Mechanical Engineering graduate students David Comber and Massimiliano Simi have won first and second place in the Three-in-Five competition at the Design of Medical Devices Conference in Minneapolis, Minn. They were among 10 authors selected from the 112 accepted abstracts to give a five-minute presentation composed of no more than three slides. After presenters completed their pitches, they answered questions from a panel of leading medical technology innovators.
The winning presentations are:
Precision Pneumatic Robot for MRI-Guided Neurosurgery
David Comber – Laboratory for the Design and Control of Energetic Systems and Medical and Electromechanical Design (MED) Lab, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Vanderbilt University.
Magnetic Mechanism for Wireless Capsule Biopsy
Massimiliano Simi – the BioRobotics Institute, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna and STORM Lab, Mechanical Engineering Department, Vanderbilt University.
Simi is advised by Pietro Valdastri, assistant professor of mechanical engineering.
The Vanderbilt Initiative in Surgery and Engineering is an interdisciplinary, trans-institutional center whose mission is the creation, development, implementation, clinical evaluation and commercialization of methods, devices, algorithms, and systems designed to facilitate interventional processes and their outcome.