College of Engineering (COE)

Date of Last Revision

2021-09-10 13:39:13


Biomedical Engineering - Biomechanics - Cooperative Education

Honors Course


Number of Credits


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

Date of Expected Graduation

Spring 2020


This honors project details the design and development of an internal orthopedic implant that surgically corrects the midfoot fracture and subsequent arch collapse in patients with Charcot arthropathy. The client of the project is Dr. David Kay, an orthopedic surgeon with the Crystal Clinic in Akron, Ohio. He presented a problem surrounding surgical implants meant to repair Charcot arthropathy. Implants that repair the midfoot fracture failed at a rate of about 60%. A team of senior biomedical engineering students attending the University of Akron developed a goal to design a new surgical implant that would reduce the failure rate of reconstruction of the midfoot in patients with Charcot Fracture. To meet this goal, the team implemented a methodical design approach consisting of 5 stages. Each stage had specific objectives or outputs that were evaluated for successful completion in relation to the scope of the project. The result of this project is an implant design and alpha prototype that meets customer requirements, engineering requirements, and solves the clinical problem initially presented by Dr. Kay. In addition, a Design History File was developed that documents the entire design process.

Research Sponsor

Dr. Adel Alhalawani

First Reader

Dr. Amber Irwin

Second Reader

Dr. James Keszenheimer

Honors Faculty Advisor

Dr. Rebecca Willits



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