August 2009

Sadan Kulturel-Konak

Sadan Kulturel-Konak is currently an Associate Professor of Management Information Systems and the coordinator of Engineering Entrepreneurship at Penn State Berks, which she joined in 2003. Dr. Kulturel teaches courses on management information systems, project management, business statistics and entrepreneurship leadership. Dr. Kulturel's research interests are in modeling and optimization of complex systems and robustness under uncertainty. She uses exact solution methods such as mixed integer programming (MIP) as well as metaheuristic techniques such as Tabu Search, Genetic Algorithms, and Ant Colony Approaches with applications to facility layout, reliability, scheduling, telecommunications, etc. Dr. Kulturel's other research interests consist of women in information systems and engineering, and teaching and learning with virtual teams. She received her degrees in industrial engineering: B.S. from Gazi University, Turkey, M.S. from Middle East Technical University, Turkey and from the University of Pittsburgh, and Ph.D. from Auburn University.

Lisa Getzler-Linn

Lisa Getzler-Linn is the Associate Director of Lehigh University's Integrated Product Development (IPD) program, a multi-phased program in which business, engineering and arts & sciences students work together to produce and market new products. She serves as Director of the Lehigh Entrepreneurs Network and Eureka! Series of student entrepreneurship competitions. Along with guiding students through the venture creation and product development process, her interests focus on intellectual property issues for student entrepreneurs, ethics in entrepreneurship, and assessment of student performance in multi-disciplined, team-based courses.

Amy Buitenhuis

Amy Buitenhuis is currently doing research with the Queen's University Applied Sustainability Research Group in appropriate technology and open design. She was also the co-founder of Engineers Without Borders at Queen's, which started in January 2009.

Joshua Pearce

Joshua Pearce is the head of the Queen's University Applied Sustainability Research Group. His primary research concentration is in solar photovoltaic cells and photovoltaic materials engineering. His research interests also include applied sustainability (both in the US and in developing countries), open source appropriate technology, and service learning. In addition, he is the manuscript editor for the International Journal for Service Learning in Engineering.

John Sidhom

John Sidhom is a Biomedical Engineering undergraduate student from the University of Michigan, intending to graduate in April 2011. As a freshman, he took an Intro to Biomaterials and Design class, in which he conceived of the "Magnetically-Assisted Artificial Joint." Currently, he is the interim CEO of Magnetic Ventures.


John Sidhom has applied for and been awarded 1 grant

  • Magnetic Ventures

    Began August, 2009 and ended August, 2010

    Over the past thirty years, total joint arthroplasty has emerged as an effective treatment for damaged natural joints. In the U.S., about 950,000 primary total joint replacements are done each year. Despite these medical advancements, artificial joint implants are still limited by their mechanical and material properties. Most plastic-on-metal joints only last 10-15 years before wear and plastic debris lead to revision surgery. The alternatives to plastic-on-metal joints, such as ceramic-on-ceramic joints, are difficult to manufacture, expensive, and are rarely covered by private insurance. With the current range of products, many patients have to choose between price and quality of life. Magnetic Ventures is a medical device startup spun out from the University of Michigan. This team has designed the Magnetically-Assisted Artificial Joint. This patent-pending joint design uses repulsive magnets to create a low-friction joint interface. This platform technology will be seamlessly integrated into the existing plastic-on-metal joint, thereby providing a low-cost, high-performance solution. This team has gained feedback from orthopedic surgeons, recruited countless medical and business professionals, conducted secondary market research and written a business plan.

    With the team:

    • Dr. Thomas Zurbuchen Center of Entrepreneurship, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
    • Dr. Aileen Huang-Saad Professor, Biomedical Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
    • Mrs. Sharyn Sivyer Senior Project Representative, Research Development and Admin , University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
    • Mr. Joseph Ferrario Business Consultant,
    • Dr. Steven Goldstein Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery and Bioengineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
    • Mrs. Lisa Kurek Managing Partner,
    • Dr. John Blaha Clinical Professor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
    • Dr. James Ashton-Miller Research Professor, Biomedical Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

David Wells

David L. Wells has been Professor of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering at North Dakota State University since January 2000. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in process engineering and production engineering systems design for conventional manufacturing, electronics assembly, biomedical products and micro-manufacturing. His active research lies in orthopedics, micro-assembly, micro-machining, PCB process engineering, printed electronics, applications of RFID technologies and manufacturing engineering pedagogy. He is active in SME, ASEE, SMTA, IEEE and ABET. Prior to joining NDSU, he held manufacturing engineering and management positions in aerospace, commercial sheet metal and automotive industries for twenty-six years. He also held a faculty position at University of Cincinnati for fifteen years. He is a certified manufacturing engineer and earned the BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University and the PhD in Engineering Management from University of Missouri-Rolla.


