“This is a way for students to showcase their skills, talents and their ability to present,” said Privatera. “[The format] means they have to know their stuff. In five minutes, they have to demonstrate a problem, a solution and their testing.”
For the projects, students employed technologies like additive manufacturing, computer-aided design and infinite element analysis. One team used a 3D scanner to develop an automatic sizing system for a wrist brace. Another team engineered a stent that diverts blood flow to reduce the risk of aneurysms.
Just as important as the technology was the collaboration with physicians. In addition to faculty mentors, students worked with physicians at UC Medical Center and other area hospitals.
Industry judges, representing local medical device companies such as Kinetic Vision and AtriCure, awarded the top three teams with cash prizes. The project “Novel Solution for Nasal Intubation” by UC students Jana Cody, Alex Hoyle and Kristina Hulm won first place for developing a universal nasal tube used in maxillofacial surgeries.
The “Do It or mDIEp!” competition helped prepare UC graduates to enter the workforce with the communication skills to succeed. The creativity and problem solving students displayed in the projects will translate to exciting endeavors in the industry.