Medical Device Innovations

The Discovery Center, drawing on UW-Stout's polytechnic programs and its proximity to leading clinical organizations and medical device manufacturers, launched a broad Medical Device Innovations initiative in the fall of 2010. To provide focus and sustainability to this initiative, the campus hired Dr. Bertram Ezenwa, Distinguished Scientist, and supporting research assistants. Dr. Ezenwa has a joint appointment between the College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and the UW-Stout Discovery Center. A reviewer for the National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health, Dr. Ezenwa facilitates collaborations among UW-Stout faculty and researchers from leading research institutions. 

Medical Device Development and Biomedical Research

  • Self-sustaining medical device research and development center for UW System based at UW-Stout
  • Dedicated research PhD, post-doctoral, and project management staff
  • Collaboration with WiSys Technology Foundation innovation and technology transfer resources
  • Partnership and joint development programs with consortium of major Wisconsin medical centers
  • Collaborative on-site and/or on-campus research and development with medical device companies
  • Privately and publicly funded development projects

Expanding on the existing medical device development on campus and in regional companies, Dr. Ezenwa and the Discovery Center play a key role in providing strategic focus and expertise to advance UW-Stout's research capacity, provide medical solutions and enhance Wisconsin's economy. 

UW-Stout's Assets


Computer Engineering

  • System, component, process design
  • Microprocessors
  • Data communications and networking
  • Programming

Biomedical Applications

  • Functional/comparative genomics
  • Bioinformatics
  • Medical microbiology
  • Drug discovery
  • Plant sciences
  • Evolutionary biology
  • Food science

Industrial Design


Plastics Engineering

  • Materials characterization
  • Injection molding
  • Extrusion processes
  • Process simulation
  • Experimental design
  • Sustainable design
  • Rapid prototyping

Manufacturing Engineering

  • Thermodynamics
  • Controls and instrumentation
  • Fluid mechanics
  • Robotics


Technology and Business Incubator

Dr. Bertram Ezenwa

Bertram Ezenwa - Distinguished Scientist, UW-Stout Discovery Center/College of STEM

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Student Involvement

The Medical Device Initiative engages the involvement of UW System's WiSys Technology Foundation and Wisconsin Medical Entrepreneurship Foundation, and encourages student involvement. This year's collaborative efforts resulted in:

  • Two UW-Stout student projects being featured at UW System research events
  • Seven technology-based innovations being highlighted at a June 2011 Medical Device Symposium at UW-Stout.