SuturAid – Ischemia Reducing Anastomotic Aid

Kevin Malone, Francis Pham, James Taylor

SuturAid is a result of tackling the problems with the treatment and intervention of aortic aneurysms. During treatments, a graft is put in place of the aneurysm. Their design efforts are centered around creating a reliable device that reduces the amount of time is takes to place the graft, and therefore preventing ischemia of the kidneys.


BME: Shaan Sethi, Brent Huxel, Dan Goldberg, Ashley Johnson
Computer ENG: Blaine Booher, Lee Carraher
Electircal ENG: Ben Noble, Salman Nasir
DAAP: Sally Pipkin, Alan

A project that picked up where the previous bilirubin team left off, the redesigned BiliRead took what was learned and enhanced the device. Although the clinical problem was set, this team proves that design never stops, and created a new device interface while enhancing the programming that went into this minimally invasive bilirubin device.

Diabetic Foot Care

Phil Gettinger, Amro Kamel, Denise Brunck, John Vennemeyer, Maya Harmon, Molly (DAAP)

Innovation doesn’t stop because the class ends. This team created a device that tests the temperature of the feet of a diabetic patient to check for lesions that could result in infection or amputation. The plans for this device are to take it to market, and create a household device that could save diabetic patients time and pain.

Hemostatic Valve

Catherine Teuschle, Wendy Goodwin, Whitney Gaskins, Youngmin Ahn

Today in interventional radiology, catheters are used to gain access to the brain by the femoral artery. This team focused on developing a dual seal hemostatic valve that will decrease the amount of back bleeding by maintaining pressure during a catheter exchange, and reducing the event of a clot formation.

Intubation – Radlyn

Angie Albright, Fahad Ali, John Besse, Tommy Cramer, Alex Hollandshead, Kate Hoyt, Stephanie Keller, Elizabeth O’Neidy

With a cooperation with the inventors of the Radlyn LLC, this team had the challenge of creating a multi-purpose stylet used in endotracheal intubation. They also wanted to alleviate trauma done to the trachea and vocal cords when performing an endotracheal tube exchange. Their two concepts were a result of the cooperation between the students, the faculty and the clinical advisors.

Emergency Intubation

Scott Meyer, Michelle Hennard, Shereen Myers, Mohammed Siddiqui, Melanie Suckeraieh (DAAP)

This project was centered around researching methods and coming up with innovative ideas of endotracheal intubation, specifically in emergency settings. The end product was a stylet with a small embedded magnet in the tip inserted into the mouth and directed upward and towards the vocal cords and into the trachea by an electromagnet placed on the outside of the throat. The device was also aided by an introducer to help guide the stylet.