Dr. R. Lyle Hood is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Mechanical Engineering at UTSA. He received his B.S. in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Houston, and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering at Virginia Tech. He conducted his postdoctoral work at Houston Methodist Research Institute. His research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, Wallace H. Coulter Foundation, Department of Defense, and National Science Foundation, among others. His work has focused on medical device development, resulting in over a dozen peer-reviewed articles on the topic from journals including Nanoscale, Lasers in Surgery and Medicine, and the Journal of Biomedical Nanotechnology. He has also had the privilege of mentoring several talented graduate and undergraduate students. His expertise includes controlled drug delivery systems, medical fiberoptics, and BioMEMS/NEMS technologies.
Anita Omo-Okhuasuyi is a Ph.D. Student in Electrical Engineering. She is passionate about modeling techniques, ranging from mathematical to computational, and its application especially in biomedical applications. Prior to her time in graduate school, she had worked in Nigeria as an RF Integration/Optimization Engineer and as Project Manager on several projects, valued at several million dollars. She is also a certified Project Management Professional. In her previous career capacities, she enjoyed solving the dynamic challenges she found on the job every day; she became a graduate student with a desire to learn cutting edge methods to continue solving the most pressing problems. This is the drive behind her spearheading the Bladder Vision project. The Bladder Vision project is aimed at developing a 3-D reconstruction of the bladder from 2-D bladder imaging using known computational algorithms. It is hoped that this will help with quick and seamless diagnosis and development of treatment plans for bladder cancer, which is the 6th most common cancer in the United States. Here in UTSA, she is also enthusiastic about teaching, as she has served as a TA since 2017 in various classes at the Electrical Engineering Department. In addition to all these, she enjoys serving in the Children’s Ministry at her local church, along with her husband and 2 children.
John-Paul Bonansinga is a graduate physician, who is pursuing a master’s degree in Advanced Manufacturing & Enterprise Engineering. He is a combat veteran who was assigned to 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment from 2004 to 2008. Dr. Bonansinga deployed extensively as a Foreign Service Officer in support of Department of Defense missions between 2009 and 2017. As the founder of Forge Applied Science & Technology (“F.A.S.T”), he led the rapid development of the company’s flagship point-of-care UV-C sterilization reactor during the first 16 months of the pandemic. He graduated from The University of Texas at Dallas with a BS in Neuroscience in 2016, with undergraduate research in neurodegenerative disorders. Dr. Bonansinga will continue his medical education in 2023 with specialty training in Emergency Medicine. His Master’s thesis will focus on the utility of ultraviolet sterilization in the hospital setting while collaborating with teams developing new airway technology.
Saketh Ram Peri is from Hyderabad, India and is currently pursuing Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering in a joint program between UTSA and UTHSCSA. He graduated with a Masters of Science in mechanical engineering from University of Texas, Arlington. He has four years of professional experience in research and development of medical devices with Beckman Coulter and Amgen at Los Angeles, California. At Beckman Coulter, Saketh worked on R&D of hematology machines in designing chassis, fluid panels and tube routing. At Amgen, he developed disassembly methods for container closure integrity of auto injectors and performed risk and failure mode analysis on different auto injectors. He is currently leading the portable suction device project in design changes and grant submissions. Apart from engineering, Saketh is a professional photographer and enjoys doing photography in his leisure time.
Hector Mellen is an undergraduate student at UTSA pursuing a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering with a Biomedical Engineering specialization. His skills are in R-studio, MATLAB, Microsoft Office, and he is bilingual in both English and Spanish. At UTSA, he is a member of the Delta Alpha Pi Honor Society, which recognizes students with disabilities who excel academically, and he is also a member of the MDI lab. Prior to transferring to UTSA, he was a student at the University of the Incarnate Word majoring in Engineering Management, and at Incarnate Word was a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta Society which is designed for students who excel in academics their first year in college. After graduating from UTSA, his future aspirations pursue a doctorate degree in Mechanical Engineering and teach as a professor in Mechanical Engineering and work on research that enhances the biocompatibility of implants that go into human bone. He is a member of the Multistage Polymer team
Sophia Salazar is an undergraduate student at The University of Texas at San Antonio, pursuing a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. She is from Houston, TX, and transferred to UTSA in the Fall of 2019 with her Associates of Science degree from Lone Star College. She is a member of the UTSA chapters of The American Society of Mechanical Engineers and Society of Women Engineers. She started working as a part of the Medical Design Innovations Laboratory in September 2020, on the Supraglottic Airway Device project. In the future, Sophia plans to work with robotics and the innovation of medical devices
Alejandro Medina is an undergraduate student at UTSA pursuing a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering. His skills revolve around CAD modeling, design ideation, multiple Microsoft software, and he is bilingual in both English & Spanish. At UTSA he is part of the Architecture Construction & Engineering Student Council in which he is the VP of RSO Relations and oversees all communications between all Engineering student organizations and the College of Engineering.
