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Past Events at City Tech

February 7, 2019

"NASA Internships"


Matthew Pearce

NASA Education Program Specialist

NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies









November 1, 2018

"Prosthetics Overview and Advancements"


Glenn Garrison, LPO, CPO

Senior Director, Prosthetics and Orthotics; Hospital for Special Surgery, NYC









March 1, 2018

"CMDAM Research Team Presentations"

Design and Fabrication of:

-Foot Brace

-Prosthetic Hand

-Bionic Hand

Event Info: thursday 3012018 team presentation-1.pdf


October 26, 2017

"Cybersecurity in additive manufacturing: A case for creating value through innovation"


Nikhil Gupta, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, NYU


Event Flyer: 2017-City Tech Talk-Gupta(1).pdf

In the medical device industry, the United States remains the largest medical device market in the world with a market size of around $110 billion, and it is expected to reach $133 billion by 2016.

The U.S. market value represented about 38 percent of the global medical device market in 2012. There are more than 6,500 medical device companies in the U.S., mostly small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Medical device companies are located throughout the country but the states with the highest number of companies include California, Florida, New York, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and Michigan.  It is worth noting that three of these states are on the east coast of the USA.

Upcoming Events - Spring 2019

March 11-15, 2019





GIAN Conference - Nagpur, India

"Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation in Poro-Biomechanics and Medical Devices"


Dr. Gaffar Gailani

Director of CMDAM

Associate Professor

Dept. of Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Design, NYCCT

We are pleased to announce that our very own Dr. Gaffar Gailani, Director of CMDAM, and Associate Prof. for the Dept. of Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Design, has been invited to present during the GIAN conference at Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology in India.  Dr. Gailani will share his experiences and expertise with students, executives, and industry professionals during this 5 day event. Please see the event flyer below for additional details and registration information. 

Event Flyer: GIAN COURSE FLYER.pdf


The United States is the world leader in the design and fabrication of medical devices, holding one-third of the global market share. Aging populations and global military conflicts alone create a rapidly growing need for the state-of-the-art production of medical devices. There is a significant gap between the market for prosthetic devices and the nation's capacity to meet production needs in the future unless engineering technology and engineering programs educate future technologists to work in this field.             

In partnership with leading producers and medical professionals in this field, the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Design Technology at New York City College of Technology (City Tech) has designed an associate degree program that is well aligned with the Medical Device Harmonization Initiative created by the current Administration and the US Department of Labor, to help the medical industry address its workforce supply deficiencies.


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Considering that City Tech is the second most diverse institution of higher education among regional universities in the northeast, and we produce a high number of associate degree recipients; it is anticipated that our participation in this project will have a significant impact on the production of a diverse cohort of technologists with expertise in this critical field.

City Tech provides students with unique classroom experiences that combine curriculum enhancement with intensive hands on experience using state of the art design and manufacturing technologies and offering advanced certificates in key technical areas.


The Department of Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Design Technology (MEIDT) at New York City College of Technology, the senior college of the City University of New York, is seeking to strengthen the skills of its graduates in manufacturing and design in response to the urgent needs of the manufacturing industry nationwide and to provide a national model for advanced engineering technology education. Many manufacturers complain of the lack in technical skills of most engineering graduates. Aerospace and medical devices are suffering the most according to recent reports.

The CMDAM focuses on:

    1. Strengthening the skills of students in design and manufacturing through hands on training, certification training, and high quality workshops by experts in the fields
    2. Provide students with opportunities to work on real projects in medical and prosthetic devices that will impact people's lives
    3. Establish a channel to foster collaboration between academia, industry, health facilities, community organizations, and individuals in need of medical devices. This collaboration will promote entrepreneurship and invention.

Tools students will gain high proficiency in:

    • Computer Aided Design (CAD) packages such as AutoCAD, Autodesk Inventor, and Solid Works.
    • Computer Aided Manufacturing such as Master CAM.
    • Medical Imaging Software, Mimics Suite (Mimics and 3-Matic)
    • Advance manufacturing processes using state-of-the-art subtractive manufacturing, milling, and additive manufacturing machines.

