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John Doneth

John Doneth

Software Engineer

John C. Doneth is an undergraduate student at Grand Valley State University. He is currently pursuing his Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science and has been studying programming since he was a kid. He currently works as a Software Developer at aMDI.

John has worked on many open source projects. He has spent extensive time developing applications written in native programming languages such as C, C++11, C++14, and Rust. As well as developing mobile applications on Android with Java. He also has experience working as a full stack developer for web applications and websites with technologies such as Node.js. Finally, he also has experience using various other languages such as, C#, Python, Typescript, Lua, etc, where needed.


Jon Vinsko

Jon Vinsko

Electrical Engineer

Jonathon Vinsko is a graduate student at Grand Valley State University. He participated in GVSU's Articulated Bachelor Master Program and will graduate with both a Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering at the end of the Summer of 2018. He was a former employee at Twisthink in Holland. He specializes in software, namely Ruby, C, C++, and Java. He also works with embedded systems, including PCB designs, which he is currently working on at aMDI. He plans to pursue the field of Artificial Intelligence with his degrees. In his free time, he enjoys working on his computer that he built and gaming.


Maruf Hossain

Maruf Hossain

Mechanical Engineer

Md Maruf Hossain is from Bangladesh and completed his bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology. Currently he is pursuing master's in Mechanical Engineering from Grand Valley State University. 

As an engineer, he is inclined towards designing the conceptual products into a functional prototype as a part of product designing. His Computer Aided Manufacturing skills can be effectively used in product development phase where often constraints are very strict. Another effective skill of him would be to collaborate a group activities towards project completion within a given time frame. In Grand valley State University, he has completed projects where his team leading skills and CAE skills came to play an important role. As a part of his internship during summer 2017 he joined aMDI as a mechanical engineering intern where he has been working as a Graduate Research Assistant from January, 2017. Maruf is working with ongoing projects requiring 3D modelling designs, Rapid prototyping, testing in the aMDI, and attending client meetings as the project progresses towards completion.


Pranav Sreedharan Veliyara

Pranav Veliyara

Image Processing Engineer

Pranav graduated from Amrita University (AU), India, with a bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Communications Engineering. He is currently pursuing his master’s degree towards Biomedical Engineering at Grand Valley State University (GVSU).

Pranav is an image processing engineer at aMDI. His fields of interest are digital signal processing, image processing, and electronic circuit designing. His thesis, ‘Visualization of cardiac excitation and PVC arrhythmia on a 3D heart model’ was a totally new approach to visualize the cardiac potential movement along a set of conduction pathways. Over the years, he was also involved in various sensor based medical device design and embedded system projects. Apart from the projects and research at GVSU, he has 2 years of research experience at Humanitarian Technology Lab, AU where he worked on various motor controlled device design projects. During the course of the education at AU and GVSU, he developed a strong set of expertise in various microcontroller programming, analog and digital circuit designing, PCB layout, MATLAB programming, C programming and digital signal processing.


Cody Rash

Cody Rash

Undergraduate Assistant

Cody Rash is a junior Biomedical Sciences major, going into his senior year at Grand Valley State University with the hope of one day becoming a Physician Assistant that specializes in Pediatrics. Cody grew up in White Lake, Michigan and was always fascinated by the medical field and what it had to offer.  His final goal in life would be to open up a practice of my own in order to really, truly help people live a better day to day life.

Cody's current responsibilities at aMDI include researching, testing, creating graphs or charts from data and assisting with general office work. His background in sciences makes his research skills valuable for looking for critical new areas of growth in the industry.


Jacob Gonser

Jacon Gonser

Undergraduate Assistant

Jacob Gonser graduated from Grand Rapids Catholic Central, and is an undergraduate student in the Grand Valley School of Computing and Information Systems. He is currently looking to get a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science. Jacob has experience in software programming in Java and C++ and is familiar with Python and SQL. He is currently working for aMDI on Internal Research and Development, as well as Data Consolidation.  In his free time Jacob enjoys playing soccer, movie critiquing with his friends, and gaming.


Spencer Adamczyk

Spencer Adamczyk

Undergraduate Assistant

Spencer Adamczyk is a undergraduate student at Grand Valley State University. He is a first year student planning on studying Biology with an emphasis in Education. Spencer's main responsibilities included 3-D modeling in SolidWorks for design concepts, researching, and time management.

Since being employed at aMDI, Spencer has done multiple research projects and aided in the development of testing fixtures for a variety of projects, using his growing education in biology to document and develop new testing procedures. Additionally, this allows for Spencer to assist in research for new areas of development in each project, aiding in time management and project ideation.


Rachel Welscott

Rachel Welscott

High School Intern

Rachel Welscott is senior at Grandville High School and is an intern at aMDI. This fall, she plans on attending Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN with a major in biomedical engineering and a possible minor in engineering management. Her goal is to attain a Master's degree in biomedical engineering. In ten years, Rachel wants to be working at a prosthetic design company, or to be working on devices to improve the lives of individuals with disabilities. Rachel has worked with an organization called Go, Baby, Go where she designed and adapted toy ride-along cars for kids with disabilities. 