In October 2009, Forhad received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Tech (BUET), Bangladesh. He worked for Unilever as a Process Engineer until joining UTSA as a Ph.D. student in August 2016. His current research interests include photothermal therapies, minimally-invasive drug delivery implants, and emergency intervention devices. He worked as a project lead on the Emergency Suction Device Team and contributes on the Multistage Polymer Team. Currently, he is leading the Fiberoptic Microneedle Device (FMD) team.
Corinne Nawn is a Biomedical Engineering graduate research fellow at the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research in Fort Sam Houston, TX, supported through the Oak Ridge Institute of Science and Education. She received her B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and is currently a Ph.D. Candidate in the joint Biomedical Engineering Ph.D. program at the University of Texas at San Antonio and the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Her previous experience has focused in biosensors and bioinstrumentation, with particular experience in large animal models and military medical research. Presently, Cori’s present work for both the Army and her dissertation focuses on developing a practical prehospital airway management solution for minimally skilled providers and she is the project lead for Intubation Team.
Priya Jain is working on her Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering in a joint program between UTSA and UTHSCSA. She is currently leading the Multistage Polymer Device team in fabricating a biodegradable, polymer implant for localized drug delivery. She also contributed on the Suction Device project and the Digital Extenders project. She received her Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin and then worked at Houston Methodist Research Institute for 2.5 years as a Research Assistant. While she was there, she helped collect and analyze data for an R01 on HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis that ended up receiving close to $4 million in funding. Her research interests include developing new and innovative platforms and devices for drug delivery in nanomedicine, biomaterials, and cell culture. Currently, Priya is project lead for the Multistage Polymer Device team and contributes on the Suction Device Team. In her free time, Priya is learning how to play the guitar and enjoys painting and baking.
Sorush Ranjbar is an Electrical Engineering master’s student at UTSA who leverages his Biotechnology background to approach engineering from a different perspective. Sorush obtained his B.Sc. in Biochemistry at UTSA and went on to work in Silicon Valley as a junior scientist at a startup company called Koniku. There, Sorush was surrounded by engineers and scientists and absorbed valuable information about startup companies, biotech research, designing and delivering devices. He quickly became fascinated by the broad field of electrical engineering and the possibilities for applications in Biotechnology. Sorush has a solid background in bioengineering, technology development, and he loves working with teams to realize tangible results. He is excited to further develop his engineering skill set as a team lead in the Bladder Vision project. Sorush also runs and produces music for a local musical act called “Granite Hands” that has made rounds in music blogs, spotify playlists, and live concerts. Sorush is a huge fan of working on motorcycles, doing math, building guitar stomp boxes and creating things that have not existed in the present past.
David Berard is a Mechanical Engineering graduate student at the University of Texas at San Antonio. After graduating high school in 2006 he entered the workforce and has gained experience working in both service and manufacturing industries. His roles have included team leadership, supervising, training, sales, as well as direct customer complaint resolution. Since reentering academia full time in the spring of 2015 he has completed two associate’s degrees, graduated Summa Cum Laude with his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering in the spring of 2018, and is currently in pursuit of a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering degree. He has made contributions to various projects in the lab including the Suction Device project and is currently leading the Novel Endotracheal Tube System project. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with family, writing music, and reading.
Isaac Trevino is a Electrical Engineering graduate student at the University of Texas San Antonio. He received is undergraduate degree at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley in 2015 and transferred to UTSA in 2016 to begin his Masters. Isaac is currently the project lead for a new Sensor Design for Endotracheal tubes, He currently works along side David Berard, B.S. and Darnell Campbell, B.S.
Santiago was born and raised in Medellín, Colombia. He received his B.S in Mechanical Engineering from Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana (UPB) back in the Fall of 2015. During his time as an undergrad, Santiago was interested in the development of medical devices as well as developing leadership skills, so he used medical devices to inspire class projects and became the student representative for the 2014-2015 period. During his last semester of undergrad, Santiago joined the Computational Bioengineering and Controls (CBC) lab at UTSA as an intern and worked under Dr. Yusheng Feng in the development of a computational model for pancreatic parenchyma, as well as the development of a computational model of gold nano-bipyramids aided by Dr. Kathryn Mayer. In the Fall of 2016, Santiago joined the Ph.D program in Mechanical Engineering and started working on the development of a computational model of plasmonic photothermal therapy, using gold nanoparticles and laser light to aid in the treatment of pancreatic cancer. Santiago earned his M.S in the Fall of 2019 and joined Dr. Hood’s lab to work in the experimental validation and characterization of thermal and optical properties of pancreatic tissue. Outside of school, Santiago enjoys drawing, swimming, reading, and cooking.
