2012 ASEE SME Design and Manufacturing Competition

City Tech Teams at 2012 ASEE Conference

Two City Tech teams, Loop-O-Scope team and Rare Loop Finder team, participated in this year’s American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Design and Manufacturing Competition held in San Antonio, TX, on June 12, 2012. The goal for the competition was to design and manufacture a device that could be used to detect the formation of a loop by endoscope tubing inside a patient’s body and warn the doctors performing an upper endoscopy procedure.

Both City Tech teams did an excellent job in presenting their devices at the competition, demonstrating outstanding professionalism, teamwork and enthusiasm. The Loop-O-Scope team used stretch sensors embedded into the endoscope to detect the formation of the loop, while the Rare Loop Finder team used fiber optics to detect the loop’s formation. In the end, the Rare Loop Finder team placed third in the competition.

Both teams are grateful to Brooklyn 8th Ave Endoscopic Clinic for showing them how an endoscope works. They also are greatly indebted to Dr. Djafar Mynbaev for introducing fiber optics and for lending fiber optic devices to them. Thank also go to Drs. Ralf Phillip and Xiaohai Li for their valuable help and for providing the teams with light tracking device.

The teams had less than a month’s time to design, test and fabricate their devices, and the advisors, Drs. Andy Zhang and Farrukh Zia, would like to congratulate the two groups of students for a job well done in such a short period of time.