Pedro Huebner, MIE faculty candidate
- Monday, January 29, 2018 at 3:10pm
- Roberts Hall, Room 307 - view map
Design and Fabrication of 3D Printed Implants for Orthopedic Tissue Engineering Applications
Abstract: Injuries and diseases of orthopedic tissues prevail as a medical problem affecting millions of people worldwide across populations of all ages. In many cases, existing medical devices and treatment approaches are sub-optimal and may fail to restore and maintain tissue function in the long term. Recent advances in biomaterials and biomedical design and manufacturing research have enabled the creation of biodegradable, patient-specific and anatomically-relevant "scaffolds" with highly controlled micro-architectures which, when cultured with human cells, can mature into living tissues. In this research, we investigate select material, process, and structure interrelationships that play a role in the 3D printing of scaffolds for osteochondral tissue engineering. We have worked towards the optimization of the macro- and micro-architectural design of a biomimetic scaffold that replicates relevant structural and mechanical characteristics of native tissue and is suitable for surgical implantation. Furthermore, we have developed process maps and validated response surface models in the processing of relevant biomaterials in osteochondral tissue engineering. Ultimately, we seek to develop a framework for larger-scale implant fabrication, proposing models for better and more autonomous control of the fabrication process, as well as implant design and biological performance.
Bio: Pedro Huebner is a PhD candidate in the Edward P. Fitts Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at North Carolina State University. He holds a BS degree in Production Engineering from the Pontifical Catholic University of Parana, Brazil, and a Masters degree in Industrial Engineering from NC State. His current research focuses on improving the design and fabrication processes of biodegradable 3D printed medical implants, while investigating the potential of such class of products in the field of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine. Pedro has served as the instructor of core manufacturing and design courses at NC State and, by doing so, he discovered his passion for teaching aspiring engineers. Today, he is an active member of the Center for Additive Manufacturing and Logistics, the Comparative Medicine Institute, and currently serves as the Chair of the IISE Manufacturing and Design Student Committee. He is a recipient of the 2017-2018 IISE Gilbreth Memorial Fellowship.
- Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering