Project Title: Active-Assist Elbow Flexion Orthosis

Team 16051 Members:
Adriana Barreda, biomedical engineering
Carissa Grijalva, biomedical engineering
Justin Hsieh, agriculture and biosystems engineering
Blakeley Koziol, biomedical engineering
Tim Shimon, biomedical engineering
Gore logoMichael Sveiven, biomedical engineering and electrical and computer engineering (team lead)

Sponsors: UA College of Medicine and Department of Biomedical Engineering, with additional support from Gore

Flexion Device to Aid Healing

Dr. Daniel LattThis is the third year Dr. Daniel Latt, UA associate professor of orthopedic surgery and assistant professor of biomedical engineering, has sponsored an Engineering Design project. He has nothing but praise for the 2017 team doing its part to fill the “great need” for development of biomedical products.

The students are creating a system that aids elbow surgery patients in healing and regaining normal range of motion.

“They’re doing a fantastic job and drawing on so many different aspects of engineering design,” said the orthopedic surgeon, who hopes one day he and his colleagues will be able to prescribe the flexion device.

The system will include a comfortable, compact elbow brace for post-surgical immobilization; a motor assist mechanism that kicks in to help patients with muscle-strengthening physical therapy exercises; wireless technology for real-time feedback; and a fun, user-friendly mobile app that sends exercise reminders, advises patients on how workouts are going, and provides information to the treatment team.

With the preliminary design review behind them, team members are on to the comprehensive design review and exploring options – developing not just a Plan A or even Plans A and B, but Plans A, B, C, D and E to ensure a successful project.

The team expects to complete a prototype of their system by the end of April, for display and judging at Engineering Design Day 2017 on May 1.