College of Engineering and Polymer Science

Date of Last Revision

2023-05-05 06:40:26


Mechanical Engineering

Honors Course

4600 461-012

Number of Credits


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

Date of Expected Graduation

Spring 2022


Currently available training methods for cochlear implant surgeries such as cadavers and imaging systems are expensive and available for a limited number of training sessions. With the goal of decreasing risk factors associated with cochlear implant surgery, our team developed a cochlear implant training model prototype that is designed to provide a trial-and-error, tactile training method for developing force perception levels required to avoid causing damage to the cochlea. This model is designed to utilize a disposable material that ruptures when exposed to critical force levels. A material testing device was developed and utilized to test an assortment of easily accessible, thin materials that could be used by the training model. Further testing is still required before selecting the final material for the training model. An overview of potential material selection methods is given to improve future material testing results.

Research Sponsor

Ajay Mahajan

First Reader

Gopal Nadkarni

Second Reader

Christopher Daniels

Honors Faculty Advisor

Scott Sawyer

Honors Project Proposal.docx (25 kB)
Honors Project Proposal

WHC-HRP+Final+Signature+Page.pdf (66 kB)
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