Charles Tritt

Useful Presentation Tips

Posted by Charles Tritt Oct 29, 2013

There are many presentation tip sheets available on the web. This one -- A Geek’s Guide to Presenting to Business People | Leading Geeks Company -- seems pretty good. It never hurts to look over one of these before you prepare an important presentation and pick a few suggestions that will make your presentation more effective.

Charles Tritt

Disease Outbreaks

Posted by Charles Tritt Oct 17, 2013

Biomedical engineers are generally not involved with infectious diseases, but I found this list of outbreaks interesting and thought BE students, faculty and alumni might too: http://www.healthline.com/health-slideshow/10-worst-disease-outbreaks#1.

This short medical device industry news story illustrates several points: http://www.mddionline.com/article/st-jude-medical-buys-leadless-pacemaker-developer-nanostim-1235m?cid=nl.mddi01. These include:


Large medical device companies often grow and introduce new products by acquiring smaller companies. Most biomedical engineering jobs are at smaller, entrepreneurial companies.


Innovation and miniaturization of medical devices continues. Minimally invasive surgery continues to be a growth area in medical device development.


After over 50 years of experience and use, pacemaker leads are still problematic and need continued development. B.t.w., Wikipedia has a pretty good description and history of the pacemaker at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Artificial_cardiac_pacemaker.


There are lots of biomedical engineering companies and jobs in the Twin Cities area.

Here's a link to a sort article stressing the growing need for innovation in the medical device industry:

Medtech's Business Model Is Broken, But There's Hope: PwC Report | Qmed

Previously, company had to innovate in terms of performance, now its cost. Either way, they will need biomedical engineers.

Those crazy biomedical engineers. What will they think of next?

Introducing A 'Smart Cap' For Concussion Testing | ThePostGame

Olga Imas

BE Senior Design Review

Posted by Olga Imas Oct 9, 2013

The first round of BE senior design reviews is approaching.  BE seniors will be presenting and discussing their design projects with BE faculty on Wed October 23 and October 30, 2013 at 12 pm in S325 (BE Lab). 


October 23, 2013:

Design Team 001 - Electrocardiogram-Derived Respiration Laboratory System

Design Team 004 -  Pneumatic Research Device for Induction of Traumatic Brain Injury In Rat Model

October 30, 2013:

Design Team 002 - Mobile Heat Illness Monitoring System (MHIMS)

Design Team 003 - Catastrophic Events and Drug Administration Perfusion Simulator

In the past, BE junior class representatives found it beneficial to attend the senior design reviews in preparation for the following year.  Interested BE juniors should contact Dr. Tritt for more information and permission to attend.

The attendance is also open to two interested BE sophomores on first-come first-served basis.  All alumni and IAC members, and industry professionals are welcome to attend.  Those interested to attend please contact Dr. Tritt at tritt@msoe.edu.


This is an excerpt from a Facebook post by a recent MSOE graduate:

After working at B. for only 4 months, it's already been drilled in me the ways of documentation in big medical device companies. It's funny to think how much I used to complain about the MSOE version DHF (called a DHR here) and lab notebooks for our BE classes, not too long ago. Times were simpler then.

It sounds to me like we’re doing it right here.

Here are some ideas that might get current freshmen and sophomore students thinking about possible design projects:


The Class of 2015 Junior Progress and Feasibility presentations will take place immediately before at an IEEE sponsored dinner meeting on Thursday, December 12. Details will be announced later, but save the date.

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