Students will gain valuable experience within the field by working on real-world projects with the prestigious Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan, SUNY-Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, and other not-for-profit organizations.  Students will help design and fabricate prosthetic and medical devices and will continue to expand their knowledge and multidisciplinary expertise in dental prostheses, business management, mechatronics, ethical issues in medical devices, and product lifecycle management through interaction with top experts in these fields. The project will also be introduced to grades 7-12 students and teachers in order to provide them with early exposure to this field.

Student Projects


Low Cost Medical and Prosthetic Devices for Developing Communities


According to the World Health Organization (WHO) about 10% of the world’s population (650 Millions) live with disability. UNICEF reported that 30% of the street youth are disabled. According to Helping Hand Relief & Development (international relief organization based in USA) a 0.5% of every population needs prosthetic and orthotic devices. The prosthetic devices life time is 3 years and is much shorter for children, which means additional cost . While people in developed communities can afford sometimes the high cost of medical devices due to support from insurance companies, the people in developing communities can not afford this cost. Thus, the challenge in this project is to explore other options to reduce the cost of these devices. In this presentation we will report  the work we try achieving in designing and fabrication for low cost for three devices, to make them affordable for poor people.  

1- Clubfoot Braces

Clubfoot is a congenital birth defect that results in the internal rotation of one or both feet. With a new case occurring in every 750 births and over one million untreated cases worldwide, clubfoot is one of the leading causes of disability. Left untreated, clubfoot results in physical deformity and social stigma, which can have detrimental impacts on the quality of life. In this project we are collaborating with Cheshire Home for Rehabilitation of Disable Children Capabilities in Sudan where more than 200 kids attending the center for treatment.  Sudan is a developing country in Africa. The center which provides free treatment and supported by the Red Cross can not afford the cost of these plates ($80/each approximately). The goal is to reduce the cost to be below $20 while maintaining the same quality. Two approaches will be used to improve the mechanical properties of the plate:

  • Additive Manufacturing: By using state-of-the-art Mark Forged 3D printer which is capable of making composite parts of fiberglass, carbon fiber and kevlar. The ratio of the fiber can be controlled in terms of quantity as well as distribution. With fiberglass 45%, 60% and 85% three different plates were made. Carbon fiber will be explored as well. 
  • Experimental Methods to develop a low cost composite material: The project is expected to develop fiber-reinforced composites for high strength and lightweight applications. the composite will be prepared using various types of glass and carbon fiber reinforcements into epoxy resin system. The acceptable fabrication procedure includes vacuum bagging, resin infusion and hot press. Allowable Processing temperatures range from room to 160 °C. Fiber volume fraction in these composites will be required to stay within 50-65 vol %. 

2- Bionic and Prosthetic Hands

Bionic hands are very expensive even for people with disability who live in developed countries. The lowest price for a basic bionic hand is $2,500. The goal of this work is to reduce the price to be less than $300. The hand components will be 3D printed using different materials (ABS, PLA, fiberglass, carbon fiber, kevlar…etc). Current estimates obtained for the material cost is about $200 (including Linear actuator, myoeletcric sensor, screws and nuts, gear torque and metal gear digital servo, model material,    and micro servo motor). The figure above shows the computer model and the 3D printed model of the hand. Furthermore, we are also working with Enabling the Future (non-profit organization) to prepare low cost prosthetic hands for kids.   


3- Surgical Loupes

Loupes are very important to reduce surgery errors. They should be equipped with lenses and light beam as an option. Prices vary from $280 - $700 in average. In our design we will use 83% Aluminum 6061, and 17% stainless steel. This will drop the material cost to be below $20. The loupe accessories could be made to be flexible with any frame in order to increase number of users in a developing country.  Having the loupes to be less expensive will help in improving the quality of surgeries in developing areas. The figure below shows the suggested model and design. 


ACKNOWLEDGEMENT: The authors acknowledge the support of NSF-ATE#1601522 and NASA-MOO#NNX16AN19A