About CMII

Brief History

The Collaboratory for Medical Innovation and Implementation has been launched to achieve excellence in research and education with collaboration between faculty in the College of Medicine (COM), the College of Nursing (CON) and the College of Engineering & Applied Science (CEAS).  The Collaboratory consists of faculty members of the Mechanical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering Technology, Biomedical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Computer Engineering and Computer Science Programs.  The Center for Robotics Research has been conducting design and prototyping projects for COM and CON utilizing its expertise in intelligent control and robotics since 2010.

The Objective of CMII

The objective of this new initiative is two-fold:

  1. With this new initiative, anyone who is an idea generator can turn a concept into an actual hardware or software solution. For example a COM faculty could provide a description of a need or problem to utilize the expertise of the faculty members and students in the Collaboratory.
  2. As a result of this new initiative, CMII will provide a solution in the form of a prototype, with all the necessary hardware and software.  Using the above example, this has the double benefit of not only meeting the need or solving the problem for the COM faculty but also serving as training and hands-on experience for engineering students.

How can we work with you?

Highly motivated engineering students with outstanding intellectual capabilities will be selected and mentored by a team of engineering faculty in the Collaboratory.  A typical project will be identified and developed by CMII.  The project will then be assigned to engineering faculty, which will be paired with graduate and undergraduate students based on their background and interest.  These students will work closely with the faculty members to carry out these projects.

Examples of projects can be a design that needs to be prototyped, an idea that needs to be turned into an engineering design, implementation of a software program, or control of a hardware device.  If you have such needs, faculty members at the Collaboratory will work with you to evaluate the project scope, complexity, and duration, identify students suitable for the project, and estimate funding necessary (provided by the project sponsor) for completing the project.