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Director

Sang-Eun "Sam" Song, PhD, DIC

Associate Professor

Email: s.song@ucf.edu
Phone: 407-823-4847
Office: ENG I, Room 212

Research focuses on robotic orthopedic surgery, image-guided intervention, biomedical devices, wearable and soft robotic systems in healthcare, and their clinical implementation as translational medicine. Educational philosophy is to provide students with understanding of engineering principles and state-of-the-art technologies by participating hands-on problem-solving processes in development and implementation of engineering, technology and science.

2016-Current         

  • Joint affiliation in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at University of Central Florida

2015-Current         

  • Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) at University of Central Florida

2014-2015               

  • Research Associate in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University, Research Fellow at Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston

2010-2014               

  • Instructor in Radiology, Surgical Navigation & Robotics (SNR) Laboratory, NIH National Center for Image-guided Therapy (NCIGT), Department of Radiology, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston

2008-2010               

  • Associate Research Scientist at NSF Engineering Research Center (ERC) and Laboratory for Computational Sensing and Robotics (LCSR), Whiting School of Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore

2006-2008             

  • Research Scientist at the Institute for Computer Assisted Orthopedic Surgery (ICAOS) at Western Pennsylvania Hospital, Pittsburgh

2005-2006         

  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Neuromotor Control Lab., Department of Mechanical Engineering at University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

2001-2005         

  • Ph.D. in Medical Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Imperial College London, London, U.K.

1999-2000         

  • M.Sc. in Mechanical Systems Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Liverpool, Liverpool, U.K.

1995-1997         

  • First Lieutenant, Republic of Korea Army, South Korea

1991-1995         

  • B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Reserved Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC), University of Ulsan, Ulsan, South Korea 

Graduate Students

Pradipta Biswas

2016 August - Current

Ph.D. Mechanical Eng., University of Central Florida, US, started 2016

M.Sc. Mechanical Eng., Pusan National University, South Korea, 2012

B.Sc. Mechanical Eng., Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Bangladesh, 2009

Robotic Osteochondral Autograft Transplatation

  • An orthopedic surgery robot that can precisely remove a damaged area from joints and transplant healthy tissue from non-weight-bearing area.

Medical Robotics, Control, CAD

10.09-2.10:  Researcher, Center for Energy Studies, BUET

3.10-2.12:  Graduate Research Assistant, Mechatro-intelligence Lab, Mechanical Engineering, Pusan National University, S.Korea

4.12-3.13:  Researcher, Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute

5.13-6.14:  Research Engineer, Somyun, South Korea

12.14-7.16:  Researcher, Research Institute of Mechanical Technology, Pusan National University

Journals

1.  “Monitoring of bearing wear in a marine engine by change of piston position-Effect of wear and inertia.”, International Journal of Precision Engineering and Manufacturing, Vol. 14, 2013.

2.  “The Effect on Deflection of Steel Diaphragm of Pressure Sensor Due to Change in Boundary Condition in the Welded Region”, Journal Of Mechanical Science and Technology, Vol. 31, 2017.

Conferences

1.  “Harnessing raindrop energy in Bangladesh”, Proceedings of the International Conference on Mechanical Engineering  2009 (ICME 2009) 26- 28 December 2009, Dhaka, Bangladesh.

2.  “Evaluation of Cutting Characteristics Water Jet with Mixing Chamber Geometry”, Korea Society of Precision Engineering Autumn Conference 2010, 2010.11, pp 593-594.

3.  “Simulation of the effect of wear in the journal bearings of a marine engine”,  The 10thInternational Symposium of Measurement Technology and Intelligent Instruments (ISMTII), 30 June-2 July, 2011.

4.  “Detection of wear in journal bearings using eddy current sensor in  a marine engine”, KSMTE 2011, Korea.

5.  “A study on micro grooving using PZT actuator”, Informatics in Control, Automation and Robotics 2011, Vol. 1, Springer, pp 369-379.

