May 23, 2023


I was hoping you may be able to forward this to your department’s students interested in a research and product development opportunity for this coming Summer and school year?

Our research and product development team – DetectIV, is looking to recruit new engineering students (undergraduates and graduates) for this upcoming summer and school year. We work with a team of clinical partners from UW Medicine and Seattle Children’s Hospital along with ECE and ME faculty. The medical device we are developing is focused on detecting IV failure events. With our current traction and funding, we will be doing more advanced prototype development, clinical and validation testing, as well as preparing for larger grants and funding opportunities. In addition, we are exploring an active alarm component which we hope to recruit more ECE students to help lead this along with current ECE faculty we are collaborating with (Josh Smith and Denise Wilson).
Please see the attached document (DetectIV Recruitment Product Development + Research) for more details and feel free to forward this to anyone of interest. Students interested can email me with their interest and resume/CV.
EIH Teaching Assistant
MS ME Student
DetectIV Graduate Lead
In search of undergraduate and graduate students interested in medical device product development Research Objective: IV’s are a popular access device to provide medicines and
nutritional support for over 90% of hospital patients. 250 million IVs are inserted each year in US hospitals with over 50% of these IVs resulting in failures. IV failures can cause
severe and irreversible damage when undetected and untreated. There is a need for an affordable and accessible detection method for IV infiltration. DetectIV’s solution is an
adhesive patch with two mechanisms that provide timely detection for the symptoms of IV infiltration.
Recruitment Objective: DetectIV is looking to recruit engineering students interested in research and product development positions to work with our current engineering and
clinical team. The team’s focus is on developing an inexpensive detection device which monitors for IV infiltration in patients. This would involve working with graduate and
undergraduate student engineers across multidisciplinary departments, clinical partners in neonatology and pediatrics at UW Medicine and Seattle Children’s hospital, engineering
faculty within mechanical and electrical engineering, and product development experts. The team has acquired ~$200K in funding and have developed a working product that is
in route to be commercialized.
Current Work: The team is furthering product development design, manufacturability, and creating an active alarm component. The primary responsibilities for this role is to work on prototype advancements, validation testing in bench models, and complete grant milestones to support the existing team’s work. This will entail a deep involvement throughout
the entire product development process, from design to implementation. Opportunities in joining this role may include research credit, grant funding for graduate students, filing for a patent, collaborations with product development firms, clinical trial testing, and potential licensures with external organizations/companies.
The following are required for the role of a research engineer:
  • The applicant should be pursuing a B.S. or M.S. in mechanical, electrical, bio-, materials science, or chemical engineering, or related discipline at the University of Washington.
  • The applicant should plan to commit 5-12 hours of work per week towards their duties.
  • The applicant should possess strong technical writing and organizational skills, and ability to work with fellow engineers, clinical partners, and business experts.
  • Start in Summer 2023 and continue into 2023-2024 school year.
The following are NOT required to apply to the role, but would be advantageous given the fact that it will be necessary to learn them later on:
  • Experience in early prototype development, design iteration, regulatory, and manufacturing
  • A basic understanding of peripheral intravenous systems and in-expensive methods that will measure strain, pressure, and fluid amounts
  • If you are interested in the position, please submit a resume and interest inquiry to with the subject DetectIV interest.