Grant Copeland is Graduate Research Assistant in the Medical Device Innovations (MDI Lab) Lab run by Dr. Robert Hood in the Mechanical Engineering Department at UT San Antonio. Grant comes from DFW, Texas where he attended UT Arlington from 2013- 2017, competed in Cross Country and Track and Field all four years, and received his bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering. In Spring 2018, Grant started back at UT Arlington in Mechanical Engineering began working in the service industry. After taking undergraduate Mechanical Engineering courses Spring and Summer 2018, he started graduate school in Mechanical Engineering at UT Arlington in Fall 2018. At the same time, he began an internship at the UT Arlington Research Institute (UTARI) where he worked extensively with silicone and elastomers, mold design, and test engineering. Looking to find better opportunities for his desired career, Medical Device Industry, he applied to UT San Antonio. In Spring 2019, he was admitted and made contact with Dr. Hood. In August 2019, Grant became a Graduate Research Assistant for Dr. Hood. The MDI Lab, Grant is project lead on the IV Patency and DHA 6.7: Supraglottic Airway Device projects. He plans to finish his graduate degree in Mechanical Engineering at UTSA in Summer 2020.
Danielius “Danny” Zilevicius is a graduate student within the Advanced Manufacturing and Enterprise Engineering (AMEE) program at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). Originally, Danny is from Maryland and attended the University of Maryland – College Park (UMD) where he obtained his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering in 2018. After graduation, he began working with Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) as a System Safety Engineer. Danny is currently a Graduate Research Assistant in the Medical Design Innovations Lab where he is the co-lead for the Supraglottic Airway Device project.
Carlos Bedolla was born and raised in Durango, Mexico and moved to San Antonio in 2012. Carlos graduated Cum Laude from UTSA with his Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering, with a concentration in Biomechanics and Biomaterials, in the spring of 2019. During his undergraduate studies Carlos worked with Dr. Gabriela Romero-Uribe in the Macromolecular Bio-Interfaces Lab. Carlos began his graduate studies in Mechanical Engineering the Fall of 2019 at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Currently, he is co-leading the Supraglottic Airway Device (SGA) project. Outside of engineering, he enjoys reading and drawing.
Joshua Gale is an undergraduate Biomedical Engineering student at UTSA currently entering his senior year. He is passionate about 3D-printing, biomaterials, drug delivery, and regenerative medicine. For roughly 8 years Joshua managed a top chain jewelry store in Chicago, and Texas and he was awarded several awards for his management and selling skills. Meshing his leadership skills together with his passion for Biomedical Engineering Joshua now leads the Chronic Wound Bandage Project in which he is developing an integrated bandage for patient at-home use that not only focuses on tissue regeneration and maturation, but also promotes healing for diabetic foot lesions. Joshua also plays an integral role in the Multistage Polymer Project. This project focuses on developing a minimally invasive 3-D printed implantable device for long-term drug delivery. After graduating, it is his hope to pursue a PhD while researching artificial kidney design and implantation. In his free time, Joshua enjoys playing basketball and moding his Mustang.
Oumar Bah is pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Engineering. It is his goal to use the knowledge and experience he gains through his academic and professional careers to establish his own factory in West Africa. Oumar worked in the MDI lab as an intern through the CIMA-LSAMP program. He contributes to the Suction Device Team through helping to program the Arduino Controller for controlling the pump and light, as well as aiding with the CAD designs in SolidWorks.
Carlyn Abbott is an undergraduate student at UTSA pursuing a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering in addition to a Pre-Medicine track. She recently transferred from San Antonio College (under the Alamo Colleges) and while there she was President of the Mathematics Society and member of Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society. While pursuing her degree, she worked as a childcare provider, and Physician’s Scribe at Northeast Baptist Hospital. She also is spending the summer of 2017 shadowing under ENT Surgeon Dr. Patrick Brown. She is a member of the Intubation and ConDis teams.
Stephanie Andrieu is originally from Maracaibo, Venezuela and is currently in her senior year of Biomedical Engineering at UTSA. She is part of the Intubation team and is working on novel methods of mechanical securement of the airway. In the future, Stephanie hopes to expand her interest in medical device design and develop her design engineering skills.
