Project Title: Nasogastric Tube Placement Verification System

Xeridiem logoTeam 15024 Members:
Christopher Gallo, biomedical engineering
Summer Garland, biomedical engineering
Nathaniel Husband, biomedical engineering
Gary Tyree, biomedical engineering
Hang Van, systems engineering
Andrew Werchan, electrical and computer engineering

Coming full circle – from project to project adviser

By all accounts, Team 15024’s project was a winner.

Sponsored by Tucson-based Xeridiem, the students’ Nasogastric Tube Placement Verification System earned two first-prize awards at UA Engineering’s 2016 Design Day – $1,000 for Best Presentation and $1,000 for Innovation in Engineering. The awards were funded by Rincon Research Corp. and Ventana Medical Systems.

Members of Team 15024 also took their show on the road, presenting the project at the June 2016 Capstone Design Conference in Columbus, Ohio.

Team lead Summer Garland, who presented on a panel about multidisciplinary projects, used the opportunity to compare the UA’s program with others. Her conclusion: “We have the top capstone design program in the country!”

Garland’s team developed a cost-effective, easy-to-use device that gives instant feedback on feeding tube placement.

“I was blessed with an amazing group of people,” she said. “They made it easy for me to lead.”

The team’s success was not without its share of setbacks, though. In fact, arriving at a solution took 36 tries!

“That’s research,” said Garland, who worked in the BIO5 medical products research laboratory for two years.

The team’s can-do attitude continues to pay off. Xeridiem has graciously named all team members on patent applications for the device. And, when team mentor Paul Melnychuck needed to replace a departing employee, he called Garland, who is working part-time for Xeridiem as a customer success engineer and will go full time in January when she graduates.

Now the biomedical engineering major is looking toward advising students following in her footsteps on Xeridiem-sponsored design teams.