Her main responsibilities at aMDI include assisting with experiments, testing, and researching. She helps to brainstorm and design 3D models to improve testing efficiency and accuracy on SolidWorks. 

 


Joseph Kissling, MSE

Joseph Kissling, MSE

Engineer

Joseph Kissling graduated from the University of Texas with a Master's in Mechanical Engineering and Minor in Geology. He is furthering his education underneath Brent Nowak, Ph.D, at Grand Valley State University, currently pursuing his Master's Degree in Mechanical Engineering. 

Joseph has worked on many projects in the past involving the research, design, and fabrication of many different tools and devices both in mechanical and biomedical areas, for clients ranging from GVSU to the DoD. These projects have given him an exceptional knowledge base in rapid prototyping, SolidWorks design, Matlab coding, Machining, and data analysis. His current project is his Masters thesis, where the goal is to augment astronaut gloves using a robotic exoskeleton. The work involves creating a mathematical model as well as construction of the actual system. He is also working on a machine vision project for Surge Cardiovascular to aid in manufacturing and a controller for Michigan Instruments to help test a prototype machine for CPR.


Brooks Schaefer, MSE

Brooks Schaefer, MSE

Engineer

Brooks graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) where he received his bachelors of science in mechanical engineering. Upon graduation he moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan to attend Grand Valley State University (GVSU) and work on his masters in mechanical engineering.

His first position in the engineering field was as a research assistant for UTSA in the Robotics and Intelligent Machines Laboratory. This lab developed a multitude of biomedical device prototypes to convey the foundation of project proposals. His first position, outside of research, was as an intern for InCube Labs in San Antonio. InCube Labs is a startup company for biomedical devices where he converted hand drawn designs to CAD drawings in SolidWorks. He also spent extensive time in the machine shop fabricating small parts out of titanium and stainless steel with a manual mill and lathe at high tolerances. After moving to Grand Rapids, he began working for GVSU as a graduate teaching assistant and would keep this position until his graduation. He found additional employment at OrthoForge, LLC as the Project Manager in Engineering for the prototype development of a device which aids in bone restoration. Concurrently, he was hired as an engineering consultant through NRG, LLC where he conducted product research and development for biomedical devices. He also began a small company with a fellow mechanical engineering student called Angel Arms, LLC. This company is based on a product designed to passively aid children with Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) by supporting their arms and increasing their range of motion.


Alyssa Schaefbauer, BSE

Alyssa Schaefbauer, BSE

Engineer

Alyssa Schaefbauer graduated from the University of Texas with a Bachelor's of Science in Mechanical Engineering. Following her graduation, she has chosen to continue her education at Grand Valley School of Engineering for a Master's Degree in Mechanical Engineering. Though a student, she has also taken the role of mentor to several students through her Graduate Assistance work.

Alyssa has experience working on multiple projects across her academic career. Notable examples include SolidWorks modeling and redrawing of existing schedules, part fabrication using milling, CNC, and lathe controls. Of particular note is her Senior Design project, done in collaboration with NASA engineers through the Texas Space Grant Consortium. She led a team of undergraduate engineers to build a lumbar therapy device through design, fabrication, and testing. The project was a success, leading to recognition across the state and above other competing schools in Texas. This was furthered with collaboration with business students for entrepreneurial opportunities. 


Dayna McIntyre

Dayna McIntyre

Engineering Student

Dayna McIntyre is an undergraduate student at Grand Valley State University. She is a senior level student studying mechanical engineering. On semesters that she does not take classes full time, she works full time as a Manufacturing and Project Engineer at Vention Medical, a global contract manufacturing company for medical devices.

Main responsibilities included assisting with production support and process improvement projects, drafting component / process specifications and protocols, building product prototypes or samples, performing product testing, gathering data and analysis, contributing to process equipment design and installation as well as new product launches. In the fall of 2016 Dayna will also be conducting research alongside Amy Lenz regarding the understanding and improvement of socket design for trans tibial amputees. Here, Dayna's main responsibility will be accurately modeling the portion of the leg and the associated loading in FEBio in order to better understand the stresses and strains a leg undergoes in current prosthetic designs.


Andrew Heuerman

Andrew Heuerman

Business Student

Andrew Heuerman, a fifth year senior at Grand Valley State University finishing his major in Clinical Exercise Science along with an added curriculum of entrepreneurship. His responsibilities at aMDI involve the collection and analysis of business and sales models for various products developed and researched for development. He also is concerned with generating and improving business charts for future production of products. 

While studying at Grand Valley State University he competed on the Men’s Varsity tennis team for all four years, named team Co-captain for two years and individual team captain his Senior year. Andrew worked on a student lead entrepreneurship team developing an external female urinary device collector for the past year and a half. During this time he competed in the business pitch competitions MWest as well as TCU Values and Ventures national business pitch competition where his team earned 4th place.