Published: 10 April 2018

Medical Engineering student wins prestigious presentation award

Advanced signal processing project given seal of approval by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

Surrey’s School of Mechanical Engineering Sciences is delighted to announce that one of its Medical Engineering students, Tricia Adjei, has been recognised and rewarded for her poster presentation at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers’ (IMechE) 26th Annual Medical Engineering Student Competition held in London on Thursday 27 February.

Miss Adjei was given the ‘JRI prize for best taught masters poster presentation’ for her work entitled ‘Complexity and Dispersion Analysis of Filtered Intracranial Pressure Signals from Hydrocephalus Patients’.

Tricia’s research analysed pressure signals from patients suffering from hydrocephalus, a condition which causes the cerebral ventricles to enlarge, resulting in intracranial pressure, leading to brain damage and even brain death.

“I never imagined I would win,” comments Tricia. “It was a huge surprise, and has a lot to do with the help and guidance I received from Dr Daniel Abásolo, who was very patient with me and gave detailed feedback on my initial application and poster. I am thrilled to have been given this award.”

Other Surrey MSc and MEng students nominated for this award include:

  • Alex Bates (Coordination Variability in Netball)
  • Ama Frimpong (Development of a materials driver system for the additive manufacturing of light - activated polymeric solutions)
  • Amy Rebecca Sibley (The role of Kinesio Tape in correcting scapular position and orientation in swimmers and non-swimmers)
  • Tricia Adjei (Complexity and Dispersion Analysis of Filtered Intracranial Pressure Signals from Hydrocephalus Patients)
  • Samuel Smith (Design of a ‘Heavy Limb Lifter’ for the assistance in treatment of pressure ulcers and oedema)
  • Christopher John Grant (Design of an automated fluid handling device for enhanced volumetric flow separation of bio particles using electrostatic forces).

MEng student Rita Morgado da Silva and BEng student Katherine Stephenson were also given recognition, finishing as runner-ups for the ‘Vicon Prize for Best Medical Engineering Project’.

Senior Lecturer in the Centre for Biomedical Engineering, Dr Daniel Abásolo, says, “The number of students from the University of Surrey that made it to the final in this competition shows the quality of medical engineering research at our institution. We are really happy with the achievements of these talented students.

“I am also incredibly proud of Tricia’s award. This award recognises the excellence of the work she completed with an Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) bursary during the summer of 2013. In just ten weeks she was able to apply advanced signal processing techniques to the analysis of intracranial pressure signals and characterise significant features that depend on the aetiology of hydrocephalus in a novel way. We are currently looking into publishing her results in a journal paper,” Dr Abásolo concludes.

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