Abstract

1.  “Fabrication of the prototype of the GMT fast steering mirror.”, American Astronomical Society, AAS Meeting #221, #439.09

Collect coins and banknotes, postcrossing, photography.

Pankaj Kulkarni

2016 June - Current

Ph.D. Mechanical Eng., University of Central Florida, US, started 2015

M.Sc. Biomedical Engineering, University of Central Florida, US, started 2015

B.S. Mechanical Eng., Rajasthan Technical University, India, 2010

MRI-guided Targeted Biopsy System for Prostate Cancer Diagnosis

  • Development of an MRI guided targeted biopsy system for prostate cancer diagnosis. Through this system we aim to achieve two objectives: 1. Design a system without the need for image-to-robot registration, hence significantly reducing the overall time of the procedure 2. Enable one-stop definitive prostate cancer diagnosis using MRI.

Image Guided Intervention

Prior to entering the exciting field of biomedical engineering, I worked in the area of engineering analysis of mechanical structures using FEA. Being associated with ANSYS, I was also a certified trainer for ANSYS structural products (APDL, Workbench) for corporates and academia in India.

I am always up for any outdoor sports. I am specifically interested Table Tennis. I was runner up in Table Tennis intramurals (Singles) and winner in doubles at UCF in Summer 2017.

Sakura Sikander

2017 August - Current

Ph.D. Mechanical and Aerospace Eng., University of Central Florida, US, started 2017

M.Sc. Electronics and Electrical Eng., Pusan National University, South Korea, 2012

B.Sc. Electronics and Communication Engineering, Khulna University, Bangladesh, 2009

Medical Expertise Pooling

  • Design and development of a system that will enable efficient diagnosis and treatment all over the nation through network.

Wireless communication, biomedical devices, intervention technologyrobotics

12.12-12.14:  Research Engineer, International Thermo-Nuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) project, Dawonsys Co. (R&D division), South Korea

  1. “A Concept of Medical Expertise Pooling by Tele Sensing and Manipulation : Emergency Medicine Case.”, IEEE-NIH 2017 Special Topics Conference on Healthcare Innovations and Point-of-Care Technologies (Accepted).
  2. “Cooperative cognitive systems with orthogonal frequency division multiplexing and frequency hopping”, 16th IEEE Annual Int. Conference on Electro Information Technology, May 14-17, 2017.
  3. “Minimization of a CW CO2 laser output ripple by using high frequency resonance phenomena”, Transactions of the Korean Institute of Electrical Engineers, Vol. 62, pp 798-802, 2013.
  4. “Comparison between photo interrupter and giant magnetoresistive sensor for autofocusing system in the digital camera”, Frontiers of Intelligent Auton. Syst., SCI 466, pp 253-261, 2013.

Traveling, watching movies, collecting souvenirs from different countries and cultures.

Undergraduate Students

Karina Thomas

2019 January - Current

B.S. Mechanical Eng., University of Central Florida, US, started 2015

Robotic Arm and Support

  • Designing a holding structure and work station for a robotic arm to perform and assist with surgeries.

Robotics, Prosthetics, CAD, Surgical applications

8.17-8.18: Built an exoskeleton for the medically disabled and participated in the 2017 UCF IDEAS showcase and the 2018 Showcase of Undergraduate Research (SURE).

6.17-Present: College Work Experience Program student in Manufacturing Engineering for Lockheed Martin.

“Exoskeleton Leg Structure for the Partially Disabled: For a Better Standard of Living”, 2017 UCF IDEAS Showcase, 2018 SURE.

I love traveling, fishing, watching movies, playing in Intramural sports, and anything outdoors.

Enmanuel Guzman

B.S. in Biomedical Sciences

Mosaicplasty procedure assisting Pradipta Biswas, and Tumor Haptic device development assisting Sakura Sikander.

Around 1 semester of research with both Sakura and Pradipta.

