In order to learn more and gain hands-on experience with innovation & entrepreneurship, I completed two engineering design fellowships and participated in hackathons. Working collaboratively to develop projects and pitch them to judges within a short period of time has added an entrepreneurship dimension to my GCS experience. Through these experiences, I have gained familiarity with aspects of the insight informed innovation process, an integral aspect of engineering and product development.
Design Health Associate
Hours: 90 hours, Fall 2019
As an Associate in the Design Health program at Duke, I have collaborated with cross-functional teams of engineers, clinicians, and business development professionals to address challenges in operating room safety/efficiency by: (1) identifying unmet, underserved, and unarticulated needs in the clinic through a structured ethnography process, and (2) scoping potential technology-based solutions to the high-priority needs. My team’s effors have been highlighted by the Duke School of Medicine in its online publication, Magnify.
Research & Development Intern at LivaNova
Hours: 480 hours, May – August 2019
In addition to my depth of experience in academic research, I have also contributed to research and product development in the MedTech industry. During Summer 2019, I was an intern at LivaNova – a global MedTech company and market leader in neuromodulation. As a member of the electrical engineering team, I furthered hardware design and analysis of an implantable pulse generator (an FDA Class III medical device) to treat drug-resistant epilepsy through vagus nerve stimulation (VNS). I specifically contributed to the development of a next-generation product that will likely be submitted for FDA review in the foreseeable future. Through this experience, I saw first-hand how fundamental discoveries made by academic labs can be spun out as technologies that have the capacity to directly impact patient care.
Standing outside the LivaNova Neuromodulation headquarters in Houston, TX before my final presentation to the Research & Development division!
Duke Biomedical Engineering Design Fellow
Hours: 180 hours, Spring 2019 and Fall 2019
The Biomedical Engineering Design Fellows program is an intensive design program for BME students interested in gaining practical design experience. Through this fellowship, I completed a two-semester Medical Device Design class where students I learned the general principles of electronic and mchanical computer aided design (CAD), printed circuit board (PCB) layout and fabrication, and electronic signal processing in hardware and with microcontrollers. Further, I collaborated with a team of students to design, construct and test a home-based, aerobic prehabilitation system for high-risk patients undergoing major surgery.
Presenting our work at the BME Design Symposium in December 2019!
HackDuke: Code for Good, Oct 2017
Hours: 36 hours
My teammates and I wrote software for Point-of-Care Microarray Image Processing using Python, OpenCV, and data analysis libraries. This program complements the D4 Assay, a point-of-care diagnostic test for rapid detection of protein biomarkers, which we are developing as members of the Chilkoti lab at Duke. The D4 Assay produces microarray data consisting of fluorescent spots overlaid on a dark background. Our application: (1) successfully detects spot locations from images of a D4 Assay, (2) calculates average fluorescence intensity of each spot, (3) plots the data on loglog axes, and (4) computes a sigmoid fit from which unknown sample values can later be determined and used to quantify biomarker concentration. For this project, my team won 1st place in the Health & Wellness track. Check out the announcement about our project on the Duke BME website!
With my teammates, celebrating at the end of HackDuke!