Hackathon Addresses Health Care Disparities

Thirty-one members of the Yale community convened at the Center for Engineering Innovation and Design this past weekend for the Hack the Gap health care hackathon.

Original Yale News Article here.

Engineering and Art Meet at Two Museums

Both the Yale Center for British Art (YCBA) and the Yale University Art Gallery (YUAG), have incorporated student projects borne out of Engineering Innovation & Design (ENAS 118), to complement ongoing exhibits that opened recently.

Full Yale SEAS Story here.

Engineering Students Design Lacrosse Practice Solution

The product of one of CEID's classes - ENAS 118: Introduction to Engineering, Innovation & Design - a smart lacrosse target that helps goalies avoid injury during practice is a new tool that Yale's lacrosse coaches now have in their arsenal, thanks to the partnership between Yale Athletics and the CEID.

Yale Daily News Article here.

Students Use Virtual Reality to View Tissue

Virtual reality can take you to Mars, the North Pole, even back in time. But how about inside the kidney of a mouse? Students in Medical Device Design & Innovation (MENG/BENG 404) have developed a virtual reality platform that allows for a closer examination of 3D images from kidney biopsies.

Full Yale SEAS Article here.

Engineering Students Enlightening Museum Goers On Newton

Engineering Students Enlightening Museum Goers On Newton

The exhibit is a collaboration between YCBA and Historic Royal Palaces, an organization that manages some of the United Kingdom's unoccupied royal palaces. The exhibit will be open at the YCBA from early February through April and at Kensington Palace starting in June.

Original Yale SEAS Article here.

HAM Radio at Yale, 85 Years And Going Strong

HAM Radio at Yale, 85 Years And Going Strong

Making its own comeback is Yale’s amateur radio organization, W1YU. Founded in the early 1930s, the Amateur Radio Club at Yale had a strong run for many decades, but activity started quieting down by the 1980s and ‘90s “as other technologies became shiny and new.” But in recent months, the crackle, hiss and chatter of amateur radio systems is springing back to life in the Yale community and around New Haven. And indeed, the club has been going full force in the last year or so: earlier this semester, it hosted a very well-attended demonstration for Yale students at the Center for Engineering Innovation and Design (CEID), and it now holds regular meetings for members and prospective members in Dunham Lab. 

Yale SEAS post here.

Yale start-up’s device makes a medical procedure a lot safer

Yale start-up’s device makes a medical procedure a lot safer

Placing a central venous catheter, or a central line, in patients is a common procedure for physicians, but not an easy one. In fact, mistakes happen up to 10 percent of the time and cost U.S. hospitals an estimated $4.5 billion each year.

With its Ballistra Guidewire Advancer, the Acantha Medical team – made up of Yale students and faculty – hopes to eliminate many of those complications and make the procedure much safer. In less than two years, the start-up has attracted a number of investors and accolades. Most recently, it won a $15,000 prize from the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering and VentureWell.

YaleNews article here.

CEID Enters its Fifth Year

CEID Enters its Fifth Year

CEID members have, in just four years, created successful medical startups, placed at national design competitions, formed new extracurricular groups, produced and published studies, and more. The center’s assistant director, Joseph Zinter spends time there almost every day and is consistently impressed by the work and innovation of its members.

“It is an incredibly vibrant and inspiring community,” said Zinter.

YaleNews article here.

Innovations for Children's Health at Hackathon

Innovations for Children's Health at Hackathon

A wearable breathalyzer, an app designed to improve communication between patients and health care workers and a device that would flag false alarms for hospital patients were just a few of the innovations developed at HackPeds, a hackathon focused on children's health care.

The event, the second annual hackathon organized by the student group Bulldog Hacks, too place over two days at the Center for Engineering Innovation and Design (CEID).

Original Yale SEAS article here.

Yale startup on its way to $1 million  seed round

Yale startup on its way to $1 million seed round

A Yale startup has raised 75 percent of its $1 million target in the seed round of funding which began in February.

Founded by Ellen Su ’13 and Levi Deluke ’14, the medical technology startup Wellinks features a smart strap for scoliosis back braces called “Cinch.” The product is linked to a smartphone application via bluetooth, which allows users, their guardians and doctors to track data on how long the brace has been worn.

Yale News article here.

Engineering Better Waves for Surfers Everywhere

Engineering Better Waves for Surfers Everywhere

The technology of surfing, for much of the sport's history, has focused on better boards for riding the waves. In recent years, though, some forward-looking folks have focused instead on the waves themselves and have created what's known as "surf parks" or "wave gardens." Here, surfers can ride artificial waves inside giant pools.

For the course Mechanical Engineering Special Projects (MENG 472), Jan Schroers, Professor of mechanical engineering, and Larry Wilen, a Center for Engineering Innovation & Design mentor and senior research scientist, set up the challenge of building a prototype of a surf park that would allow for the study of wave formation and to assess energy and economic requirements of an actual park.

Original post from Yale SEAS News here.

Exploring the secret life of house sparrows with the aid of a 3D printer

Exploring the secret life of house sparrows with the aid of a 3D printer

Researchers at Yale's PET/CT Imaging Center, and at the Yale CEID are pushing the applications of 3D printing to help them during experiments where methods for monitoring specimens under anesthesia and standardizing the position of the specimen are falling short. With the design work of Senior Design Fellow Max Emerson, the researchers can now image sparrows in a safer and more reliably useful way. 

See full story in Yale SEAS news here.

CEID Fosters Innovative Startups

CEID Fosters Innovative Startups

Even though it’s only four years old, the Center for Engineering Innovation and Design (CEID) already has an impressive résumé of nurturing startups.

In just the last few years, the CEID has helped launch PremieBreathe, a low-cost infant respirator that seeks to prevent the respiratory complications that claim the lives of 1.5 million infants each year, especially in low- and middle-income countries; Wellinks, a clip that measures the tension in the straps of back braces worn by youngsters with scoliosis; Khushi Baby, a digital necklace that contains an infant’s complete vaccination history; an as-yet-unnamed device that aims to make notoriously painful bone marrow biopsies virtually painless; and more.

Full Story here

With CEID, Engineering School Expands Hands-On Educational Opportunities

With CEID, Engineering School Expands Hands-On Educational Opportunities

Students perform mock brain surgery for the class "Medical Device Design and Innovation." Currently, the CEID hosts classes in mechanical, electrical, biomedical, chemical, and environmental engineering, and the topics range from creating a novel medical device to constructing a new musical instrument to developing ways to better treat wastewater.

Full YaleNews Story here