Students Develop Patient Care Apps with Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation

Apps developed during Eight-Week Internship at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington DC

Two of Bachelors of Computer Engineering students have successfully developed prototype apps for patient care as part of their internships at the Sheikh Zayed Institute (SZI) for Pediatric Surgical Innovation at the Children’s National Medical Center in the US.

The two apps – Online Treatment Recovery Assistant for Concussion in Kids (OnTRACK) and BearGenes – were developed by students Hazza Daiban and Mohammad Al Mansoori during their eight-week internship in Washington, DC. The students worked under the guidance of Kevin Cleary, PhD, Professor of Radiology, Surgery, and Pediatrics at George Washington University and leader of the Bioengineering Initiative at the Sheikh Zayed Institute. OnTRACK was developed with Gerry Gioia, PhD, Director, Safe Concussion Program, while BearGenes was developed with Natasha Shur, MD, and Marshall Summar, MD, from the Children’s National Rare Disease Institute.

Dr. Arif Sultan Al Hammadi, Executive Vice-President, Khalifa University of Science and Technology, said: “Our students are offered various channels including internships to demonstrate their creativity and make use of their knowledge for the benefit of the community. The patient care apps developed by the two Khalifa University students illustrate the learning and expertise they have gained in Abu Dhabi and the guidance they received while interning at the Sheikh Zayed Institute in Washington DC. We believe institutions such as the SZI offer our students the right platform to not only widen their knowledge horizon but also serve as an instrument to sharpen their skills in areas including healthcare.”

The OnTRACK mobile app prototype that Daiban worked on is intended to help in concussion management by using ecological momentary assessment (EMA) of symptoms and to prompt patient treatment strategies. It is designed to provide support for patients five years and older who are identified with concussion. The developers are keen to incorporate the feedback currently being received from end users.

The BearGenes mobile app prototype that Al Mansoori worked on is designed to provide a trusted educational and informative platform for the patients and the public about genetic counseling and genetic conditions. It also provides information on where to access genetic expertise, such as the Children’s National Rare Disease Institute. The team is planning to create a web version of the platform that will be linked with the mobile app. Videos and information are being created by Children’s National Rare Disease Institute and will be added to the mobile app prototype database. Once uploaded to Play Store and App Store, mobile devices with the app will be offered to interested patient families.

Research professor and engineer Dr. Kevin Cleary said: “It was a great pleasure to have Hazza and Mohammad as interns. They made a positive contribution to our institute and hospital and did an excellent job developing the prototype apps.”

Dr. Cleary leads SZI’s interdisciplinary bioengineering team and focuses on technology development for pediatric medicine, working with the clinical team and other colleagues at Children’s National.

In addition to creating the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation, the Children’s National Medical Center has also named its primary campus in downtown Washington DC, the Sheikh Zayed Campus for Advanced Pediatric Medicine.

Clarence Michael

News Writer

5 November 2018

KU Summer Internships Benefit Over 400 Students

Overseas Collaboration Partners and Research Centers within Campus Premises Provide Platforms for Summer Internships

More than 400 students interned within the UAE at various government and private sector organizations for up to eight weeks as part of Khalifa University’s Summer Internship program.

At the same time, the Khalifa University Main Campus hosted six student interns at the Aerospace Research and Innovation Center (ARIC) and the Center for Biotechnology, three students at the Emirates Advanced National Research and Education Network (Ankabut) and five students at the Emirates ICT Innovation Center (EBTIC).

Industrial Engineering student Mohamed Khaled Ballaith interned as a Mechanical Maintenance Engineer with Shams Power Company, a 100MW concentrated solar power (CSP) plant and the first of its kind in the Middle East region located in the Western Region of the Abu Dhabi.

Sharing his experiences, Ballaith said: “I learned about the production of solar power and keeping the system online. I was engaged in many field jobs such as performing preventive maintenance and corrective maintenance on all mechanical equipment such as valves, pipes, motors, compressors and turbines. This gave me valuable experience.”

Khalifa University also worked collaboratively with a number of organizations from various industries in different countries including Germany, the United States, Italy, France, Japan, Ireland and Korea, to secure internship placements with foreign industry. On average, the university sends around 30 students overseas every year under its internship program.

Computer Engineering student Saeed Maatouq Alnuaimi spent nearly three months in Germany interning with NewStore, a company that provides software solutions to various retail stores.

Alnuaimi said: “I worked as part of an agile software development team that follows a framework called SCRUM. I was able to develop python programs, application programming interface (APIs), and iOS applications. Additionally, I have learned the process of software development in the workplace. Being in such a place outside my comfort zone has developed me not only academically, but also personally in problem-solving and being through independent.”

Mechanical Engineering student Khaled Ali Alneyadi interned with Barij Munitions, specialists in providing world-class ammunition products and services, and company came into existence following the merger of Caracal Light Ammunition (CLA) and Burkan. It is owned by Emirates Defense Industries Company (EDIC), an integrated national defense services and manufacturing platform, which is a joint venture between Mubadala Development Company and Tawazun Holding.

Alneyadi said: “I mainly served in the health and safety department of Barij Munitions, which gave me an insight into the regulations and helped me gain greater understanding of how new manufacturing companies depend on the assurance of complying with a set of regulations to best provide the most effective and efficient production rate of such munitions.”

He added: “In addition, I had experienced how a mechanical engineer can benefit this field and serve to better local mindsets to increase innovation. I have noticed aspects that I felt can be modified and made better. I have gained way more interest and experience than I had expected while joining this company.”

Khalifa University also supports and facilitates its students’ selection and participation in other international student internship programs.

This year two Master’s students – Sara Sarrar and Madiha Farman – completed summer internships at the University of Tokyo as part its Engineering Summer Education Program (ESEP) 2018, where up to 20 students are selected each year for short-term research experience in the basic and translational sciences.

Additionally, a team of nine Khalifa University students interned in Japan as part of the ADCO-Cosmo-JCCP Internship Program over the summer. Their experience included trips to Waseda University, a private, independent research university in central Tokyo, the 100,000-barrel-per-day (bpd) Cosmo Sakai refinery, Toyota facility in Nagoya, the JFE Steel’s Chita Works, and the Hamaoka nuclear power plant. The internship program aims to give the UAE’s future engineers the opportunity to visit leading Japanese companies in oil, energy and manufacturing sectors to teach them about their operations, as well as visit renowned Japanese universities.

Clarence Michael

News Writer

25 October 2018