Two Kentucky based technology companies will host EPSCoR Interns (EI) in their commercial labs this summer. Aimed at bolstering the local STEM workforce, the EI program provides financial support for start up companies to help students develop specialized skills in the additive manufacturing of embedded devices, robotics, synthetic biology and plant-based materials.

MEMStim, LLC

EPSCoR Intern: Jessica Baden; Danielle Dutton; and Catherine Harkins
Supervisors:
Angelique Johnson, PhD; Johné Parker, PhD; and Lindsay Strotman, PhD

EI Award

MEMStim, LLC is an original equipment manufacturer of neurostimulator leads in Louisville, Kentucky. Neurostimulators are used in a variety of medical device applications such as spinal cord stimulators and cochlear implants to modulate nervous system activities. Under the supervision of CEO Angelique Johnson two EPSCoR Interns will help to further optimize MEMStim’s 3D printing fabrication process to develop and integrate all the components of a cochlear device. An additional EPSCoR Intern will work with MEMStim Senior Scientist and engineer Lindsay Strotman and Dr. Johné Parker (an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Kentucky who is spending six months sabbatical leave at MEMStim) to use a 3D printer to produce cochlear devices and to create injection mold designs to improve the over-molding process.

PowerTech Water, LLC

EPSCoR Intern: Sara Olmstead
Supervisor: 
Alan Rassoolkhani, PhD

EI Award

At PowerTech Water, LLC in Lexington electrochemical systems are utilized in order to provide water treatment solutions in both residential and industrial settings. The ElectroMetTM series of devices developed at PowerTech Water uses a pair of carbon electrodes in order to selectivity remove metals from industrial waste streams. An EPSCoR Intern majoring in Environmental Geology and Environmental Studies will work with engineer Alan Rassoolkhani to provide an important role in assembly and testing of a rolled ElectroMetTM module.

For more information about the EPSCoR Internship program, please visit http://kynsfepscor.org/epscor-internships/.

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Cooperative Agreement No. 1849213.

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