College of Engineering and Polymer Science

Date of Last Revision

2020-12-07 08:09:24


Mechanical Engineering

Honors Course


Number of Credits


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

Date of Expected Graduation

Fall 2020


This paper outlines an expert system based solution for calculating the optimal amount of blood draw from infants to carry out critical tests requested by the attending clinicians. The solution is a hand-held device with a user-friendly interface that allows a meaningful two-way conversation between the clinician and the pathology office. Based on the tests being requested, the calculator determines the minimum amount of blood required in the different vials based on a smart expert system. This removes the uncertainty that is prevalent today in the amount of blood required to do all the tests, since in some cases there is not enough blood for all the requested tests by the attending clinicians. The expert-based solution would be a stand-alone hand-held device, but have the ability to interface with the hospital electronic record systems to ensure all compliances and easy transference of the information.

Research Sponsor

Dr. Ajay Mahajan

First Reader

Dr. Gopal Nadkarni

Second Reader

Dr. Sihe Wang

Honors Faculty Advisor

Dr. Ajay Mahajan


Optimization of Blood Sampling for Akron Children's Hospital



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