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Point-of-Care Medical Tests Devices and their Value as Educational Projects for Engineering Students

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2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Indianapolis, Indiana

Publication Date

June 15, 2014

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June 15, 2014

End Date

June 18, 2014



Conference Session

NSF Grantees’ Poster Session

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Division Experimentation & Lab-Oriented Studies

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NSF Grantees Poster Session

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24.987.1 - 24.987.12



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Michael G. Mauk Drexel University

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Richard Chiou Drexel University (Eng. & Eng. Tech.)


M. Eric Carr Drexel University Orcid 16x16

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Mr. Eric Carr is a full-time Laboratory Manager and part-time adjunct instructor with Drexel University’s Department of Engineering Technology. Eric assists faculty members with the development and implementation of various Engineering Technology courses. A graduate of Old Dominion University’s Computer Engineering Technology program and Drexel's College of Engineering, Eric enjoys finding innovative ways to use microcontrollers and other technologies to enhance Drexel’s Engineering Technology course offerings. Eric is currently pursuing a Ph.D in Computer Engineering at Drexel, and is an author of several technical papers in the field of Engineering Technology Education.

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Justin Bryan Gillander

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Joshua C. Newton

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Kelly R. Reid

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Point-of-Care Medical Tests Devices and their Value as Educational Projects for Engineering StudentsAbstractPoint of Care Medical Diagnostics devices are portable microfluidics-based systems that test forinfectious diseases in clinical specimens such as blood. They provide fast, easily-interpreted test resultsin a low-cost format and do not require highly skilled operators. This technology is expected to play aprominent role in future healthcare, especially in resource-limited regions of the developing world.We believe point of care diagnostics devices are excellent topics for student projects. The projectsinvolve microfluidics, cell phone applications, image processing, optics, CAD/CAM and rapid prototyping,microcontrollers, sensors, C programming, instrumentation and process control, product development;and give engineering students exposure to important medical and biotechnology applications. Forexample, students have designed, constructed, and validated portable devices to test for viruses inblood samples, using a device that integrates a cellphone as a detector, controller, and communicationsport. This work provides ample opportunities for students to integrate their foundational knowledgeand skills in an increasingly important enabling technology for sustainable healthcare.

Mauk, M. G., & Chiou, R., & Carr, M. E., & Gillander, J. B., & Newton, J. C., & Reid, K. R. (2014, June), Point-of-Care Medical Tests Devices and their Value as Educational Projects for Engineering Students Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--22920

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