INTERNSHIPS OBTAINED BY BMES@IOWA
- Student-specific information:
NAME: Brent Cumberford
NAME OF COMPANY OR INSTITUTION: CIVCO Medical Instruments
TIME SPENT AT INTERNSHIP: Since May 2003. I’ve worked two
full time summers as well as part time during the school year.
DESCRIPTION: My responsibilities at CIVCO include providing support
to engineering team on every aspect from the initial concept,
to prototype, to the production of minimally invasive diagnostic
and therapeutic accessories. This past summer I was fortunate
enough to be assigned as the Lead Engineering on an OEM (Original
Equipment Manufacturer) bracket development project. Recently
I have picked up four smaller design projects. I spend a lot of
time using AutoCAD and Pro/ENGINEER.
CONTACT INFORMATION AND WEBSITE: Jennifer Blauvelt; (Jennifer.email@example.com).
COMMENTS: CIVCO has provided me an opportunity to work on every
aspect, from initial concept to the manufacturing of minimally
invasive diagnostic and therapeutic accessories. I have gained
experience in product design, quality control, injection molding,
tool making (molds), as well as working with a team. I cannot
say enough about the engineering team as well as my overall experience
at CIVCO Medical Instruments.
NAME: David Easker
NAME OF COMPANY OR INSTITUTION: Research Lab, Internal medicine,
TIME SPENT AT INTERNSHIP: Summer 2004
DESCRIPTION: Arrive in the morning around 9:00 A.M. Spend the
day working on my research project. I’d do research information,
perform experiments, and discuss project with others. I’d
write small programs to display results, and write up my results.
I’d meet a lot of people and see a lot of interesting medical
things, ex. Bronchoscopies.
CONTACT INFORMATION AND WEBSITE: Dr. McLennan, or Internal Medicine
COMMENTS: Great experience for research, excellent working hours
NAME: Elizabeth (Libbi) Kuehl
NAME OF COMPANY OR INSTITUTION: American Prosthetics and Orthotics,
Inc. in Davenport, IA
TIME SPENT AT INTERNSHIP: Summer ‘04
DESCRIPTION: I worked under a tech employee who taught me how
to fabricate orthotics such as shoe inserts and ankle braces.
The days weren’t really structured. I basically worked on
unfinished projects from the previous day and started new ones.
Jobs included: mixing and pouring plaster to make casts, modification
of the plaster casts, helping pull plastic over modified casts,
using grinding machines to grind down plastic on the braces and
inserts, and using vacuum trays to make inserts. I learned their
paperwork and organization systems. I also got to see some patients
with the residents and practitioners to observe their patient
contact skills and learn techniques on to fit the orthotics to
the patients. Otherwise, I helped wherever was needed.
CONTACT INFORMATION AND WEBSITE:
There are many AP&O offices around Iowa/Illinois.
Company website: http://www.oandp.com/facilities/ia/ampro/default.htm
For the Davenport, Burlington, and Moline offices contact John
Kamp at 563-324-7707. In Iowa City, the contact person is Don
COMMENTS: This is a great experience for anyone wanting to pursue
orthotics/prosthetics career and/or wanting to complete the certificate
program at Northwestern U. or another accredited university.
NAME: Andrea Hayes
NAME OF COMPANY OR INSTITUTION: Zimmer, Inc.
TIME SPENT AT INTERNSHIP: Summer (~3 months)
DESCRIPTION: Not really any typical days: did tolerance analysis,
mating conditions, test protocols, design assurance and project
history file content, reviewed prints, went to meetings, and helped
with lab/cadaver testing
CONTACT INFORMATION AND WEBSITE: firstname.lastname@example.org
COMMENTS: Zimmer has a 5 semester co-op program that sophomores
in their fall semester or freshmen in their spring semester should
consider applying or looking into.
