We’re happy to announce that Team Poly-Scientific Design from Cleveland State University (CSU) has taken first place in the first ever Stretch Your Mind Engineering Challenge. Team ROM 2.0 from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville took second place, and Team Hands Up from Catholic University of America took third.
Advised by Dr. Antonie J. van den Bogert from CSU’s Department of Mechanical Engineering, Team Poly-Scientific Design was made up of students Nattawat Sunpituksaree, Christopher Schroeck, Brianna McKinney, Gianfranco Trovato, and Michael Hanson designed an application in knee flexion and orientation monitoring for sports medicine and athletic settings.
Their report investigated the viability of Parker’s Electroactive Polymer (EAP) high-strain sensors as a monitoring apparatus in the prevention of athletic injuries. They also identified the associated market potential of such an application.
The team recommends using the EAP strain sensors to identify the ranges of motion that increase the risks of ACL injury, as well as the motions that prevent such an injury from happening. Their design monitors flexion and orientation of the knee, which are the main contributors to stress levels on the ACL.
Second place went to Team ROM 2.0 from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. Team members Jacob Knabe, Joshua Inglett, and Kyle Valenza (all spring 2016 graduates) designed a knee-monitoring device that addresses the issue of the current goniometer’s lack of digital recording, which makes it difficult for patients to use themselves. The ROM 2.0 device targets people who are recovering from knee surgery or knee replacement, who suffer from arthritis, or have special needs.
ROM 2.0 interfaces with Parker’s SCOUT™ Mobile software to record the range of motion in the subject’s knee. This makes taking range-of-motion measurements easier and more convenient for the patient.
Team Hands Up from the Catholic University of America, School of Engineering in Washington D.C. earned third place with its ‘Hands Up’ neurorehabilitation glove for stroke patients, who typically require physical rehabilitation to help regain arm and hand function. Designed to assess a patient’s recovery of hand function and range-of-motion, a glove that houses the EAP strain sensor measures the joint angle of the metacarpophalangeal (MCP) of the second digit. This helps to offer a subjective assessment of whether the therapy has been successful. The team consisted of Biomedical Engineering juniors, led by Assistant Professor Sahana Kukke. The students included: Rachel Vierra, Sherman Abrams, Benjamin Pesante, Christopher Rahimi, and Jamil Marzouka and they participated in the competition as part of a course - Sensor Applications in Neurorehabilitation.
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