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Consulting and Other Activities

  1. Dr. Madou was the expert witness in the case of Abbott against Epocal.
  2. Dr. Madou attends scientific advisory board meetings of Enevate a start-up company working on higher capacity  Li-Ion batteries based on his C-MEMS work. Other board members of Enevate include the inventor of the Li-ion battery Prof. John Goodenough and Dr. Kim Kinoshita (Carbon expert). Dr. Madou also attends scientific board meetings of iGlyko a glucose sensor company  and RotaPrep. Dr. Madou was a co-founder of all three companies.
  3. Dr. Madou is a consultant for Energizer.
  4. Academic Leader. Since 2008, the Tecnológico de Monterrey has implemented a program called "Academic Leaders", which consists in bringing distinguished professors from all over the world, who are experts in different areas of knowledge, to share their experiences with students, professors and our community. Dr. Madou was an academic leader of the Tecnológico de Monterrey-Campus Guadalajara during the semester of January-May 2011.
  5. Dr. Madou helped start the UCInvent program “To integrate UCI’s strengths in Medicine, Engineering, Law, and Business in order to educate students on the process of biomedical design from an interdisciplinary approach.”
  6. Dr. Madou helped RapidTech (a raid prototyping company) locate on the UCI campus. This has led to many UCI engineering students taking a more vivid interest in making things and getting back into manufacturing.
  7. Dr. Madou’s talk Carbon-Based Microdevices at Pittcon 2011 made the Cover Story of http://pubs.acs.org/cen/coverstory/89/8914cover2.html
  8. Dr. Madou is on the Scientific Advisory Board of KIT, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany.
  9. Dr. Madou is on the Scientific Advisory Board of SUNUM (Sabancı University Nanotechnology Research and Application Center), Turkey.

 

Collaborations Dr. Madou Initiated

  1. Yang Sung (http://wcu.gist.ac.kr/eng/persons/view/professor/49). Ongoing project on novel lysing techniques on a CD.
  2. P. Renaud from EPFL (Switzerland). Two EPFL Master Students have done their Masters Project under Dr. Madou at UCI.
  3. Robert Micthell from UNIST. Ongoing projects on bacteria on a CD.
  4. Invited the Director Volkan Ozguz of the Nanotechnology Research and Application Center at Sabanci University (Turkey)  to UNIST to start a collaboration.
  5. Invited Prof. Fatimah Ibrahim from the University of Malaya to work with the Cho-Madou team at UNIST on CD fluidics (see also below under CAHS awarded to UCI-UNIST student Kameel Abi-Samra.
  6. Dr. Madou started a negotiation with IROST in Iran about a possible exchange of graduate students.

 

Special humanitarian activities (only one example is presented)

Our UCI-UNIST student Mr. Kameel Abi-Samra won a Center for Unconventional Security Affairs (CUSA) award. CUSA's Coalition Advocating Human Security (CAHS) Fellowship program was created in 2005. CAHS fellows advance its mission of promoting research, education, public awareness, and evidence based policy making to address urgent cases of vulnerability linked to global changes that impact the lives of individuals, communities, and nations. His project was:

"Detecting Disease from Saliva with a Low-Cost and Portable Medical Device"


2010 CAHS Fellowship winner Abi-Samra with Malaysian Research Team

Diagnosing disease in the developed world is often not a challenge today because of our constant access to electricity, running water, medical equipment, medical supplies, and abundance of medical professionals. It is the shortage of these assets in impoverished nations that inhibits their ability to diagnose disease at the rate, accuracy, and quantity of the developed world. The World Health Organization (WHO) recognizes infectious diseases as a major obstacle for economic development for impoverished nations. Thus, it is through the development of low-cost, portable, and robust disease diagnostic devices that we can expand access to quality healthcare, save lives, and help transform impoverished nations into developed ones.

 In August 2010, with the aid of a fellowship from CUSA: Coalition Advocating Human Security Fellowship in Human Security, Kameel Abi-Samra had the amazing opportunity to visit the World Health Organization (WHO) Center for Dengue Fever at the University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  The main objective of his visit was to make progress on his project to develop a low-cost and portable diagnostic disease platform for the detection of Dengue Fever from saliva. At the WHO, he made significant contacts with medical doctors and experts who specialize in Dengue Fever detection, management, and treatment. Specifically, he had a series of discussions and meetings that focused on the engineering and medical challenges that must be overcome to enable the development of a portable medical device capable of diagnosing Dengue Fever in low-infrastructure settings. A key achievement of his trip included starting a collaborative project between Dr. Marc Madou’ s BioMEMS laboratory at UC Irvine, and with Dr. Fatimah Ibrahim’s laboratory at the University of Malaya, focused on developing such a diagnostic platform. In addition, he arranged several meetings with researchers at MIMOS, a premier Malaysian technology research center, to discuss some of the options for the miniaturization of the pathogen detection techniques and electronics needed for a final low-cost tool. While this project will take several years of research and funding, he strongly believes that his visit to the WHO in Malaysia helped to bring together many of the key players that are necessary for the realization of such a medical device.

 

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