Technology Lecture: Biomedical Manufacturing: A Translational Research between Manufacturing and Healthcare

Date: 08 Apr 2009 - 08 Apr 2009

Venue: SIMTech Auditorium, Tower Block, Level 3

Healthcare poses major challenges for society, while manufacturing is an integral part of the multi-disciplinary approach to address these challenges. A new frontier of manufacturing research, biomedical manufacturing is presented in this lecture. By defining manufacturing in a broader perspective, namely the Big M, advanced manufacturing technologies in manufacturing processes, systems and quality control can be readily applied to improve the safety, quality, cost, efficiency and speed of healthcare services and biomedical research. The analogy of biomedical and industry is proposed to explain and define the biomedical manufacturing. Examples of the thermal management systems in energy-based surgery, pathology sample management system, and tissue cutting mechanics for needle biopsy are presented. These examples demonstrate that with close collaboration with biomedical researchers, manufacturing can make a significant contribution in healthcare services. An introduction of the new Medical Innovation Center (MIC) at the University of Michigan, with the collaboration of engineering, medical and business schools will also be presented.

About the Speaker
Albert Shih is Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering and Co-Director of the SM Wu Manufacturing Research Center and Associate Director of the Medical Innovation Center, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. After receiving his PhD from Purdue University in 1991, He worked at Cummins Inc. at Columbus, Indiana as a manufacturing engineer on advanced engineering materials for a wide variety of diesel engines and fuel systems applications. From 1998 to 2002, he was Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, North Carolina State University at Raleigh, North Carolina. He joined University of Michigan in 2003. His research and teaching interests are in manufacturing. He has conducted research in precision machining of advanced materials, precision machine design, precision optical measurements, Electrical Discharge Machining (EDM), elastomer machining, infrared temperature measurements, manufacturing of permanent magnets, semiconductor ceramic machining, thermal management of power electronics, non-contact optical metrology, and friction stir joining. Currently, Professor Shih's research and teaching focus are in biomedical design and manufacturing - the application of advanced design and manufacturing technology to advance medical device, healthcare operations and patient safety. He works closely with collaborators in the Medical School and is a founding member of the Medical Innovation Center at University of Michigan.

Professor Shih is an ASME Fellow and recipient of the 1999 ASME BOSS Award, 2000 NSF CAREER Award and 2004 SAE Ralph Teetor Education Award. He served as the associate editor of ASME Journal of Manufacturing Science and Engineering and was a guest editor of the Special Issue on Biomedical Manufacturing. He holds 5 US patents and more than 180 publications, including over 100 journal papers.

8.45 am    Registration

9.00 am    Presentation and Q&A 

10.00 am  Refreshments and Networking

Who Should Attend
Industry professionals, R&D managers, engineers, researchers, academic engineering staff and students

Registration for the lecture is free of charge. Seats are available on a first-come, first served basis.

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