I am an entrepreneuring biomedical engineer with a background in neuroprosthetics and implantable electrode systems. I am interested in improving the treatment of chronic conditions through the development and improvement of medical devices and have first-hand experience as a user of medical devices for diabetes treatment for over twenty years, including insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitors.

As a graduate student, the focus of my research has been developing nerve interface devices. I have worked with a team of engineers and scientists from multiple institutions in the development of a wireless peripheral nerve interface platform based on electrode arrays designed for cortical stimulation. The device platform is designed to be easily modified for recording or stimulation purposes and for nerves of varying size. My team has implanted devices of this type into rodent models, illiciting motor responses consistently over a 14-month period. I have lead a study to investigate the relationship between the size of this type of peripheral nerve interface device and damage done to its target nerve.

The nerve interface devices that I have worked on utilize floating microwire electrode arrays, inductive-link wireless telemetry, and non-hermetic silicone encapsulation. While these devices have been tested in-vivo in rodent models, they have been designed with human clinical use in mind. Potential applications for these technologies include prosthesis control, sensory feedback, and bioelectronic medicine delivery. Nerve interface devices of this type have the potential to greatly impact the medical field.

In addition, I designed a surgical insertion instrument for wireless cortical neural stimulator devices and was involved in the first implantations of those devices in human cadaver tissue and living primates. This instrument is currently being finalized for use in an upcoming human trial.

The last century of rapid technological advancement has created a world of new opportunities to use technology and devices to treat medical conditions. After using insulin pumps and glucose meters for over twenty years, I have personally seen the incredible improvements medical devices can have on a person's quality of life. I have also seen the frustrations that can be caused by devices that fail or are designed poorly. These experiences have led me to develop an interest in creating medical devices that can solve problems in new ways. Having been a medical device user myself, I have passion and insight for designing devices that are sensitive to the needs of the patient. Even when working on research projects in a laboratory, I focus on making devices that can be easily translated to clinical use.

Working with physiologists, veterinarians, neurosurgeons, materials scientists, and other biomedical engineers at various institutions while in school has been a great opportunity and has strengthened my ability to approach design problems from multiple points of view. I am eager to bring my skills, experience, and passion to a career in the development of medical devices.

Aug 2011 - Present

Laboratory of Neural Prosthetic Research

Illinois Institute of Technology - Chicago, IL

Graduate Research Assistant

Designed, developed, and tested peripheral nerve interface devices.

Assessed nerve damage due to implantation of peripheral nerve interface devices.

Designed an instrument for the insertion of neuroprosthetic brain implants.

Performed analysis of leakage current in neural recording and stimulation electrode arrays.

Jan 2010 - Apr 2011

Biosensors Laboratory

Michigan Technological University - Houghton, MI

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Dec 2009 - Jan 2010
Jul 2009 - Aug 2009

Douglas Scientific

Alexandria, MN

Engineering Intern

Aug 2011 - Present

PhD, Biomedical Engineering

Illinois Institute of Technology - Chicago, IL

Notable coursework

Aug 2007 - May 2011

BS, Biomedical Engineering

Michigan Technological University - Houghton, MI

Notable coursework

Programming & Computer Software

Laboratory Skills

Below is a list of my published papers and conference presentations. Links are provided to the journal webpage for each paper.

2016

2015

2014

2013

Software Development

Aug 2017 - present

Created and operate a worldwide player ranking and event management system for a competitive tabletop game.

Business

2006 - 2008

Operated a custom drum company with online and local sales.

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