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How to Perform an Effective Peer Review

How to Perform an Effective Peer Review

Are you invited to do a peer review for a journal or conference? Are you wondering how to write the review or where to start it? If you have any of these questions you are at the right place. Doing a peer review is a great responsibility. You are responsible to give your unbiased opinion on an article to keep scientific community from false findings and inaccurate research while at the same time promoting legitimate good research that are fruits of years of countless hours at lab, discouragements, tears, and perseverance. How Does Peer Review Work The author submits the…
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Predictive mechanics-based model for depth of cut (DOC) of waterjet in soft tissue for waterjet-assisted medical applications

Predictive mechanics-based model for depth of cut (DOC) of waterjet in soft tissue for waterjet-assisted medical applications

Our new paper entitled "Predictive mechanics-based model for depth-of-cut (DOC) of waterjet in soft tissue for waterjet-assisted medical applications" is recently accepted to be published in Medical & Biological Engineering & Computing journal and is now online at the following address: Click HERE! This paper solves the fundamental physics problem of the interaction of the waterjet with the surrounding soft tissue for waterjet-assisted cutting in medical and surgical applications. Mahdieh Babaiasl, Stefano Bocelli, Yao Chen, and Fan Yang conducted this research under the supervision of Dr. John P. Swensen, and Dr. Jow-Lian Ding.  Watch a short video of the experiments below:…
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Mahdieh Babaiasl Was an Invited Speaker to WSU’s Seminar Series

Mahdieh Babaiasl Was an Invited Speaker to WSU’s Seminar Series

In Nov. 2019, Mahdieh Babaiasl was invited to give a talk on Waterjet Steerable Needles at WSU's Seminar Series at Tri-Cities Campus. The topic of the talk was "Waterjet-assisted Needle Steering to be Used for Medical Applications". The abstract of the talk Steerable needle technology has the promise of improving outcomes by enhancing the accuracy of different therapies and biopsies, as they can be steered to a target location around obstacles. Achieving a small radius of curvature and being able to control both radius of curvature and tip travel is of paramount importance in steerable needles to accomplish the increase…
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Mahdieh Babaiasl Attended 2019 Academic Showcase at WSU

Mahdieh Babaiasl Attended 2019 Academic Showcase at WSU

Mahdieh Babaiasl participated in the annual 2019 Research Expo held by Washington State University. At this Expo, Researchers present their research to the general public and researchers from different disciplines. In this event, Mahdieh presented her research on Waterjet Steerable Needles that received quite an attention from the audience. Poster of the Event: Abstract of the Proposal: Water-jet technology has recently been used in medical applications such as surgery for dissection of organs, dentistry, bone cutting, and wound debridement. Measuring, and controlling the depth of cut of the waterjet is important for medical applications. For example, in surgical applications using…
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Mahdieh Babaiasl Was Chosen to Represent MME Department at WSU’s 3 Minute Research Competition

Mahdieh Babaiasl Was Chosen to Represent MME Department at WSU’s 3 Minute Research Competition

Mahdieh Babaiasl has been chosen to represent the Mechanical and Materials Engineering Department at WSU's 2019 3 minute research competition. The abstract of the proposal for the competition is as follows: Water-jet technology has recently been used in medical applications such as surgery for dissection of organs, dentistry, bone cutting, and wound debridement. Measuring, and controlling the depth of cut of the waterjet is important for medical applications. For example, in surgical applications using water-jet, selective cutting is a must, and water-jet should cut the desired layer and should not go further, and this requirement dictates a predictive model for…
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WSU INSIDER Featured Mahdieh Babaiasl

WSU INSIDER Featured Mahdieh Babaiasl

WSU INSIDER featured Mahdieh Babaiasl's research on Fracture-directed Waterjet Steerable Needles. The featured article is titled "Cutting-edge needles promise more accuracy in medical procedures" and interviewed graduate students Mahdieh Babaiasl and Fan Yang who conduct research on Steerable Needles under the supervision of Dr. John Swensen. The researchers, including John Swensen and graduate students Mahdieh Babaiasl and Fan Yang, test their waterjet-based, steerable needles that could improve accuracy and control and reduce tissue damage for many common, non-invasive medical procedures. To read the full article, please CLICK HERE! You can see the other posts on the Mecharithm News and waterjet…
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Mahdieh Babaiasl Featured on DailyEvergreen

Mahdieh Babaiasl Featured on DailyEvergreen

Mahdieh Babaiasl is featured in an article entitled "Researchers develop new needle" on the DailyEvergreen. In this interview, she talked about her research on waterjet steerable needles in which the direction of the tissue fracture is controlled by an angled waterjet nozzle with the subsequent following of the superelastic needle. Continuing this process will lead to steering the needle to the target. To read more please click HERE! You can see the other posts on Mecharithm News, and waterjet steerable needles in the links below: https://www.mecharithm.com/category/mecharithm-news/ https://www.mecharithm.com/category/learning-robotics-mechatronics/robot-categories/steerable-needles-learning/ If you enjoyed this post, please consider contributing to help us with our…
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Mahdieh Babaiasl Received SWE’s Registration Grant

Mahdieh Babaiasl Received SWE’s Registration Grant

Mahdieh Babaiasl received Registration Grant to attend Society of Women Engineer (SWE)'s Annual conference (we18) held at Minneapolis, Minnesota, 2018. She has been featured in the following video (see 0:17): Here are some of the photos and videos of the held conference: You can see more News for the Mecharithm in the link below: https://www.mecharithm.com/category/mecharithm-news/ If you enjoyed this post, please consider contributing to help us with our mission to make robotics and mechatronics available for everyone. We deeply thank you for your generous contribution! Do not forget to contact us: Be sure to let us know your thoughts and…
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Waterjet Steerable Needles’ Abstract Published in WSU’s Website

Waterjet Steerable Needles’ Abstract Published in WSU’s Website

Our abstract entitled "Waterjet Steerable Needles: a New Promise for Improving Medical Procedures" about waterjet steerable needles is accepted for WSU's this year Academic Showcase, but the actual event is not held because of the outbreak of the COVID-19. Mahdieh Babaiasl and Fan Yang are presenters of this abstract under the supervision of Dr. John Swensen. Abstract of the Waterjet Steerable Needle Steerable needles are a type of medical device that can steer around obstacles to reach a target location within patient anatomy and thus can improve the accuracy of medical procedures. The radius of curvature is an important parameter…
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Segway Robot (Two-Wheeled Robot)

Segway Robot (Two-Wheeled Robot)

Note: Segway Robot project was done during the years 2011 - 2013 when Madi was a Master's student. Study on two-wheeled robots started in late 1990 in different robotic labs in different countries. The main objective is to design a balanced two-wheeled robot that has human-like abilities. The main research challenge in these robots is the inherent instability of their dynamical system. These robots can be used as autonomous vehicles in companies, factories, or just to transport people. Mechanical Design of Segway Robot Actuator Modeling According to Kirchhoff law: \[V_a - Ri - L\frac{di}{dt} - V_e = 0\] Newton's Law…
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