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.

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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.

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Rob Wallace on How To Present Yourself Concisely

Rob Wallace on How To Present Yourself Concisely

"It was a pleasure having Rob Wallace in the CEID on October 7th to lead a workshop on how to present yourself concisely. Wallace, a former ABC 20/20 and CBS 60 Minutes II producer, founded NxtAct, a company that works with individuals to create short, yet effective live resume videos."

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CEID Alums Premie Breathe Win 250,000 USAID Saving Lives at Birth Grant

The CEID is proud of our former Summer Fellows Premie Breathe on all of their accomplishments!

More on Premie Breathe and their feature on SEAS's website here. 


“We agreed there was no reason this couldn't be done, especially with a strong engineering team in place,” Stone said. The core team soon grew to include Chan, a biomedical engineer, Jordan Sabin (’16), a mechanical engineer, and Shirin Ahmed (’12) with the Global Health Leadership Institute (GHLI). The company has since expanded to include student members Maddie Knapp ‘17 and Medha Vyavahare ‘17, Erik Tharp ’16, and David Wang ‘18.

GHLI provided support to PremieBreathe and facilitated a relationship with Ayder Referral Hospital in Ethiopia. The venture advanced with a summer fellowship in the Center for Engineering Innovation and Design(CEID) and Yale Entrepreneurial Institute (YEI) provided resources and mentorship.

When Chan and Sabin visited Ethiopia in 2015, they saw doctors using devices cobbled together with old tubing and soda cans to deliver oxygen to vulnerable infants. Besides being too costly for many of these healthcare facilities, existing respirators require reliable electricity, sterile water, compressed oxygen, and other resources scarce at hospitals in the region.

With these economic and environmental constraints in mind, the team spent two years refining the device and getting feedback from partners in Ethiopia and their mentors at Yale. The result is a device expected to retail for approximately one-fifth the cost of commercially available equivalents. It also operates independent of significant clinical infrastructure. "

2016 CEID Summer Fellow Final Presentations

"Members of the fourth cohort of the Yale School of Engineering & Applied Science's Summer Design Fellowship made their final presentations last week. The 12 students in residence at the Center for Engineering Innovation & Design comprised five teams, each working on a specific project for eight weeks. The Summer Design Fellowship is unique in that student teams are provided the resources to create hardware and software solutions for a specific problem, as opposed to working on previously established research projects. It is the only fellowship specifically designed to assist "makers" at Yale"

Read about all of our summer fellows here:

Acantha (Brandon Hudik)

Acantha, Brandon Hudik pictured above

Team Motor, Philip Piper, Betsy Li, Dante Archangeli (from left to right) 

The members of EZ Ice at an earlier event, Joseph Bedford and Craig Wojtala (from left to right)

Conduit, Tilman Bartelsmyer, Patrick Aiden Brooks, Hannah Knight ( from left to right) 

VIP Transplant (Lilium Wu, Zobia Chunara, Jefferson Zhou)

V.I.P Lilium Wu, Jefferson Zou, Zobia Chunara (from left to right) 

Yale Celebrates a Nation of Makers

If you were to visit the Center for Engineering Innovation & Design (CEID) recently, you might find a researcher using the 3D printer to reproduce fossilized monkey bones. Or you might meet a team of students working on an app for kidney transplant patients.


This type of dedication to innovation has caught the attention of the President of the United States, as well as the President of Yale University.  A White House initiative called the National Week of Making showcases the ingenuity and inventiveness of individuals who work together and create solutions to challenging problems.  Yale Engineering is featured in the White House Fact Sheet on the 2016 National Week of Making. Pres. Barack Obama initiated the week-long celebration of "the tinkerers and dreamers whose talent and drive have brought new ideas to life."


Read more: http://seas.yale.edu/news-events/news/yale-celebrates-nation-makers  & http://seas.yale.edu/news-events/news/zinter-and-kwan-talk-ceid-success-white-house-symposium  & http://president.yale.edu/speeches-writings/notes-woodbridge-hall/bakers-makers

ENAS 400 Students 'Making It" Work With Start-Up Pitches

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Aiming for ways to revolutionize how we live – from the office desk to how families eat – the students in Making It (ENAS 400) aimed high. In its first year, Dr. Joe Zinter, the assistant director of the Center for Engineering Innovation & Design who teaches the course, said Making It sits at the intersection of design, technology and entrepreneurship.

