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Gastric pressure mapping sensor




2: Mechanical Engineering

Faculty Supervisor:

Giovanni Traverso

Faculty email:


Apply by:

Jan. 31


Please send you resume/CV to Neil Jia, zixunjia@mit.edu and Dr. Traverso, cgt20@mit.edu

Project Description

This project aims to study mechanical pressure temporal-spatial distribution and its correlation with appetite/satiation neuronal activity in swine model. The working principle of mapping temporal-spatial pressure distribution is to convert local elastic deformation into electrical resistance change. One functional requirement of the sensor is the deformation must be localized to certain sensel to eliminate cross-sensel interference. The sub-project we are searching for a student is to design the mechanical structure of the pressure-mapping sensor eliminating mechanical cross-sensel interference. The participate is also encouraged/preferred for fabrication and swine model experiment in the follow. We are looking for a brilliant student who is interested in mechanical structure design and medical application. Work will be conducted in the Traverso Lab in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Student is expected to work closely with a graduate research assistant in the laboratory.


Knowledge of basic solid mechanics Experience with elastic component design (Preferred, but not necessary) Interests in hands-on work in the lab including prototyping using various manufacturing techniques (laser cutting, casting, laminating …) and performing interdisciplinary experiments Knowledge of how to apply design analysis and optimization techniques such as Experimental Testing and Design of Experiments Highly motivated, responsible, creative, critical thinking, and organized