Marcus Haraway is an undergraduate student at The University of Texas at San Antonio, pursuing a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. He is also the Secretary of both the Texas Society of Professional Engineers and the Texas Boomers Energy Organization. While pursuing his degree Marcus has worked many different part time jobs form Athletic Training for i9 Sports Inc. to Sales, Marketing, and Management for Vector Marketing Corporation. In the MDI lab, he is a member of the ConDis Team.
Adrian Joseph Alapag is an undergraduate student at University of Texas San Antonio pursuing a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. He recently transferred from Alamo College. While there he earned his Associate Degree in Engineering with honors and was member of the Math club. Prior to pursuing his degree, he worked as Dental Assistant at Randolph Family Dental and private Math tutor scaling from Elementary Math all the way up to Calculus. He is part of the ConDis and Suction Device Teams.
Victor Palos is an undergraduate student at The University of Texas at San Antonio, pursuing a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. As a member of the MDI lab, he is interested in gaining the lab experience necessary for success in graduate school and in the field. Though principally interested in the field of aerodynamics, he has a growing interest in the biomedical engineering field and sees the importance in the research itself and the experience to be gained through teamwork and presentation. His goal is to earn a doctorate in Mechanical Engineering and advance the field through research as a professor. Victor is a member of the ConDis team.
Ignacio Aguilera is a senior undergraduate student at the University of Texas at San Antonio pursuing a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering with a focus in biomaterials and nanotechnology. He is currently working in the MDI Lab as a project lead for developing a microfluidic device designed for automating cell culture. Besides working under Dr. Hood, he is a tutor for the Tomás Rivera Center at UTSA where he helps students with mathematics and chemistry courses. After graduating, he would like to work for a medical device company while continuing his education, and eventually go back to México to open his own business.
Farris Adra is an undergraduate student at University of Texas at San Antonio pursuing a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering. He is currently a first year freshman in search of research opportunities and experience in the Biomedical field. His hobbies are working out, traveling, and engaging in political discussions.
Austin Schoppe is a biomedical engineering student at UTSA. His research in the MDI Lab involves developing a biodegradable polymer implant that releases drug to the surrounding tissue at a desired rate. He is also contributing on developing a suction device for use by military medics in combat situations. In the future, Austin intends to make a career in the Biomedical Engineering field, possibly in the divisions of either prosthetics or medical imaging. Prosthetic technology is what initially led him to pursue a BME degree, and so he would like to work with artificial limbs as part of his vocation. However, he has found that the processes by which CT scanners, ultrasounds, and other medical imaging systems function to be very interesting.
Brandon Durham is a post-baccalaureate student at The University of Texas at San Antonio, pursuing a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. He graduated from Georgetown University where he received a B.A. in Theology with a minor in Mathematics. While pursuing his degree, he was a participant for the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation for children battling pediatric brain tumors and other childhood cancers. In the MDI lab, he is a member of the ConDis project and contributes to the Emergency Airway Suction Device team.
Nestor Falcon moved to San Antonio from Austin to gain experience and a computer engineering degree from UTSA. Gained leadership experience as the Workbench Coordinator and Trip leader for UTSA Campus Recreation leading other students learning white water kayaking and served several hundred students through collaboration with UTSA PD for Bike Maintenance events on campus. Learned PCB design through experience contracting for a startup company dialaninsect, and with the endotracheal detection device at MDI Lab. Patent pending, first author, and podium presenter for SPIE Paper 10852-6 “Innovative Computer Vision Approach to 3D Bladder Model Reconstruction from Flexible Cystoscopy”. Additionally, helped develop and found a startup company EnVault that provides companies a replace for mobile gas generators with a seamless green power option using current battery technology. Has ambitious goals in life to pursue a doctoral degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics, work in the space industry, and become an astronaut.
Omar Navarro is an undergraduate student at the University of Texas at San Antonio pursuing a B.S in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Mathematics. A UTSA student native to San Antonio, Omar is the Vice President of the College of Engineering Student Council, and Academic Head of the Hispanic Student Association while being an active member of the UTSA chapters for the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Engineering Ambassadors, Texas Society of Professional Engineers, Honors Student Leadership Council, and VOICES volunteering. He seeks to work on projects over his undergraduate career that will prepare him for a graduate degree in Mechanical Engineering and a future industry career. He is a member of the Suction Device Team.
