Georgia Tech’s Spring 2017 Capstone Design expo concluded last night at McCamish Pavilion.
The event showcased the inventions of 242 teams from 11 schools and three colleges with 1,222 graduating seniors participating from multiple disciplines.
Capstone Design is a culminating course offered to undergraduate students in several disciplines at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Students work in teams to design, build, and test prototypes with real world applications. At the end of each semester, students showcase their efforts at this event. Teams display and pitch their inventions and marketability to a panel of judges, invited guests, media, and their peers, while competing for cash prizes and top honors.
At this Capstone Design expo, biomedical engineering students received awards for the best interdisciplinary team and the top biomedical engineering team award.
The first award presented was for the interdisciplinary category which was won by The X-Fives team. Their project centered around an X-ray machine positioning robotic arm; their team sponsor was Micro-C Imaging. The MICRA (Micro-C Robotic Arm) is ceiling mounted and holds, moves, and positions their sponsor's x-ray machine. The MICRA allows a surgeon to take x-rays without needing the assistance of a technician and can then be retracted back into the ceiling—reducing the amount of time and effort needed to take an x-ray during surgery.
The winning members on The X-Fives team are:
* Aman Bedi, mechanical engineering (ME) from New Delhi, India
* Haoli Du, biomedical engineering (BME) from Atlanta, Georgia
* Dhara Patel, biomedical engineering (BME) from Alpharetta, Georgia
* Quynh Tran, mechanical engineering (ME) from Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
* Minh Tran, mechanical engineering (ME) from Vinh, Vietnam
The top biomedical engineering team category winner was PediaTRACH. Their project description says, “Pediatric patients who need endotracheal tubes to breathe can suffer from problems due to misplacement of the tube. Due to this, it is industry standard to take daily x-rays to visualize tube placement. Our team is creating a device to ensure tip placement without radiation.” Their project’s sponsor was Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.
The winning PediaTRACH team members are:
* Kara Hardin, biomedical engineering (BME) from Evans, Georgia
* Joanna Gochuico, biomedical engineering (BME) from Princeton Junction, NJ
* Nasya Paul, biomedical engineering (BME) from Ridgecrest, California
* Dhanushka Vitharana, biomedical engineering (BME) from Canberra, Australia
To view pictures of the 2017 Spring Capstone Design Expo, visit:
Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology