Hk Maker Lab

The Hk Maker Lab is an intensive six-week summer program to learn the foundations of engineering design. The program takes place at Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Focusing on addressing a health problem, students work in teams to prototype and test a biomedical device and develop an associated business plan. The program culminates in a pitch event to leading executives from the biomedical community. Winning projects might then be incubated using the state-of-the-art facilities at Harlem Biospace. Students then also have the possibility of being placed in internships within NYC’s biotech community.



Group Photo 2015

Dr. Aaron Kyle, Lead Instructor

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Aaron M. Kyle, Ph.D., is a Lecturer in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Columbia University. Dr. Kyle is the primary instructor for the three-semester undergraduate BME laboratory sequence and primary instructor for BME Senior Design. He has successfully led students to the completion over 35 prototypes over the past three years. He also works on the development of new courses and teaching modalities for the improvement of undergraduate education. Most recent efforts have resultant in the creation of a novel Bioinstrumentation course, which entails having undergraduate students create a benchtop cardiac pacemaker of their own design. Dr. Kyle has spearheaded the formation of a global health technology program in the BME Senior Design course at Columbia. As a result of these efforts, Senior BME students have worked with clinicians at Mulago Hospital in Kampala, Uganda, on the development of efficacious, low-cost diagnostic and therapeutic devices for improving neonatal outcomes in low resource settings. Dr. Kyle was the recipient of the 2012 Kim Award at Columbia University for outstanding faculty involvement.



Class of 2014: Tackling a Global Health Problem

Focusing on addressing a global health challenge, students prototyped a biomedical device and developed a business plan under the direction of Prof. Aaron Kyle. The program culminated in a presentation to executives from the biomedical community. The judges selected two winning teams: VitaLight and Euphoria. The VitaLight team, which included Matthew Chung, Michael Harris, Arif Mahmud, and Nebil Salih, created a low-cost, solar-powered LED light array that could illuminate medical wards during the frequent blackouts that occur in low-resource settings. Team Euphoria, which included Jenny Dong, Mahfuzul Islam, Enkel Prifit, and Ruiqui (Rachel) Wang, designed a low-cost, feedback-controlled neonatal warming device. Both teams will have the opportunity to continue developing their projects over the next year at Harlem Biospace.