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ActIN - Design Thinking Hands-on

May 03, 2016

On May 2nd, IEEE-IST EMBS Student Chapter invited the Act for Health to deliver to our students’ community at Instituto Superior Técnico a practical workshop, in which was introduced the Design Thinking methodology as a way of converting existing solutions in better and more focused ones, reflecting the real needs of those with real health problems. In partnership with Associação Portuguesa de Esclerose Lateral Amiotrófica, students were challenged to develop solutions for an early warning system for breathing difficulties in patients with neuromuscular diseases, in order to innovate the caretakers’ experience and improving the quality of life of their patients. Students of Chemical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Medicine and Pharmaceutical Sciences attended this sold-out workshop.

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Lecture "NASA’s Mission to Mars", by Dava Newman

Nov 20, 2015

On 20th of November, Dava Newman presented in Instituto Superior Técnico NASA’s Mission to Mars, the next giant leap for humanity. Miss Newman explained how engineers and scientists around the world are working hard to develop the technologies astronauts will use to one day live and work on Mars, and safely return home. This lecture, recorded by IEEE-IST TV, was a collaboration between IST/ACorner (protocol between US Embassy and Instituto Superior Técnico) and IEEE-IST Student Branch. You can watch it on our YouTube channel (video).

Dava Newman is Apollo Professor of Astronautics and Engineering Systems - MIT. Her renown investigation in extravehicular activity and biomechanics assured, in 2007, the distinction of “Best Inventor” by Time Magazine, because of BioSuit™ system, an advanced space suit that allows the astronaut a better locomotion. Some of her techniques are being used in children with cerebral palsy, to help them to develop some motor control and to perform daily activities. Late last year, Dava Newman was appointed by US President Barack Obama, as NASA Deputy Administrator, a position she holds since May 2015.

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