Volunteer at the Florida Hospital East in the Emergency Department

John Sirera

2019 June - Current

B.Sc. Mechanical Eng., College of Engineering and Computer Science, University of Central Florida

B.Sc. Health Science Pre-Clinical, College of Health Professions and Science, University of Central Florida

Enhancing Spatial Recognition and Cooperative Response Using Wearable Tactile Display assisting Pradipta Biswas.

Prosthetic Limbs, Medical Robotics

Climbing, Rucking, Dungeons & Dragons

Israel Camacho

2019 May - Current

B.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of Central Florida, US, started in 2016

UR3e robotic arm

  • Design and assembly of a modular cart that will allow for more varied use of the UR3e platform.

3D modeling and Simulation

Alex Zaffos

2019 May - Current

B.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of Central Florida, Graduating May 2020

Laparoscopy Support

  • A device that can efficiently hold laparoscopic tools in place while the surgeon is not using them.

CAD, Robotics, Environmental Sustainability

Matthew Hook

2019 May - Current

B.S. Mechanical Eng, University of Central Florida, US, started 2016

Laparoscopy Support

  • Design a system to support laparoscopic tools in place while the surgeon is not using them. 
 

3-D modeling and testing, robotics

Axel Aristud Ortega

2019 May - Current

B.S. Computer Engineering, University of Central Florida, in progress

Robot Arm

  • Aiding in implementation of software intended to operate a robotic arm for surgical purposes.

The applications of mechatronics and computing in medical procedures, as well as how robotics may be used to make medical procedures safer and more efficient.

Involved with developing a PDR for a space probe in NASA’s L’space Academy, as well as designing circuits and software for a moon rover in the Lunar Knights Club.

Kaylee Misiti

2020 January - Current

B.S in Biology – Ecology track, Minor in Biomedical Sciences

MRI-Guided Targeted Prostate Biopsy

Biomedical devices, Environmental sustainability

I love traveling, fishing, watching movies, playing in Intramural sports, and anything outdoors.

Visiting Students

Efrain Segura

M.Sc. Medical Sciences, University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine, Tampa, FL, 2018

B.S. Civil Engineering, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL, 2016

A.A. Miami Dade College, Miami, FL, 2013

 

TBD

Orthopedic Surgery, Metabolic Regulation and Disorders, Endocrinology

05.19 – current: Emergency Department Scribe, Scribe America Advent Health Celebration, Celebration, FL

09.16-06.17: Staff Civil Engineer, Poulos and Bennett land development firm, Orlando, FL

Volunteering with the Homeless Community in Kissimmee, FL, volunteering with USF Health Panama, traveling, cooking

Alumni

Christopher Clifford

2018 August - 2019 May

Robotic Guided Osteochondral Auto-grafting

  • Assist Pradipta Biswas in reviewing current literature and assisted in technical design of robot.  Anticipate biomedical implications of our project.

Enhancing Spatial Recognition and Cooperative Response Using Wearable Tactile Display

  • Integration of a tactile display on military personnel to provide information through touch sensation.  Research supported by the Burnett Research Scholars Grant

I enjoy researching biomedical applications of engineering; particularly, I am interested in autoimmune diabetes, closed loop systems, and tissue engineering.

Hossein Dehghani

2017 July - 2018 June

Currently a Senior Software Engineer with Activ Surgical

Ph.D. Biomedical Eng., University of Nebraska-Lincoln, US, 2017

M.Sc. Mechanical Eng., Sharif University of Technology, Iran, 2012

B.Sc. Mechanical Eng., Amirkabir University of Technology, Iran, 2009

Double-Disc

  • A robotic needle guide for MRI-guided prostate biopsy. The robot’s novel mechanism provides 4-DOF needle guide with a compact design comparable to manual templates. 

Air Slicer

  • A device that enables users to view the interior and cross-sections of a 3D object in an immersive, interactive manner. In particular, a medical student or clinician may use this device to have physical intuition into the three-dimensional human anatomy using two-dimensional image slices from various image modalities.

I am interested in prototyping of surgical devices including design, prototyping and evaluation. This area requires a blend of experience in mechanical, biomedical and computer engineering.

