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Biomedical Engineer

Harwinton, CT
October 24, 2018

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Elisa Zygiel

** ********** *****, *********, ** 06791 860-***-****

Biomedical Engineer

Education & Certifications

oUniversity of Hartford – Hartford, CT B.S. Biomedical Engineering May 2018

oCumulative GPA: 3.32 In Major GPA: 3.52

oRelevant Coursework: Biomechanics, Biofluids, Biomedical Engineering Research and Practicum, Bioinstrumentation, Mechatronics, Circuits and Electronics

oProfessional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) Registered Instructor Certification August 2016

Technical Skills

Experience with programming languages and design software including:




Arduino IDE



Professional Experience


o5/2018 to 8/2018 NASA Space Grant Consortium West Hartford, CT

oIntegrated Solutions Laboratory Experience – Observed students at The University of Saint Joseph’s Gengras Center to identify a skill that could be made simpler with an engineered solution. Worked with an interdisciplinary team of students to develop and create an IOS app that scanned a QR code and brought the user to our webpage for that particular task analysis, which allowed for users to view with different audio and visual assistance.

o1/2018 to 5/2018 UCONN Health Center Biodynamics Institute Farmington, CT

oResearched and developed a device including a galvanic skin response sensor and an accelerometer in order to measure heart rate and daily activity level of the subjects. This device was used in the study to assess the effect of amount of daily activity on the subject’s sleep quantity and quality. Results were reviewed and presented in a journal article.

o5/2017 to 7/2017 Hanger Prosthetics and Orthotics Torrington, CT

oAssisted clinicians with appointments and maintaining inventory. Assisted with casting and imaging procedures for prosthetics and orthotics and learning the different uses and fitting procedures of all types of prosthetic and orthotic devices.

Design Projects

o9/2017 to 5/2018 University of Hartford West Hartford, CT

oSenior Design Project: Designed and built a video game system that is controlled solely by head and upper trunk movements with the use of a headband as the controller. The game integrates with an upper body support system for fun and beneficial at-home rehabilitation of children with lower functioning forms of Cerebral Palsy. A tilt sensor on the head is used for control of the games and a tilt sensor on the upper trunk is used for postural control. It only allows the user to play while they remain in correct upright posture. Multiple multi-level games were created for the users to play using the system.

o1/2017 to 5/2017 University of Hartford West Hartford, CT

oSophomore Design Project: A guide cane with ultrasound sensors on either side was developed to improve the level of awareness that a visually impaired person has with their immediate surroundings and local area, to alert them of nearby obstacles and to allow for close range navigation. The sensors communicated with an Arduino in the upper housing on the cane, which then emitted different tones through a small speaker depending on the distance that the guide cane was from an object.

Retail Team Member

o7/2017 to 5/2018 Tractor Supply Company Farmington, CT

oDaily tasks included operation of cash registers, recovery of merchandise, restocking of merchandise, assembly of store displays, operation of forklift, propane dispensing, and general sales assistance.

Therapeutic Riding Instructor and Assistant Equine Manager

o3/2014 to 4/2017 Shepard Meadows Therapeutic Riding Center Bristol, CT

Taught therapeutic riding lessons by managing a team of equines, leaders, sidewalkers and students to create a compassionate, educational and safe environment.

Assisted with physical, mental and emotional healthcare of the herd including: record keeping, herd management and screening prospective horses, pairing students with proper equines and volunteers, scheduling and providing exercise, routine and emergency healthcare, and creating a balanced atmosphere.

Developed volunteer training classes, taught them and tracked the progress of 150 volunteers.

Assisted with the PATH Accreditation process and keeping up to safety standards.

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