Huang Group's Work on Power Prosthetics Featured in NSF Science Now
The work of BME’s Rehabilitation Engineering Center Director Helen Huang, and her researchers Fan Zhang and Ming Liu, are featured in Episode 29 of NSFScience Now. The Huang group’s studies regarding the impact of power prosthetic failures on amputees is the first of four NSF funded projects highlighted in the six minute video report.
BME professor Dr. Helen Huang, along with collaborators Dustin Crouch, Ming Liu, Gregory Sawicki, and Ding Wang, have published "A Cyber Expert System for Auto-Tuning Powered Prosthesis Impedance Control Parameters" in Annals of Biomedical Engineering. A patient's powered prosthetic has to be customized to account for the individual's physical condition. This fine tuning is typically done by a prosthetist, and the prosthetist needs to re-tune the prosthetic to account for the patient's physical changes. The research team has developed an algorithm for incorporation in the software of any powered prosthesis. The algorithm automatically tunes the amount of power the prosthetic needs in order for the individual to walk comfortably. For more information, please see NC State's press release, as well as the article.
Kent Gordon Selected to Receive Chancellor's Doctoral Scholarship Candidacy Award
BME graduate student Kent Gordon has been nominated and selected to receive a Chancellor's Doctoral Scholarship Candidacy Award from UNC Chapel Hill Graduate School's Initiative for Minority Excellence. Mr. Gordon has been selected from among nominees in departments across UNC Chapel Hill. This prestigious award has been made possible by a generous commitment from Chancellor Carol Folt. BME congratulates Kent Gordon for this outstanding achievement!
In service to the people of North Carolina, their health and their welfare, the mission of the NC State Undergraduate Program in Biomedical Engineering is to provide leadership through exceptional educational programs and experiences that prepare engineers and scientists to meet the challenges of biomedical discovery and applications of engineering to medicine.
The research and entrepreneurship of the faculty, students, and staff aim to accumulate, generate, and disseminate biomedical engineering knowledge to improve health care for the benefit of the people of North Carolina, the nation, and the world.
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Meet or exceed the expectations of their employers in the biomedical engineering workplace, or in other professional careers.
Continue to learn and adapt to evolving technology and changing career opportunities.
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An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
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An ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams.
An ability to identify, formulate and solve engineering problems.
An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
An ability to communicate effectively.
The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context.
A recognition of the need for, and ability to engage in life-long learning.
A knowledge of contemporary issues.
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