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Bo B

- Research Program Mentor

MS at Massachusetts Institute of Technology


medical devices, biomedical engineering, Neurovascular/endovascular research, materials science, fabrication (MIT "how to make")


Hello! My name is Bo. My passion and expertise is biomedical research (specifically medical devices, and the intersection of engineering and medicine). My experience is highly interdisciplinary. I received a Bachelor's at Carnegie Mellon in Materials Science (double major Biomedical Engineering). I've done research both materials science and biomedical engineering. I worked as an R&D Engineer in the medical device industry for two years to design, develop, and test stent devices to treat patients suffering from hemmorhagic stroke in the brain. I received a Master's in Mechanical Engineering from MIT, with research focused on developing novel methods of endovascular drug delivery to treat peripheral arterial disease. Currently, I'm a full-time technical engineering consultant. During my free time, I enjoy starting mentoring programs (I've started 2 so far!), and hiking. I also love designing websites, recording tutorials, and making electronic sensing devices to solve problems at home.

Project ideas

Project ideas are meant to help inspire student thinking about their own project. Students are in the driver seat of their research and are free to use any or none of the ideas shared by their mentors.

Review of Artificial Clots For Preclinical Testing of Endovascular Medical Devices

If you're interested in medial devices and real-world biomedical engineering, this is a great literature review paper project for you to contribute to the field! Currently, in the medical device industry there is a need for improved Preclinical methods for testing endovascular devices (such as stents, balloons, clot retrievers, aspiration catheters) prior to testing these medical devices on animals. To complete this project, you won't need any prior experience, just a passion for medical devices and an interest in contributing to knowledge in the field! I'll help answer any clinical or device-related questions you might have, as well as help you structure your review paper to be useful to both industry and academic audiences. You'll independently investigate the state-of-art and room for improvement in the area of artificial clots used in preclinical testing, including an overview of different devices that use these artificial clots for testing, and different artificial clot material compositions / properties. This project will help introduce you to biomedical engineering and medical devices, and will give you the opportunity to collect and organize knowledge that will be beneficial to moving research forward in the field of medicine.

Design & Build A Customized Hobby Project

Do you have any problems at home you'd like to solve by building a device or electronic hobby project? Have you heard of MIT Fab Labs or MIT "How To Make Almost Anything" and want to fabricate a hands-on project of your own? If so, I'll help guide you so that you can turn your hobby project vision into reality. We can use Arduino for programming, and incorporate sensors, motors, and a multitude of different fabrication methods. Examples: - Creating a laser-cut cardboard construction kit for a cardboard airplane, car, box, or other shape - Making a locking system for a treasure box or a door, that is activated via swiping an ID card or motion/light/time activated - Create a sensing device that will beep and flash an LED light when someone walks by - Make a mini robot using motors, which you can control with an iPhone app - Make your own mini refrigerator, fan, or a temperature sensor that displays temperature in the room Note: I can also guide you through how to create your own (free) website to display your hobby project portfolio, or how to add instructions to display your project to a making (do-it-yourself) community site such as Instructables.

Customized Gear Design

Did you know that it is possible to design gears that can rotate with each other but that have interesting shapes and designs such as seashells, sharks, dinosaurs, or any shape that you want? In this project, you will investigate and research how gears work, and design your very own customized gear in CAD based on design constraints and your own visual ideas on whatever unique and fun/playful shapes that you want! I'll help you laser-cut two of your designs from acrylic plastic material so that you can test them out, or you can make them by hand by cutting them out of cardboard or other materials at home. You could also optionally record a video of your learnings and your customized work to add to a resume website or project portfolio. Examples: non-circular gears, square shaped gears, nautilus gears (sea shell shaped), or any other fully functional irregular gears such as those that are shaped like fish, triangles, or any organically shaped design that you'd like.

Designing a Medical Device

This project will require you to be passionate about medicine or engineering, and for you to either be in contact with a medical professional (nurse, doctor, etc.) or otherwise to be willing to read through clinical papers. The goal of this project is to 1) identify a need/problem in the medical community, and 2) design a device concept which can solve that need/problem. The device design itself could be as simple as a CAD and hand-drawn sketch, or as detailed as an actual physical prototype that has been 3D printed or otherwise fabricated by physical methods. If you don't have access to CAD software or fabrication equipment, we can do a more intellectual-based design where you thoroughly investigate a medical problem and carefully prioritize a list of design requirements and functional requirements for a device that would successfully solve the medical problem.

Soldering Project

Did you know that soldering can be done at home in your own backyard, and that it's an incredibly useful skill for prototyping electronics projects (e.g. printed circuit boards / PCB's), performing repairs, and even for fabricating medical devices? Soldering is processed used to join different metals together by melting solder metal. For this project, you'll learn safety aspects of soldering, teach yourself at-home how to solder with metal wire, and create a mini project that you prototype on an Arduino breadboard and then solder together yourself!

Coding skills

MatLab, and also basics of python & C++

Teaching experience

I mentored 2 undergrad students (freshman/junior) in my research while I was a senior undergrad student in college. I have also mentored a high school student in industry while I worked at Stryker in R&D Engineering. Lastly, I am currently mentoring a high school student this summer for my research projects at MIT (she comes to the lab twice a week). Lastly, I have created two mentorship programs before. One was in undergrad connecting students with each other for the department. The other program was a 6-month recurring program at Stryker in industry, with events with 100+ people and 66 program participants. I created and led/implemented this program (co-led a committee of over 10 employees, and also recorded training sessions for mentors/mentees).


Work experience

MIT (2020 - Current)
Graduate Research Assistant
Stryker Neurovascular (2017 - 2019)
R&D Engineer
Carnegie Mellon University (2015 - 2017)
Biomedical & Materials Science Research Assistant
Battelle Memorial Institute (2015 - 2015)
Materials Science & Engineering Intern


Carnegie Mellon University
BS Bachelor of Science (2017)
Materials Science & Biomedical Engineering (double major)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
MS Master of Science
Mechanical Engineering

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