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Dr. Brent Nowak, Ph.D.

Dr. Brent Nowak

Executive Director

Dr. Nowak is the founding Executive Director of the applied Medical Device Institute (aMDI).  aMDI is a non-academic unit of the College of Engineering and Computing that provides doctoral-level, multi-disciplinary engineering analysis, design, fabrication, and testing of emerging medical devices and science at the pace of industry, while serving a broad range of clients from the healthcare to medical device manufacturing industries.  His current research focus is in sensing and control of adaptive systems as applied to medical devices.  His work in medical devices has led to over a dozen patent/patent pending, as well as copy-written code in heuristic, adaptive control algorithms.  several of these developments are in active licensing negotiations, resulting in the incubation of a new medical device company, SynOsteo, Inc (OrthoForge).  Dr. Nowak is the founder and a technical consultant of OrthoForge. His career has been a balance between academia and industry, as Dr. Nowak proudly works in the “applied” research domain where nearly 90% of his work today is in industrial, military, or commercial use.  


Kevin Weaver, MSE

Kevin Weaver

Engineer

Kevin Weaver is a graduate of the Grand Valley Padnos School of Engineering. Graduated in 2016 underneath Dr. Brent Nowak, he completed his degree in the development of signal analysis and processing tools. He began to work at aMDI shortly afterwards, taking on the responsibilities of organizing the lab space, managing the working hours of other new hires, set-up and maintenance of the website, and principle engineer for several ongoing projects.

Kevin Weaver has experience in several areas of industry as well as academia. Underneath Dr. Tao Yang of Van Andel Research Institute, Kevin was the principle engineer of operations for the force transducer in the bone and tumor metastasis lab. He was the lead of operations in the use of the micro-CT machine, using the data gathered to perform engineering calculations on mice bones. These calculations predicted the mechanical properties of various mice line bones, showing phenotypical changes in mice brought on by genetic alterations.


Janis Coleman-Plouff

Janis Coleman-Plouff

Administrative Assistant

Janis has more than 10 years of project management, office management, event coordination, customer service and clerical experience in higher education and corporate environments.  She has supported executive offices and faculty leadership groups at several universities, including Grand Valley State University, Michigan Technological University, and Northern Michigan University. Coleman-Plouff has also had project management, data analyst, and customer support roles at industrial and for-profit organizations including Attwood Corporation, Farmers Insurance, and Quality Resource Group.