2014 Senior Design Team wins $2,500 in competition

A team of three 2015 Washington University School of Engineering & Applied Science graduates has won $2,500 in a national competition for the device they created for their Biomedical Engineering Senior Design course in Fall 2014.

Tony Wang (kneeling) tests the spasticity device his team developed on Olivia Sutton, while Charles Wu observes. (WashU photo)

Olivia Sutton, Tony Wang and Charles Wu, all who earned a bachelor's degree in biomedical engineering in May 2015, took third prize in the 2015 BMEStart competition for their Spasticity Quantification Device. The device is designed to be a diagnostic tool to measure spasticity in a clinical setting when strapped to a patient's limb. Using an accelerometer and force transducer, the device is designed to measure the range of motion in spastic limbs, velocity of motion and resistive force when rotated about a joint at a relatively constant velocity. The team worked with Jack Engsberg, PhD, professor of occupational therapy, of neurosurgery and of orthopedics at the School of Medicine.

Sutton is a first-year medical student at Weill Cornell Medical College, and Wang and Wu plan to begin medical school next year.