Dr. Caroline Cao

Favorite catchphrase?
C'est comme ça!

Most used app?
The Weather Channel, because it is so amazingly accurate!

Superhero power?
Eat 2 dinners back-to-back

Favorite food?
Anything sweet and fattening


Caroline CAO received her PhD in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering from the University of Toronto in 2002. She is Professor of Biomedical, Industrial and Human Factors Engineering at Wright State University and Ohio Research Scholar in the Ohio Imaging Research and Innovation Network, a consortium of three universities in the State of Ohio (Wright State University, Case Western Reserve University, and the Ohio State University) for the creation of intellectual property, commercialization, and job creation in Ohio in the field of medical imaging through research and education. Professor Cao is also cross-appointed in the Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering as well as in the Department of Surgery in the Boonshoft School of Medicine at WSU. She is an expert in the field of human factors engineering (HFE) in medical systems, especially in the design and application of enabling technology for minimally invasive surgery and training (such as virtual reality simulation, sensory augmentation, and robotics). She is a recipient of an NSF Career Award from the National Science Foundation, and has served as PI or co-PI on more than $15 million of funded research, including multi-institutional grants supported by National Institute of Health (NIH). Professor Cao has actively cultivated international research collaborations while serving as a Research Chair in France supported by the Regional Research Council of the Loire Region in France in 2010-2011.

Katherine Marian Babbitt

Favorite catchphrase?
Wibbly Wobbley

Most used app?
Reddit

Superhero power?
Telepathy

Favorite food?
Chocolate sprinkles


I am currently a third year medical student at Boonshoft School of Medicine. When I'm not wandering hospital grounds or frantically searching for another cup of coffee, I am working with Rob on the Vibrotactile Feedback and Stochastic Resonance experiment or with Jeff on the LASTS experiment. In my glorious, albeit rare, time off I enjoy reading, serial watching Netflix, and hiking with my puppy, Luna.

Emily Diller

Favorite catchphrase?
Lolz

Most used app?
Gmail

Superhero power?
Psychokinesis

Favorite food?
Pancit!


I am working on my masters in Biomedical Engineering with an emphasis on neuroengineering, and I am working with Dr. Cao as a Graduate Research Assistant. My research is focusing on tele surgery and the neurological sensory response. I will be working on comparison studies of "real" vs virtual nueropathways. The goal is to improve the sensory immersion of tele surgery in a way that it feels more representative of traditional surgery.

When I am not working or studying, I like to travel and explore my creative side through photography with family and friends. :)

Jeff Flinn

Favorite catchphrase?
It is what it is.

Most used app?
Not app-licable

Superhero power?
Awesomeness

Favorite food?
Cheese


Jeff holds a B.S. degree in experimental psychology, and an M.S. degree in computer science. He has also completed graduate coursework and research in human factors psychology. When he is not research associating, you might find him playing with his drums.

Rob Hoskins

Favorite catchphrase?
Yes dear...right away dear...

Most used app?
Beats Music and Instagram

Superhero power?
Organizational Skills

Favorite food?
The kind that doesn't affect my lipid panel results


I am a graduate student in the MIHE program and a research assistant in Dr. Cao's lab. I am currently researching the effect of different modes of vibrotactile feedback on performance measures in laparoscopic surgery tasks. Before joining the lab I spent 14 years working in the prosthetics industry as an R&D and clinical engineer. When I am not working or studying I spend most of my time with my wife April and our twins Raegan and Quinn.

Yiman Lou

Favorite catchphrase?
Tomorrow is another day!

Most used app?
Wechat

Superhero power?
Fall asleep where ever I want

Favorite food?
Asian food, like sushi, bibimbap, curry...


Yiman is currently working on: Laparoscopic Surgery Training System (LASTS) experiment 2 – Expertise in surgical performance requires mastery of both technical skills such as suturing, and non-technical skills such as perceptual and procedural knowledge. Training to support re-learning after skill decay due to nonuse should consider the fact that non-technical skills decay faster than technical skills. In supporting the re-learning of perceptual and procedural knowledge, this study examines the effectiveness of digital training material design.

Mohammad Reza Maddah

Favorite catchphrase?
The meaning of life is to give life meaning.

Most used app?
SoundCloud

Superhero power?
Watch earth from space

Favorite food?
Pasta and Kebab


I am PhD student in Computer Science and Engineering Dept. of Wright state University. My background is in Physics and Electrical Engineering (Bachelors and Masters). My current research focus is on the "Port Placement in Robot Assisted Laparoscopic Surgery" project in EREL.

In this project we try to construct a 3D model of patient abdomen during insufflation process of laparoscopic surgery. The constructed 3D model then can be aligned with internal images of abdomen to find target location inside patient body.

Our ultimate goal is to find the best entrance ports for robot arms so that surgeons experience the best target accessibility in an exact and precise way.

Akole Mensah

Favorite catchphrase?
Let's do it.

Most used app?
Viber

Superhero power?

Favorite food?
Pasta with alfredo sauce and shrimp


Hi, My name is Akole Mensah. I am from Togo. I am a senior in Biomedical Engineering at Wright State University Dayton- Ohio. I have the opportunity to work as an Undergraduate research student for Dr. Caroline Cao this summer 2014. I am currently working on the eye tracking device that will allow me to get some data for analysis.

