College of Engineering and Polymer Science

Date of Last Revision

2024-06-04 07:34:30


Biomedical Engineering

Honors Course

BMEN 491

Number of Credits


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

Date of Expected Graduation

Spring 2024


Cleft lip and palate are very common birth defects where the roof of a baby's mouth and lip do not form properly while in the womb. Babies born with cleft lip or palate can undergo surgery after going through a process to make the initial gap smaller through incrementally smaller, retainer-like appliances. We will be trying to find a way to improve the pre-surgery process by implementing 3D printing. We will be performing this research for a craniofacial orthodontist at Akron Children's Hospital. We hope that our success will lead to a decrease in the amount of time spent making the appliances and a decrease in the frequency of appointments for patients. We will be implementing a standard design process for medical devices and our knowledge of biomedical engineering to accomplish these goals.

Research Sponsor

Dr. Justin Baker

First Reader

Stephen Paterson

Second Reader

Dr. Ge Zhang

Honors Faculty Advisor

Dr. Hossein Tavana

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