NAME: Nicole De Vries
NAME OF COMPANY OR INSTITUTION: University of California, Los
TIME SPENT AT INTERNSHIP: 8 weeks during the summer
DESCRIPTION: Worked in Dr. Susan Harkema’s lab at the Human
Locomotion Research Center. Research focused on the neural reorganization
of the human spinal cord after clinically complete spinal cord
injury. Assisted with data analysis using customized LabView software
Excel. Presented a poster for faculty, staff, and participating
students. Participated in research presentations, meetings, and
CONTACT INFORMATION AND WEBSITE: http://www.care.ucla.edu/inside/summer.html
COMMENTS: Great opportunity to meet professors and professionals
in the engineering and research field. It offers free GRE classes
and seminars to prepare for graduate school. Trips to beaches,
hiking, and many other activities.
NAME: Michelle Sukup
NAME OF COMPANY OR INSTITUTION: Cook, Inc (summer 2004) Iowa State
University Chemical Engineering Labs (summer 2003)
TIME SPENT AT INTERNSHIP: Both were summer
DESCRIPTION: Cook: work 7:30-4:30, mess around with dissections,
eat breakfast, write test reports, perform tests, make test apparatus,
go to lunch, work on device designs, go skiing with my coworkers,
go to the emergency room for stitches (twice)
ISU: work at 9-5, make samples, wash dishes, clean the lab, test
samples, use a colorimeter, use a spectrometer, make solutions,
came in evenings and weekends as needed for sampling
CONTACT INFORMATION AND WEBSITE: www.cookgroup.com,
look for David St.John www.iastate.edu,
search for PWSE (program for women in science and engineering)
COMMENTS: I'm going back to Cook, I loved it!
- Student-specific information from last year (email addresses
may not be valid anymore):
NAME: Kyle Ferguson
NAME OF COMPANY OR INSTITUTION: Hygia Health Services
TIME SPENT AT THE INTERNSHIP: Summer 2003
DESCRIPTION: Head of R&D Department
CONTACT INFORMATION OR PROGRAM WEBSITE: www.hygia.net
COMMENTS: This was a great internship. It is definitly an internship
where you have deadlines and use your engineering skills. Along
with this, the bosses are really nice and cool. The work atmosphere
is spectacular. It is a small company and located in Alabama.
So I hope you're willing to travel to the good ol' south. As for
me, I'm going to be living there so needless to say I loved it.
NAME: Somaieh Kashef
NAME OF COMPANY OR INSTITUTION: University of Alabama at Birmingham
TIME SPENT AT THE INTERNSHIP: REU program started May 19, 2003
and ended July 25, 2003 at UAB (10 week program)
DESCRIPTION: "PROJECTS WERE AVAILABLE IN DIFFERENT AREAS IN MATERIALS
RESEARCH. This REU program was open only to United States Citizens
and permanent residents of the United States. The students selected
were provided a stipend for ten weeks period, additional $612
for stay at UAB campus dormitory during summer plus travel expenses
CONTACT INFORMATION OR PROGRAM WEBSITE: http://www.phy.uab.edu/research/reu.htm
OR Dr. Yogesh K. Vohra, Director of the REU Program (email@example.com)
COMMENTS: I did a research with department of physics and department
of BME at UAB. The research that I chose to work on was about
"wear testing of Nano-crystalline diamond coated temporomandibular
joint (TMJ)". My advisors were pretty nice and I really enjoyed
doing this research at UAB. opportunities for research at UAB
are really good. During this REU program, there was a meeting
every week. There was some social activities such as BBQ at a
state park at Birmingham. Also, I had to make a poster for a poster
session, do a power point presentation, and also write a paper
about the research I did. Also, each REU student may attend a
conference to present their research and the REU program would
pay for almost all the expenses for going to the conference such
as the round trip ticket. Overall, it was a great experience.
for more information about this program such as the application
deadline for summer 2004 check the website.
NAME: Amanda Stahle
NAME OF COMPANY OR INSTITUTION: Civco Medical Instruments
TIME SPENT AT THE INTERNSHIP: Summer 2003
DESCRIPTION: Assist quality department with process improvement.
