Weichih Wang, Ph.D.
Department of Mechanical Engineering (Micro Technology Lab)
"Micro Sensors and Actuators in Biomedical Applications"
Healthcare spending represents an important segment of the U.S. economy:
federal estimates predict that health care spending will surpass the $2
mark in the next decade. Within the healthcare technology economy,
devices represent one of the fastest growing segments. An important
biomedical product development is the design of biomedical sensors using
microfabrication techniques. In this talk, selected current
research projects in
biomedical sensors at University of Washington Micro Technology
will be presented. The topics will include self-configurable robot,
sensors and actuators (liquid ejector, dome shape microphone and hotwire
anemometer acoustic sensor), fiber optic fluid sensors (viscosity, mass
waveguide based distributive plantar pressure and shear sensor,
grating based tensile sensor, electric and ferromagnetic polymer based
and actuators as well as optical scanning endoscope and micro display
Theoretical and practical information for design and application of
biomedicine as well as their clinical significance will be discussed.