Designing for Hospitals
When Moseley Andrews spent his summer at the HELIX Centre, a collaboration between Imperial College London and the Royal College of Art. The basis of Helix is for a group of designers and engineers to be embedded in a hospital to work with doctors and hospital staff to identify healthcare issues and solve them via frugal, effective, and implementable design. “I knew I’d be working at the innovation center based out St. Mary’s Hospital in London,” he says, “but I thought that could mean working on anything from designing pamphlets for healthcare pathways, to working on brain implants.”
The Average Day
The average day would range from meeting with doctors, nurses and patients to talking about potential problems the Centre could help solve, to rapidly prototyping solutions in a workshop, to solving circuits and running optimizations in MATLAB, to CADing and FEA in Solidworks.
Moseley redesigned a surgical tool based solely on the first principles of Mechanical Engineering, which alerts the surgeon when he or she is applying too much force to the brain. Amongst other projects, he also developed and prototyped a device and app for upper-limb rehabilitation for stroke, which takes the tedious, boring, and repetitive therapies of stroke rehabilitation at present, and gamifies them an interactive block (gyroscope and accelerometer inside), and smartphone application.
Clarity in Future Pursuits
Beyond technical experience and adventure, the summer also led Moseley to clarity in his future academic pursuits:
MORE VALUABLE THAN ALL THE KNOWLEDGE I HAVE ACQUIRED IS THE RENEWED SELF-CONFIDENCE AND BELIEF THIS SUMMER AND OPPORTUNITY HAS BROUGHT ME.
“After this past year at MIT, I was unsure about my career path. But going back to MIT this fall, I feel like I am ready to conquer with these two and a half months of design and engineering experience.” Moseley plans to continue to explore healthcare and assistive technologies.