Graduate Students

Sean  McNamara

Sean McNamara

Sean is a developing the next generation of Neural Prosthesis. His design will be more robust than previous versions making it suitable for testing with patients.  The design uses as artificial neural network to control the timing of a functional electrical stimulator...

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Pablo Valenzuela

Pablo Valenzuela

Graduate Student Pablo is currently assisting Prem with the third generation of the neural prosthesis.  Pablo will be characterizing performance of the device, testing new features, and ensuring robustness of the design.  Next year he will be developing the fourth...

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Premkumar Subbukutti

Premkumar Subbukutti

Graduate Student Prem is developed the third generation of the neural prosthesis.  We are working with the department of physical therapy to developing an experimental medical device to improve gait in people with muscle weakness associated with spinal cord injury,...

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Jeremy Smith

Jeremy Smith

Graduate Student Jeremy is developing methods to optimize the design of 3D metal printed parts. Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS) is a new technology that can be utilized to create structures that cannot be produced by traditional machining processes.  Unlike...

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Reza Farsad Asadi

Reza Farsad Asadi

M.S. in Technology 2018 Reza developed the first two generations of the neural prosthesis.  The device includes a microcontroller that captures data from four Inertial measurement units (IMUs) and four foot pressure sensors.  The device also include a functional...

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Erik Myers

Erik Myers

Graduate Student Erik is developing an new rotary valve system for internal combustion engines that improves engine power.  Dr. Tanaka provided local support for Erik after his thesis adviser, Dr. Tony Rizk, left WCU to take a position at California Institute of...

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Terail Clonts

Terail Clonts

Graduate Student Terail is designing “materials” in which the elastic modulus can be adjusted. This is being achieved by 3D printing mesostructures within the material.  These meso structures are smaller that the overall size of the part so overall part shapes can be...

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Theo Waltz

Theo Waltz

M.S. in Technology 2016 Theo is designing a new type of powered ankle orthosis to assist people that have difficulty walking. The device will have a novel power transmission system that will enable high power to be delivered over a short time improving push-off during...

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Chaoke Dong

Chaoke Dong

M.S. in Technology 2015 Chaoke is using the Basin of Stability Chair to measure the stability of the human spine. This research will provide experimental data to complement previously developed theoretical models in order to gain a better understanding of spinal...

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Shahab Karimi

Shahab Karimi

M.S. in Technology 2016 Shahab is studying the bandwidth of human neuromuscular control. Through his research we hope to reduce the occurrence of low back pain by developing more sensitive diagnostic methods and improving the overall understanding of how the brain...

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Undergraduates

Jake Toney

Jake Toney

Jake graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering, Mechanical Concentration in Spring 2022.  He is used mathematical modeling to characterize the performance of a glass blowing furnace at the Jackson County Green Energy Park (JCEP).  Using these model he...

Lindsey McGregor

Lindsey McGregor

Junior Mechanical Engineering Lindsey is studying how combustible fuel can be produced from organic waste.  She has created a computational models to characterize the performance of a small scale biodigester (anaerobic digestor) located at the Jackson County Green...

Ian Green

Ian Green

Freshman Electrical Engineering Ian is looking for ways to improve the flight time of drones.  He has created a mathematical model to understand the impact of adding solar cells to a commercially available drone. These cells produce energy, but they also add weight. ...

Soha Yusuf

Soha Yusuf

Junior Engineering Soha is a visiting student from Pakistan who is working to developing a mathematical model to characterize the vascular nature of brain tumors and model the effect of chemotherapy.  We are interested in modeling the transfer of nutrients from blood...

Adam Griffin

Adam Griffin

Junior Engineering, Mechanical Concentration Adam is conducting a thermal analysis of glass blowing kilns to quantify the kiln's heat loss and learn if design changes can be made to improve performance.

Alexa Lavin

Alexa Lavin

Sophomore Electrical Engineering Alex is designing a detection device to monitor breathing for people in hospitals.  Her work includes both mechanical and electrical design.  Last year she assisted with the development of the neuroprosthesis.

Jazz Click

Jazz Click

Junior Electrical Engineering

Jazz is developing a device to provide positive biofeedback to assist people during stroke rehabilitation gait retraining. The device includes a Arduino Nano microcontroller, foot pressure sensor, microphone, and lithium batteries. During gait retraining, when the patient’s heel strikes the ground (as desired) a positive tone is emitted from the device providing biofeedback to reinforce the motion.

Jason McCurry

Jason McCurry

B.S. in Electrical Engineering 2015 Jason is working on the electrical design of the powered ankle orthosis. He will also assist with the gait analysis experiments and the development of the FES orthosis.

Arlynn Baker

Arlynn Baker

BS in Engineering, Mechanical Concentration 2018 Arlynn is a Spirit Scholar at WCU. She is studying differences in gait associated with differences in tibial torsion angle. This research is being conduction in colaboration with Dr. Hudson in Physical Therapy. In...

Merab Mushfiq

Merab Mushfiq

B.S. Chemistry 2016 Merab is currently investigating how Google Glass can be used to assist people with disabilities. After completing this project she will work with Mitra on cancer modeling. She will be attending graduate school at Virginia Commonwealth University...