This included performing time-studies, template re-organization,
and testing prodcuts.
CONTACT INFORMATION OR PROGRAM WEBSITE: Positions posted on e-recruiting,
and the company website is www.civco.com
COMMENTS: Located in nearby Kalona, IA.
NAME: Jennifer Dempsey
NAME OF COMPANY OR INSTITUTION: National Institutes of Health
- Biomedical Engineering Summer Internship Program
TIME SPENT AT THE INTERNSHIP: June 9 to August 15
DESCRIPTION: There are a variety of summer intern projects available
in all areas of biomedical engineering.
CONTACT INFORMATION OR PROGRAM WEBSITE: http://www.nih.gov/od/ors/dbeps/besip/index.htm
NAME: Chiraag Dharia
NAME OF COMPANY OR INSTITUTION: Harvard/MIT Division of Health
Science and Technology (HST) - Massachusetts General Hospital
(MGH) Biomedical Optics Summer Institute
TIME SPENT AT THE INTERNSHIP: June 11 to August 15
DESCRIPTION: Their website says: "Open to undergraduate and graduate
students, the Institute will focus on introducing participants
to Biomedical Optics, the use of light in biology and medicine,
by a combination of classroom work and laboratory research. Participants
will advance their professional development through developing
a peer and mentoring network and formal sessions on communication
and biomedical ethics." I worked in a lab that develops optical
coherence tomography (OCT) as a diagnostic imaging modality.
CONTACT INFORMATION OR PROGRAM WEBSITE: http://mit.edu/biooptics
COMMENTS: If you have any questions about this, feel free to email
NAME: Diane Thi Tran
NAME OF COMPANY OR INSTITUTION: University of California, Los
Angeles, NeuroEngineering Summer Research Program
TIME SPENT AT THE INTERNSHIP: Summer 2003 (8 weeks)
DESCRIPTION: I conducted research on a neuroprotective drug therapy
CONTACT INFORMATION OR PROGRAM WEBSITE: http://www.bri.ucla.edu/bri_education/net_summerresearch.asp
(may be a little outdated)
COMMENTS: Part of a larger summer research program that includes
science, math, engineering, and humanities. It was a lot of fun.
LA is awesome! Contact me for more info.
NAME: Natalie Danaher
NAME OF COMPANY OR INSTITUTION: Steadman-Hawkins Sports Medicine
TIME SPENT AT THE INTERNSHIP: 4/24/03-8/1/03
DESCRIPTION: I was a biomechanics intern during the summer of
2003 in Vail, Colorado. The Foundation is a non-profit organization
that does research for the Steadman-Hawkins Sports Medicine Clinic,
which a well-known orthopedic clinic that mainly provides treatment
for shoulder and knee injuries. The Foundation invites interns
to work for both paid and volunteer positions each summer and
also funds an orthopedic fellowship program for doctors each year.
I worked on a project that involved animating shoulder movements
using data collected in a past research project. The purpose of
the animation was for doctors, surgeons and physical therapists
to get a better, more accurate understanding of how the bones
in the shoulder move during a wide range of motions. Another BME
Intern worked on a project using motion capture during walking.
I was exposed a great deal to how research is done from start
to finish, and the importance of each step along the way.
CONTACT INFORMATION OR PROGRAM WEBSITE: If interested, visit the
Foundation website at www.shsmf.org
and take a look around. (the website may be down for a while for
COMMENTS: I had an amazing experience and would reccommend this
internship to anybody who may be interested in applying biomedical
engineering more directly to medicine (i.e NOT medical devices).
I had the opportunity to meet and work with doctors, physical
trainers and engineers throughout my internship. I also viewed
several surgeries and got a good look at the role engineers can
play in the medical environment.
- If you would like to provide information on your internship,
contact Brent Cumberford at firstname.lastname@example.org.