Natalie Pyatka

Favorite catchphrase?
None

Most used app?
Weather Channel

Superhero power?
Time travel

Favorite food?
Frozen yogurt


I am a 3rd year medical student at Wright State Boonshoft School of Medicine. Previously worked on the stress study project named "Yelling will not make me learn better." Now working on CTA laparoscopic video study.

Benjamin Rinehart

Favorite catchphrase?
Keep your stick on the ice.

Most used app?
QuizUp

Superhero power?
Super Speed

Favorite food?
Lemon pepper grilled salmon


Ben is a graduate student at WSU studying Biomedical Engineering. He is currently working on the project entitled: Endoscopic Fiber Optic Shape Tracker (EFOST). Project goal is to develop an assisting device which will provide spatial orientation information to physicians in order to increase the safety and comfort of colonoscopy procedures. When not working or studying he likes to spend his free time outdoors, playing sports; specifically baseball and football.

David Spindler

Favorite catchphrase?
Buddy of mine lost an eye that way.

Most used app?
Chess Time

Superhero power?
Time Manipulation

Favorite food?
Cotton candy ice cream, with no chips! Hate those little chips!


David received his BS in Industrial and Systems Engineering from WSU. He is now working on his MS in Human Factors Engineering. David joined the EREL as a Research Assistant in the summer of 2014. He is currently working on the human factors' side of a project for simulating airway management and cricothyrotomies.

Zohreh Tavakkoli

Favorite catchphrase?
Clear eyes, full hearts, can't lose.

Most used app?
Wikipedia

Superhero power?
The power to become invisible

Favorite food?
Chipotle mexican rice & meat


I am doing a master in biomedical engineering, to be more specific, I am doing medical Imaging, I am working in Dr. Cao's lab on Abdominal modeling during Insufflation stage of Laparoscopic surgery also working on Analysing Last (Laparoscopic surgery training ) experiments .

Jinling Wang

Favorite catchphrase?
Bazinga!

Most used app?
Apps don't work on my rotary phone

Superhero power?
Ability to conceal my other superhero powers

Favorite food?
Fruit


Jinling Wang is currently a Postdoctoral Research Associate in EREL. She received her Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the National University of Singapore in 2011 and a Bachelor degree in Automation from the University of Science and Technology of China in 2006.


Past members

Kelly Cooley

Favorite catchphrase?
Wow!

Most used app?
Facebook and Instagram

Superhero power?
Time travel

Favorite food?
Italian


Kelly is the Administrative Support Coordinator for EREL. She has worked at Wright State University for 4 years. She spends her free time with her husband watching their kids race bmx all across the country.

Riyad Tayim

Favorite catchphrase?
I honestly don't use many catchphrases, so I can't say I have a favorite one...I do say "Let's do this" quite often...not sure where I picked it up.

Most used app?
Most used app is called "Due." It's a reminder/organizer app on my iPhone.

Superhero power?
Superhero power would be Wolverine's (from the X-Men) indestructibility and rapid healing ability.

Favorite food?
Favorite food would be a dessert called Kunafa (it's a Middle-Eastern sweet made of shredded filo dough, stuffed with sweet cheese)


I am currently an incoming surgical resident in the general surgery program at Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine in Dayton, OH. I have a number of potential fellowship interests, including trauma, surgical critical care, vascular surgery and surgical oncology. I also have interests in global surgery and would like to seek out adequate elective training in plastic, orthopedic, urologic, gynecologic and burn surgery to be valuable in the global setting. I have research interests in the areas of surgical device development and translational design, surgical nutrition and improvements in quality and patient safety. In Dr. Cao's lab, I am currently working on a project involving non-invasive imaging of the biliary tree during laparoscopic cholecystectomy using infrared radiation and indocyanine green dye. Outside of my career pursuits, I greatly enjoy the outdoors, especially road biking, trail running, sailing, rowing and kayaking. I also like to stay engaged with my faith community as well as the greater community in which I live.

Christen Wendel

Favorite catchphrase?
Sounds like a plan, Stan.

Most used app?
Facebook

Superhero power?
Instantaneous healing

Favorite food?
Steak, medium rare


Christen Wendel is a junior studying biomedical engineering at Wright State University. She has a passion for innovative healthcare solutions, and is excited to begin researching airway management, laryngoscopy, and intubation. She wants to discover more about the training techniques that are currently being used and how improvements can be made. In her free time Christen is always up for adventures from backpacking trips to discovering new museums and everything in between! ​

David Wood

Favorite catchphrase?
"Resistance is futile"

Most used app?
Facebook

Superhero power?
Shape shifting

Favorite food?
16oz. ribeye steak


I am a 3rd year biomedical engineering student. I work in and out in the lab on a variety of projects, mostly ones having to do with software development. I'm hoping to continue my educations to a master's degree in Neuroengineering and further continue my work in Human computer interfaces. When I'm not working or studying, I spent most of my time out hanging with friends finding cool restaurants and shops.