Shihao 'Jerry' Zhang

2016 May - 2018 June

Currently with Jinko Solar

Mechanism Design of a Compact 4-DOF Robotic Needle Guide

  • Develop the curve profile and concept of the mechanism

3-D modeling and prototyping

Jonathan McConnell

2017 January - 2018 May

Single Actuation Multiple Manipulation (SAMM)

  • Mechanism design and project organization

Soft Robotics

  • Assembling and troubleshooting a pneumatic control board

Kinematics, mechanism design, and creative problem solving

Brian Hohl

2017 Nov - 2018 May

Interocular Pressure Measurement Device for Glaucoma Detection

  • Assist in grant proposal to develop and test a prototype transpalpebral tonome

Mechanical engineering, biomechanics, biomechatronics, bioinstrumentation, bionics and rehabilitation engineering, and their applications to the design of medical devices

Leslie Simms

2018 Sept - 2018 May

Currently with pursuing Ph.D. at UC Davis

Double-Disc

  • Assisted in a robotic needle guide for MRI-guided prostate biopsy. The robot’s novel mechanism provides 4-DOF needle guide with a compact design comparable to manual templates. 

Air Slicer

  • Assisted in a device that enables users to view the interior and cross-sections of a 3D object in an immersive, interactive manner. In particular, a medical student or clinician may use this device to have physical intuition into the three-dimensional human anatomy using two-dimensional image slices from various image modalities.

Marilu Ortiz

2016 August - 2019 May

Ph.D. Mechanical Eng., University of Central Florida, US, started 2016

M.Sc. Biomedical Eng., University of Central Florida, US, started 2016

M.Sc. Mechanical Eng., University of Puerto at Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, 2002

B.Sc. Mechanical Eng., University of Puerto at Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, 1992

Soft Robotics and Related Technologies for Biomedical Applications

  • Applications for cancer related morbidities

The use of soft materials and technologies in medical applications such as minimally invasive surgery, medical devices and rehabilitation

More than 20 years of work experience with medical devices companies such as Medtronic and Boston Scientific for the divisions of cardiovascular, heart and rhythm management, diabetes and surgical technologies.

  1.  Ortiz et al. “Soft Robotics Recent Developments in Minimally Invasive Surgery and Implantable Medical Devices”, 2017 US-Korea Conference on Science, Technology and Entrepreneurship (UKC 2017), Washington DC, pp. 195.  ISBN 978-0-9967493-7-4.
  2.   Just, Frederick, et al. (2006).  “Damage Detection in Sandwich Composites Using Damping Matrix Identification”, Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Materials, 17(1).  Available online at:   www.deepdyve.com/lp/de-gruyter/damage-detection-in-sandwich-composites-using-damping-matrix-teWeNXf1m4.

Read and spend time with the family

Christian Gonzalez

2018 August - 2019 May

B.S. Computer Science, University of Central Florida, US, started in 2018

 

  • Assisted Sakura Sikander in literature review for medical expertise pooling project.
  • Assisted Sakura Sikander in Polaris setup for airslicer project.

Medical imaging, biosensing, computer vision, agent-based models, cryptography.

Software Engineering Intern at Fidelity Investments (2019)

Student Researcher at Vanderbilt University (2015-2016)

  1. “Enabling Bidirectional Traveler Healthcare Utilizing Medical Expertise Pooling Paradigm”, International Conference on Smart Tourism and Technology (ICSTT), May 1-4, 2019. 

Hackathons, Android and iOS development, reading about neuroscience and economics.

Bradley Atwood

2018 May - 2018 Sept
2019 Jan - 2019 MAY

 

  • Assisted Sakura Sikander with tactile display.

Mechanical engineering, biomechanics, biomechatronics, bioinstrumentation, bionics and rehabilitation engineering, and their applications to the design of medical devices

BPRE Biodesign Program Summer 2019

Cooking, rock climbing, and Brazilian Jiujitsu