Department of Biomedical Engineering Abstracts


Heartfelt works to reduce reaction times and improve safety during clinical heart catheterization through an adaptive haptic response device.  Financial support for this project was provided by CardiaTact Control, LLC.

Team: Kaniy Anandaraj, Ajay Raman, Evan Roden, Tess Kleanthous, Jared Fink


As people with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (pALS) lose mobility of the neck, most end up in a restrictive wheelchair headrest. This headrest is designed to hold the head rigidly in one position, which can further reduce mobility. In collaboration with Team Gleason, our design aims to develop an adjustable headrest mount that can be independently controlled by both pALS and caregivers of pALS (cALS). The Panoramyx mount will allow for movement in three planes. Support from Team Gleason and the Rice Fund is gratefully acknowledged.  

Team: Lily Rothschild, Ava St. Clair, Christopher Tamburin, Andre' Trahan


The SurgJoy Laparoscopic Tool is an ergonomic solution for surgeons who experience uncomfortable, limiting geometry in current instrumentation. Its organic shape allows those with all hand sizes to use functional controls without sacrificing surgical capabilities. Support from the Rice Fund and NIH 5R25EB019904-05 is gratefully acknowledged.

Team: Bolden Charles, Katie Russell, Ryan Henney-Herron, Elana Kraversky, Griffin Foster

Yellow Crane

Yellow Crane has designed a device for maintaining finger joint positions in patients with spasticity during a 3D scanning process of the hand.  Support from NIH 5R25EB019904-05 and Southeast Louisiana Veterans Healthcare System is appreciated.

Team: Morgan Hearne, Jackson Grisbaum, Maddison Burbach, Maddison Troy


Low resource communities lack access to breast cancer screening often resulting in the development of late stage tumors. TumorVision is a temperature sensing wearable that detects potential tumor sites via differences in metabolic heat generation.  Funding support from Biomedial Innovation for Global Impact (BIG Impact) and Dr. Uwe Pontius is gratefully acknowledged.  

Team: Maddie Clerkin, Keefer Boone, Meagan Kelly, Swathi Katakam


Hemolysis is the breakdown of red blood cells that can occur due to various physiological, environmental, and treatment factors. For clinical testing, this breakdown leads to unreliable results, requiring samples to be redrawn and retested. DR KE's proposed baffled blood tube design aims to decrease shear stress on the sample during transportation in order to decrease hemolysis rates.  Funding from NIH 5R25EB019904-05 and the Rice Fund is appreciated by the team.

Team: Delia Carlino, Rachel Soans, Kelly Vinh, Eva Gutt

Pontius Pluralities

Open wedge high tibial osteotomies are performed medically to correct varus alignment aka bowleggedness. The current procedure results in about 25% dissatisfaction with the outcome directly related to the patient’s quality of life, 48% of patients able to return to the same level of physical activity than before the surgery, and is prone to infection. Orthopedic surgeons need a way to implement the Pontius high tibial osteotomy implant that allows for the accurate placement of each plurality with respect to one another and to the borders of the cortical bone of the tibia while also minimizing invasiveness. Our idea to aid in the implementation is to put small k-wire holes through the pieces of the plurality, allowing them to slide along the k-wire like a track for easier and more accurate implementation. Deep gratitute is expressed to Dr. Uwe Pontius for his support of this project.

Team: Sarah Littell, Anna LeJeune, Ethan Hernandez, Elle Sullivan