Thursday, May 18, 2017

URSP Student Nicholas Sanders Creates and Checks the Viability of Devices Using Computer Designs Programs

My original interest in beginning this project stemmed from a desire to attain a more in depth knowledge on the workings of the brain on the cellular level.  With a greater understanding of how the human brain functions, from a biochemistry perspective, I believe I will be better able to achieve
my future goal of working in the field of psychiatry.

The work that I am currently undergoing involves creating a device using several computer design programs, checking the design for validity between programs, actually creating the design physically, and then checking for viability of the design.  If there are any errors or unintended outcome during any stage I then circle back to the last successful stage and begin again.

Over the course of this semester I have discovered that the more intricate a design is the more difficult it can be to produce.  This semester’s goal of creating more nuanced and a larger quantities of devices has been hindered by the exponentially more difficult task of bringing the designs to a viable end state as the margin for error on each system is within the scale of microns. This project may have applications in a variety of instances, including cancer, Alzheimer’s, and spinal cord/nerve cell regeneration.  With continued perseverance, and a bit of luck, the results of this work may be published and put to further use of other scientist in their respective field in the very near future.