Kimberlee Marie Wilkens

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    College: Architecture and the Arts Department: Art and Design
    Title: Assistant Professor
    Phone: 312-996-2611
    Participating in the Chancellor’s Undergraduate Research Awards program: Yes

    Research Interest:
    Currently, my academic research is focused on medical devices for the Urology department, through my honorary appointment with that department. Past work has been devoted to minimizing tremors during microsurgery, improving comfort for surgeons during long and arduous procedures, and improving the flow of urine through catheter systems while minimizing CAUTI.

    I reside in the Innovation Center on campus, but have access to observe and interview urology faculty through the interdisciplinary lab: UR*lab.

    Minimum time commitment in hours per week: 5

    Qualifications of a Student:
    Graphic or Industrial Design student at the Junior or higher level is preferred. With CAD and visualization software (Adobe Creative Suite), engineering students would be fine. Must be available to meet with UR*lab faculty @9am Fridays every week.

    Brief Summary of what is expected from the student:
    Students will be expected to conduct research (observations, interviews, and readings), pull insights from their findings that will ultimately lead to the development of innovative medical devices - specifically for Urology. Work is currently underway for this department, with the project scope already defined - this is not an open format, but is meant to aid in the completion of an existing medical device/tool.

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