HRP SU20-11: Research Opportunity with Dr. Liisa Kuhn

Project Mentor

Dr. Liisa Kuhn 
Department of Biomedical Engineering

Undergraduate Research Opportunity Description

Project Description This project will involve using 3D scans of mastectomy patients and 3D printing to create a personalized breast prosthesis that can be worn externally to restore symmetry and aesthetics to breast cancer patients. The project requires learning how to use the scanning software skanect and the program meshmixer and solidworks or autocad and a 3D printer. The challenge will be to optimize the print parameters and design of the part to make the part print in a half a day or less while offering structural support and comfort to the patient.
Project Direction The goal is to offer this as a service to cancer patients seen at the UCONN Health John Dempsey Hospital. The 3D printing pattern and shape of the prosthesis needs to be optimized for maximum comfort and appearance so some engineering design aspects will be further optimized over the school year or thesis research. There are potentially patentable product design features that can be discovered by the student during this project that would help to obtain financial backing to develop this as a product for hospitals and patients throughout the world.
Mentorship and Supervision The student will work closely with Dr Kuhn, a team of engineers at a 3D printing company and cancer surgeons to produce prototypes for a small group of patients. Weekly lab meetings with other BME students and faculty will provide the student an opportunity to present their work and learn more about the scientific method and product design. Feedback will be given through one on one meetings and by working together on revisions of lab reports and the final summer progress report.
Student Qualifications Students who identify as female are strongly encouraged to apply. Experience with 3D printing and some cad software is required. Artistic and creative capabilities will be a strength.
Summer Schedule Options Research Dates: May 26 to July 31, 2020
Schedule: M-F, 9am-5pm
Project Continuation Fall 2020, Spring 2021
Academic Year Time Commitment 9 hours/week
Possible Thesis Project Yes


Submit an online application for this research opportunity at The application deadline is Monday, February 3, 2020.

This application requires a resume or CV, an unofficial transcript, a brief statement of career interests, and contact information for references.