Working with Prof. Robert Langer from MIT and Dr. Giovanni Traverso a gastroenterologist and biomedical engineer from Harvard, I have designed a printed circuit board compatible with ingestible devices. I am currently evaluating these systems for compatibility with the harsh gastrointestinal environment with respect to material integrity and communication capabilities.
Modeling the Capnogram
Working with Dr. George Verghese and Dr. Thomas Heldt, I made a mechanistic model of the lungs that describes both total airflow inside the lungs and the mixing of different gas components. My model predicts the shape of the capnogram (the concentration of carbon dioxide in exhaled air as a function of time) quite well. This work opens up the possibility of using capnography as a cheaper and easier alternative to traditional pulmonary function tests.
Working with 6 other MIT students, I designed and built a low-cost airflow sensor that could be attached to tracheostomy tubes to monitor patient breathing patterns in global health settings. I also wrote software that would automatically calibrate to patients’ regular breathing patterns and alert nurses if significant differences in breathing frequency and amplitude were detected. Our team conducted a needs analysis in Bangalore, India to determine usefulness of the device.
I co-founded a software startup that designed donation kiosks for religious institutions, primarily mosques. Not only did we provide software to allow congregants to register and make donations on physical kiosks, we also made a web administrative interface to allow mosque administrators to view donation analytics and create announcements, which notified congregants immediately through a companion mobile app.
After observing that MIT undergraduates across different dorms feel that the housing assignment process, particularly for returning students, is unnecessarily slow, manual, and prone to errors, I worked with Aziz Alghunaim (’15) and Abdulrahman Alfozan (’15) to create Lounge, an electronic platform that speeds up and automates the housing process, while giving dorms the flexibility to preserve their individual housing traditions.