My name is Gabriela Pineda and I am a Mechanical Engineer junior at UTSA. I was born in Peru and moved here going into third grade. Ever since, I have resided in San Antonio, Texas. After my freshman year in college, I was an intern in Mission Pharmacal where they concentrate in producing over-the-counter and dietary supplement products. Consequently, I worked at the Built Environment Science & Technology (BEST) Laboratory at UTSA during my sophomore year where I worked on modeling and simulating energy supply and demand systems of large-scale buildings. I joined the Medical Design Innovations (MDI) Laboratory in the Spring of 2019 and took part of the Limb Preservation and IV Patency Monitoring Device projects [need links]. I have been fortunate enough to have received three engineering scholar awards during the Spring of 2019. After a long time of seeking a specialization that I love in my major, I have decided to specialize in Design and Control of Mechanical Systems. I will be graduating in Spring 2020 and will continue on with my master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering Design.
Sarah Robinson is an undergraduate student at University of Texas San Antonio pursuing a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. She recently transferred from University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. While there she was a TA in the Prototype Lab, providing assistance to professors, senior design and shop students. Prior to pursuing her degree, she worked as a business developer and Sales Manager for a large-scale community solar start-up based in Denver, CO and as an NDS/GPS systems analyst in the United States Air Force. She is a member of the Intubation and Suction Device teams.
Gregg Bascos is an undergraduate student at the University of Texas of San Antonio pursuing a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering. He began his experience in research in 2018 at Medical Device Innovations Labs and has since then assisted in a variety of projects including the treatment of cancer using fiber optics and biodegradable implants. His current research is in novel endotracheal tubes for use in the field.
Bruno Amaro is an undergraduate student at Universityof Texas at San Antonio pursuing a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. Bruno is the team leader of his Senior Design One Class. He is currently contributing to ConDis project under the supervision of Dr. Lyle Hood. In the future, Bruno hopes to broaden his experience and knowledge on mechanical engineering processes. He hopes to eventually start a company in his home country Angola in the manufacturing field.
Marisa Guerra is from San Antonio, TX and is currently an undergraduate student at UTSA seeking a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Philosophy. She became a member of the Medical Design Innovations Laboratory in Fall 2019 working on the IV Patency Monitoring Device project which was focused on monitoring the status of the intravenous line in use. She is currently working on the DHA 6.7: Supraglottic Airway Device project geared to optimize the design of alternative airway management to provide patent airflow to the patient versus endotracheal tube intubation. In the future, Marisa hopes to pursue her passion for optimization of medical devices and continue on with a masters degree in Mechanical Engineering.
Misael Moreno was born and raised in Escondido, CA. He enlisted in the military, active duty as a Combat Medic / Health Care Specialist for five years and continues his service in the Army Reserves. Now a Mechanical Engineering Undergraduate, contributing to the Medical Design Innovation Laboratory by applying his experiences as Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) Instructor and Medic to his projects. As a Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society member, Misael will graduate in Spring 2021 with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering.
My name is Exal Enrique Cisneros Tuch, currently a sophomore majoring in Biomedical Engineering. I came to UTSA right after finishing high school, pursuing a bachelor degree in Biomedical Engineering. Starting the summer of 2017, I have been working in the Math department’s “Math lab” tutoring center up to this day, helping students with topics ranging from College Algebra to Calculus 3. I joined the Bladder vision team at the beginning of the Spring 2018 semester, focusing on the computer recognition aspect of the project. I would like to eventually use my biology and computer skills to work on the development of computational models for physiological processes. If done right, a good computer model would reduce the need for expensive experimentation to try and predict the behavior of therapies and could even lead to a better understanding of how our body works. Some of my hobbies are cooking, coding, and running. I enjoy learning skills and hope to learn more as my college career progresses.
Bao Vu is a Mechanical Engineering student at UTSA, whom transferred from the University of Houston in the Spring of 2017. He is currently volunteering in the Medical Design Innovations Laboratory, where he is working on the IV Patency Monitoring Device project [link this]. The objective of this project is to design a device that will monitor the status of intravenous line (IV) in use. His previous project was focused on modifying and improving the existing cystoscope technology that is used for visualizing intra-bladder cancers. In the future, Bao hopes to pursue his passion for cancer treatment, by improving current medical devices or creating new ones.
My name is Brandon Kasinger and I am a full-time mechanical engineering student here at UTSA. I gladly invest all of my time to UTSA through research projects and of course my wonderful ME courses. I aspire to become a great mechanical engineer either working in aeronautics or diving into some really interesting research after graduation.
Brenton Clark is an undergraduate student at University of Texas San Antonio pursuing a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. Currently, he is a member of the MDI lab on the Suction Device Team. While pursuing his degree, he has worked in the food industry as a server and a bar back.