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James S. Tyler Jr. ’65 D.Eng. supports Yale CEID

James S. Tyler Jr. ’65 D.Enghas made a new $20 million commitment to support the Center for Engineering Innovation and Design (CEID), a program and design laboratory serving Yale’s School of Engineering & Applied Sciences (SEAS) and the greater Yale community. The generous contribution will establish and endow a director’s resource fund, which will help sustain the activities of the center in perpetuity.

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Yale University President on Innovation

Notes from Woodbridge Hall: Innovation, if you look around you, is everywhere on Yale campus: students work together across disciplinary boundaries on fascinating projects supported by the Center for Engineering Innovation and Design, where a professor of French literature and her students translate Emile Zola’s words into three dimensions and a mechanical engineering class’s project leads to improvements in vaccination delivery in India.

Read more: http://president.yale.edu/speeches-writings/notes-woodbridge-hall/leap-day

Necklace aids child vaccination

Appropriate Technology Design Course Product: Around 1.5 million children die around the world every year from diseases that could be prevented through vaccination. India has one of the lowest vaccination rates in the world at under 60% - well below the World Health Organization's 90% target. But in rural Rajasthan, a simple necklace - which contains a child's vaccination records in a computer chip - is helping boost the numbers protected.

Read more: http://www.bbc.com/news/health-35655035

Headphones: ENAS 400 Students are "Making It"

The course ENAS 400: Making It, sits at the intersection of design, technology, and entrepreneurship. Taught by Dr. Joseph Zinter, the class started out with making a custom pair of headphones using many of the equipments found in the CEID including but not limited to the milling machine, lathe, laser cutter, 3D printers, sewing machine, hand tools, sheet metal shear, and puncher.

Read more: http://seas.yale.edu/news-events/news/want-custom-pair-headphones-enas-400-students-are-making-it

Design For Sound Health

Startup Launched from Yale CEID: When Ellen Su started at Yale, she planned to major in art and study painting, but got interested in design and sculpture. She supplemented her studies with courses in mechanical engineering and ended up with a degree in art focused on product design. "I think recently there's been a big resurgence in design and design thinking," she says. "I ended up picking courses that I felt were related to what I was doing."

Read more: http://www.courant.com/hometown-heroes/hc-hometown-hero-ellen-su-20160123-story.html

MENG/BENG 404 Wraps Up Another Successful Semester

Co-taught by Dr. Joseph Zinter, assistant director of the Center for Engineering Innovation & Design, and Dr. Jean Zheng, engineering director at the Center for Biomedical and Interventional Technology (CBIT), the course brings together interdisciplinary teams of students to with physicians from the Yale School of Medicine and Yale-New Haven Hospital to address unmet clinical needs. This year, the four teams tackled creating realistic patient simulator, reduce pain in bone marrow biopsies, what happens after an organ transplant, and making gall bladder surgeries more efficient. 

Read more: http://seas.yale.edu/news-events/news/more-medical-devices-future-mengbeng-404

Medical Device Design Course Product Development

Since the first human heart transplant nearly 50 years ago, the standard of care for transporting donor organs has changed little. A heart, kidney, or liver is harvested, cleaned, placed in a cooler on ice, and shipped off via ambulance or jet plane. There are fancier transport containers, but they can be prohibitively expensive or too unwieldy to travel long distances. For a particular organ—the intestine—a cooler simply won’t work. A doctor worked with engineering students to find a way to transport intestines for transplant.

Read more: http://yalemedicine.yale.edu/winter2016/features/feature/222247/

Hackathons to Advance MedTech

Over the course of a frenetic weekend in March, five unlikely colleagues—an undergrad, a nursing student, a doctoral candidate, an employee at a marketing startup, and a hospital resident—came together to design a device to help asthma sufferers. Inspired by a keynote speech at a hackathon, the initial group formed over a shared interest in asthma dosing. Rounding out their team at lunch, they then spent the rest of the weekend working like mad to complete their device.

Read more: http://yalemedicine.yale.edu/winter2016/features/feature/222244/

New Artery? We can print that

3D printing holds the promise of bioengineered organs. It offers a new possibility: custom-printed 3D models, which surgeons could handle and experiment with, of the structures that they would later cut, stitch, and screw together.

Read more: http://yalemedicine.yale.edu/winter2016/features/feature/222252/