#TechTalkCPT: Medical Tech & Innovation

Wed Apr 6, 18:00 - Wed Apr 6, 20:00
Space Theatre
April's #TechTalkCPT looks at innovative technology used in the medical industry. From equipment created for measuring the air capacity of the lungs to dual-modality mammography machine. The three directors of BMEC speak to us about everything that goes on behind the scenes when designing and building this specialised tech. 

The BMEC team that will be presenting to you on the night are Raphael Smith, Shuaib Omar and Heidi Wilson. 

#TechTalkCPT happens one evening every month, where we bring you the bleeding edge of technology, science and innovation as presented by specialists within a field, accompanied by drinks and networking.
Raphael has an MSc (Med) degree in Biomedical Engineering from UCT, and a BSc (Eng) degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the University of the Witwatersrand where he graduated top of his class.

He is currently responsible for a patented dual-modality breast imaging platform incorporating mechatronic control systems submerged in a coupling fluid at CapeRay Medical as well as an ozone sanitisation system at ArcAqua. He has also been responsible for the design, manufacture and testing of a pre- production spirometer for use in emergency resuscitation as well as for the design of a pediatric growth device for the treatment of scoliosis in children. Furthermore, he has designed a 3D printed artificial heart valve for fatigue testing of infused bovine pericardial tissues.

At Wits Raphael served as President of their Baja team, responsible for the design, manufacture and racing of an off- road vehicle. He recently became the world champion at the IOM3 World Lecture Competition.
Shuaib has a BSc (Eng) degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering (where he was on the Dean’s Merit List) and an MSc (Eng) degree in Electrical Engineering from UCT in which he developed a target tracking system for an unmanned aerial vehicle's sense and avoid system using multi-sensor data fusion.

Shuaib has worked on a number of engineering projects. At CapeRay Medical, he has developed extensive biomedical engineering experience in the development of an X-ray and ultrasound breast imaging system. At ArcAqua, he is developing the ozone safety and ozone quality control systems for an industrial sanitisation system.

At Tellumat, he assumed the role of hardware engineer where he focused on electronic hardware, embedded systems and firmware design for various microprocessor platforms (including FPGAs). As a software engineer at iPay, he performed server-side software development using open- source technologies as well as mobile application development.
Heidi is a graduate of the University of Cape Town with a BSc (Eng) degree in Mechatronics Engineering where her thesis on the automated counting of red blood cells in thin blood smears led to a published paper in IEEE International Symposium on Biomedical Imaging. Heidi graduated first in her class receiving the class medal awarded to the top mechatronics student.

Heidi worked for three years as a project engineer for EES Africa where she successfully project managed a number of commercial projects to completion, ranging from small luxury estate security upgrades to the installation and relocation of Head Office Data Centre and building IT systems for two established asset managers.

Heidi has gained invaluable experience as Quality Manager, Project Manager and Clinical Trial Manager at CapeRay. Heidi has also been responsible for various aspects of product regulatory compliance. Heidi has been integral in managing supplier delivery at ArcAqua as well as assisting with technical activities.


#TechTalkCPT: Medical Tech & Innovation
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