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In a few years, wireless sensors embedded in everything from buildings to the blood stream will convey data to people all over the world. Technology conceived at UVM could bring this sensor driven world closer. Alumnus Robert Andosca (M.S. in materials science/electrical engineering, Ph.D. in materials science/physics) developed a tiny device called MEMS, short for microelectromechanical systems, with his Ph.D. advisor, physics professor Junru Wu. Their company, MicroGen Systems, is on the verge of taking their first device to market.
UVM Medical Center cardiologist Peter Spector, M.D., has often felt powerless to help patients with advanced atrial fibrillation (AF) — an extremely irregular heartbeat — because current treatments are inadequate. Spector is now using electrical recordings and CT scans to better map the electrical activity and structure of an AF patient’s heart. This will allow doctors to more effectively target problem areas and deliver patient-specific treatment. The resulting patented technology is already under development.