Category: Manufacturing Engineering
- Project Title Professor
An immediate and definite need exists for a portable diagnostic device for the assessment of changes in cortical function that may form the basis for an objective diagnosis of mTBI. This project's aim is the continued development of such a portable device and testing protocol that could be used in the field with military personnel. This project investigates a multimodal approach based upon identification of characteristics of vibrotactile and visual stimuli as well as detection of sensory illusions. The scientific basis of the test presumes interruption in neural connectivity.
A class of three-dimensional micro force sensors and a class of substrates with integrated micro force sensors will be developed to measure the cell sensitivities to local stiffness; A class of continuous substrates with stiffness patterns at micro- and nano-meter scales will be developed to study cell sensitivities to local substrate stiffness (SS); Based on the obtained experimental results, a detailed biophysical model will be established at the molecular level to describe the dynamic cell mechanosensitive mechanism and process to SS.
Florida Tech has signed a subcontract for $520,000 on a U.S. Department of Labor grant awarded to the Florida MEP. We will recruit for the TechPoint® software training program and place 50 engineer trainees into manufacturing positions. The effort will continue over three years through the continuing education department. We will partner with Time Wise Management Systems on this comprehensive program, which will be available in all 23 counties in Florida’s high tech corridor. This program is funded in part by a U.S. Department of Labor grant of $4,941,552.
This award supports a planning visit to the National Cheng Kung University in Tainan, Taiwan, by Prof. Pierre Larochelle.