Takeaki Morikawa

Victor Kelvin Sun

Richard Rodriguez Agbulos

Suleyman Ali Kazmi

Derek Wai Tam

Kelvin Ian Kao

Therapeutic Wheelchair for Arm Movement Training

The team’s goal is to develop a wheelchair that is practical, cost effective, and eliminates the need for stroke patients to seek medical assistance (physical therapy, etc.) for rehabilitation following a stroke.  The wheelchair will allow repetitive stimulation of an impaired arm, while eliciting significant motor neurons through coordination and motion, allowing the patient to improving muscular movements in their affected arms and legs.

Mentor: David Reinkensmeyer, Ph.D., professor, mechanical and aerospace engineering and biomedical engineering, The Henry Samueli School of Engineering, UC Irvine

Student Team Members (from left to right):

Saam Ostovari

Eric Somogyi

Danny Spampinato

Stephany Lugardo

Andre Paredes

Aaron Jimenez

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