David Wells has applied for and been awarded 2 grants

  • Hydrophilic Ceramic Dental Implant

    Began December, 1969 and ended December, 1969

    The objective of the current project is a feasibility demonstration of a ceramic dental implant having a hydrophilic surface. The underlying hypotheses are ... [a] a hydrophilic surface will promote more rapid bone integration; [b] a ceramic substance can be compounded that will assimilate into the natural bone more completely than does titanium; [c] the ceramic implant will have adequate mechanical strength for service as a base for an artificial tooth. The currently-favored manufacturing process is ceramic injection molding, using spherical powders on the order of 200 nanometers in diameter, and perhaps smaller. Several ceramics are currently being studied, as are various hydrophilic surface coatings and treatments. Preliminary specifications for a test article have been defined, as have design concepts for the necessary manufacturing tooling. Research and development tasking is as follows: Product Requirements and Test Methods (Radtke); Ceramic Materials and Compounding (Brantner); Coating Materials and Surface Treatments (Verma); Manufacturing Processes and Tooling (Lanoue); Market and Enterprise Development (Wurm). Professor Wells is the overall project director. Mr. Myrick is a master tool maker, and Mr. Dailey is an expert CNC programmer. Both technicians bring decades of experience and highly creative minds to the project.

    With the team:

    • Dr. David Wells Professor, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, North Dakota State University
    • Mr. Armon Myrick Research Technician, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, North Dakota State University
    • Mr. Lewis Dailey Research Technician, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, North Dakota State University
  • A Multi-disciplinary, Multi-level Innovation-team Course (Planning Grant)

    Began August, 2008 and ended April, 2011

    Building upon previous campus experiences, a prototype will be developed and demonstrated for a course centered in innovative product, process and enterprise development. The prototype course will focus on innovations in micromanufacturing for medical and dental implants and surgical tools. Characteristics of the prototype course will include ... [a] project-oriented; [b] team-based; [c] multi-disciplinary (based in engineering, but also incorporating students from business and applicable science majors); [d] multi-level (sophomore through graduate students); [e] repeatable for credit. Three-fold course learning objectives will be defined and refined in ... [i] competencies for translating laboratory research into commercial utilization; [ii] creation and maintenance of intellectual property; [iii] technologies of micromanufacturing. Included will be competencies in identifying needs in the focus industry and in defining new products and processes to fill those needs. Students will be mentored by professors, research technicians and industry partners, as may be suitable to the topic under study, all under leadership of the Principal Investigator. In addition, serial operation of the prototype course will demonstrate its suitability for integration into degree requirements in accreditable engineering programs and in applicable majors in business and sciences. Metrics for assessing student achievement in innovation, invention and academic learning will be defined and, over the duration of the project, demonstrated. A further end-product of this project will be templates for syllabus and other aspects of course organization that are transferrable to other courses oriented to innovation-based learning in any technology.

    With the team:

    • Ms. Amy Scott Assistant Director, Sponsored Programs Administration, North Dakota State University
    • David Wells
    • Dr. Gary Smith Dean, Engineering and Architecture, North Dakota State University
    • Dr. Kambiz Farahmand Professor and Chair, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, North Dakota State University

Chris Cherry

Chris Cherry is an Assistant Professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where he has served since graduating with a PhD from UC Berkeley. His interests include planning, economics, and environmental analysis of sustainable transportation systems. His recent research has focused on electric vehicle policy in Asia.

David Pistrui

David Pistrui serves as the Managing Director of Acumen Dynamics, LLC, a strategy-based education, training, and research firm. In 2009, Dr. Pistrui was appointed as a Senior Fellow at the Austrian Economics Center in Vienna. Dr. Pistrui has held several scholarly appointments in the US and Europe, including the Coleman Foundation Chair in Entrepreneurship at Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago. He served as the founding Managing Director of the Wharton Enterprising Families Initiative at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Pistrui is an active researcher and serves on the editorial boards of Journal of Developmental Entrepreneurship, and the Journal of Engineering Entrepreneurship. He is also currently serving as a Special Issue Guest Editor of the International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management.

David Silver

David Silver, MD is an Adjunct Professor in the Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering Department at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Ted Jinseup Shin

Ted Jinseup Shin, Assistant Professor in Industrial Design, received his MFA Degree in Industrial Design from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2001. Previous to that, he earned his BFA degree in Product Design from the Yeungnam University in Korea. He worked for Samsung Electronics in Korea for seven years where he designed various products, including Samsung's first clamshell-type cell phone, which changed their entire production line. After he received his MFA, he taught several Industrial Design courses at Southern Illinois University Carbondale in Illinois for five years. Currently he teaches Intermediate ID, Model Making, Advanced ID II, and advanced visualization techniques at Metro. Ted's interests are product-people interaction design, cultural design, new materials and technologies, and creativity. He is a member of IDSA and actively working with national and international companies as a professional design consultant.