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Mechanical Engineering. 2019;141(04):30-35. doi:10.1115/1.2019-APR1.

Engineering and medicine has been intertwined for a very long time and in the recent years the relationship has been getting stronger and more important to the advance of healthcare. Surgeons and engineers are collaborating are using 3-D models to plan complex procedures. To do that, engineers must speak a language surgeons can understand. This article looks at how Boston Children's Hospital has invested in the Cardiac Surgery Research department and wants engineers engaged “in the room where it happens.” Then they can observe, study, and communicate with surgeons to truly understand their problems and the type of solutions that they would want to use.

Commentary by Dr. Valentin Fuster
Mechanical Engineering. 2019;141(04):36-41. doi:10.1115/1.2019-APR2.

Animals are the key to discovering new, physical ways of dealing with the world—to learning how to accomplish difficult tasks that many life forms undertake very efficiently like moving around, eating, drinking, storing and releasing waste, and keeping things clean. In this study, David Hu, an associate professor of mechanical engineering and biology, who runs a biolocomotion laboratory at the Georgia Tech, delves deeper into how to turn animal abilities into elegant engineering solutions.

Commentary by Dr. Valentin Fuster
Mechanical Engineering. 2019;141(04):42-45. doi:10.1115/1.2019-APR3.

Fed up of the mail left in front of his house getting stolen every so often, a California-based engineer Mark Rober built a glitter bomb to trick parcel thieves. The glitter bomb certainly did that, surprising and shaming local package thieves. Yet it is only the latest success for Rober. Over the past seven years, he has parlayed his penchant for complex and zany devices—and slick videos that explain how they work—into a career as a celebrity YouTube personality.

Topics: Bombs , Engineers , Rockets
Commentary by Dr. Valentin Fuster

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