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Stevens Team Wins First Place in New Jersey ISPE Student Poster Competition

Diagnostic invention allows clinicians to comprehensively evaluate spinal movement

Hoboken, NJ, May 10, 2012 --( A student team from Stevens Institute of Technology has taken first place in the undergraduate division of the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE) 2012 New Jersey Regional Poster Competition. The ISPE conducts the annual competition between student members of the society, who present visual displays of their research findings and answer questions from a panel of distinguished judges. The winning teams in the regional competitions take their posters to the ISPE Annual Meeting and compete with other teams from all over the world.

Justyna Zielinska presented a poster "Tri-axial Electro-goniometer For Spinal Motion" on behalf of the team that included Samantha Music and Kerri Killen. The team was advised by Dr. Antonio Valdevit and Dr. Collin Harris. Their electro-goniometer serves as a diagnostic device for surgeons or physical therapists, who currently use x-rays to evaluate the progression pre- and post-spinal surgery. The tri-axial electro-goniometer is a battery-powered device, attached to the back by two straps, that displays real time data of every spinal movement in three orthogonal planes. It allows clinicians to evaluate the range of motion of the spine, providing more dynamic and accurate results than x-rays.

“The outstanding performance at the ISPE competition and the practical value of this device to real clinicians are all the more remarkable when one considers that these students are balancing a challenging course load as well,” says Dr. Michael Bruno, Dean of the Charles V. Schaefer, Jr. School of Engineering and Science. “We are thrilled with the energy and determination that our students continue to demonstrate.”

Justyna was declared the overall winner of the New Jersey competition in the undergraduate category, and she will receive a grant to travel to San Francisco, CA in November to compete in the international poster contest.

“I got to meet so many professionals and people in the industry that were really interested in our device and it just made me realize how valuable it really is,” says Justyna. “My group and I worked so hard all year on making device this device work…The win at the ISPE competition reassured us that all our hard work is really paying off, and hopefully in a couple years you will see our device in a doctor’s office!”

“That this relatively small group of students has achieved such a great deal is a testament to their talent as well as their diligence,” says Dr. Valdevit.

In addition, Sheetal Patel was declared a winner among seven Stevens teams that competed in the graduate category. She presented a poster “Implementation of Process Analytical Technology on Clean-In-Place using Total Organic Carbon”. Her poster advisor was Professor Andrew Walsh.

The other posters presented by the Stevens’ teams were:
Pharmaceutical Cleaning Process Improvement using Design of Experiments (Charulatha Papineni, advisor – Prof. A.Walsh)
Solvent interference study on Seivers 900 TOC analyzer (Qian Zhuge, advisor – A.Walsh)
Accuracy, Linearity and LOD of visual inspection on stainless steel surfaces (Ashish Patel, advisor – A.Walsh)
Recovery of water insoluble compounds using TOC analyzer (Sonali Sharma, advisor – A.Walsh)
Implementation of wireless temperature monitoring system for temperature controlling device (Vinod Borsadiya; advisor – A.Walsh)
Direct Detection of Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients from Intact Tablets by Plasma Ionization on a Modified Atmospheric-Pressure Source Designed for Electrospray (Freniel Jariwala; advisor - Athula B. Attygalle)
Synovial Fluid and Staphylococci (David Monterio; advisors- Danielle Neut, Henny van der Mei, Henk Busscher, Woo Lee)

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The mission of the Department of Chemistry, Chemical Biology, and Biomedical Engineering (CCBBME) is to exploit the natural interdependence of science and engineering, to maintain comprehensive educational programs, and to conduct innovative and purposeful chemistry and biology research that will both inform and be informed by biomedical engineering applications. CCBBME fulfills the larger mission of Stevens Institute of Technology, which creates new knowledge and educates and inspires students to acquire the competencies needed to lead in scientific discovery and in the creation, application and management of technology to solve complex problems and to build new enterprises. Learn more:
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