KYLE LOGAN, Pre-Chemistry
IMSD Mentor: Samuel Kassegne, Ph.D.
Kyle Logan is a pre-chemistry major and began the IMSD program in August of 2015. He works under the guidance of Dr. Samuel Kassegne, the graduate director of Bioengineering and professor of Mechanical engineering, exploring the roles polymers play in nanotechnology. Specifically, Kyle uses various investigative methods such as Nuclear Magnetic Resonance and spectroscopy to characterize the interface between polymers and semi-amorphous carbon. Kyle also works on the design, manufacture, and testing of multi site Brain-Computer Interface (BCI) devices used for the detection and stimulation of the central nervous system. Understanding the mechanisms by which polymers interface with various substances can help improve the efficiency and reliability of these fabricated neurosensors and other medical devices which opens up the possibility for new neuroscience to be developed and explored.
Prior to IMSD, Kyle worked in a broad range of technological and scientific areas. In his first year, Kyle was the project manager of San Diego State’s IEEE chapter. His leadership helped develop drones which filmed SDSU’s Rocket Project launch, a competitive hackathon, and began work on an electric car. Also, he was involved with Dr. Morris exploring creative ways of testing wave-particle duality. In 2013, Kyle worked with CleanWorld, the leading company in Anaerobic Digester technology, investigating methods of three dimensional flow visualization for Anaerobic digesters as well as means of solid state extraction from the system. In addition to his internship, Kyle was involved with Sierra Streams Institute collecting water samples from the Yuba River watershed and analyzing the chemical composition through spectroscopy to determine the health of the ecosystem. After exploring his passions and pursuing graduate studies in Chemistry, Kyle aims to further his curiosity regarding the material composition of the natural universe through his interdisciplinary approach to engineering and chemistry in nanoscience and technology.
SHANE WITSELL, Electrical Engineering
IMSD Mentor: Samuel Kassegne, Ph.D.
Shane Witsell is a Electrical Engineering major and began the IMSD program in August 2015. He is currently working in Dr. Sam Kessegne’s Micro Electromechanical Systems Laboratory (MEMS) in the Department of Mechanical Engineering investigating the detection of various electro-chemical interactions in both the brain and spinal cord . Specifically, Shane is working on the design, fabrication, and testing of multi site Brain-Computer Interface (BCI) devices used for the detection and stimulation of the central nervous system specifically 5Ht detection in the spinal cord. Shane is also specialized in the lithography fabrication and coventorware design methods of these chips as well as the electrochemical and electrophysiological detection uses of said devices.
In the past, Shane has worked on a wide range of projects in various disciplines of neuroscience and electrical engineering. As the Vice President of The San Diego State Student Chapter of The Institute of Electronic and Electrical Engineers Shane has been involved in various projects such as: The formation of Aztec Aeronautical Integrated Robotics (AIR), Director Assistant for the first bi-anual hackathon. Shane is also the Vice President of The San Diego State University Student Chapter of The Engineers Without Borders, where under the leadership of Donovan Giger he is an ongoing member of the humanitarian projects working in Nicaragua, Agua Fira, and Mesa Grande. Shane strides to further his curiosity regarding the electrical interactions and uses of the both the micro and macroscopic worlds with his innovative approach to engineering, science, and technology.