Nicholas Chaump

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Electrical Engineering
Class of 2018

Note: After graduation, Chaump went on to work at Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory.

NASA MARTI Internship, Summer 2016

Located at the Ames Research Center in Sunnyvale, California, NASA’s Multidisciplinary Aeronautics Research Team Initiative (MARTI) offers students an opportunity to immerse themselves in the aeronautics, or aerospace enterprise. MARTI helps prepare young professionals for employment by providing direct science and engineering experiences with an awareness of the complex managerial, political, financial, social, and human issues faced by current and future aerospace programs. They receive training in integrated systems research, project management, leadership, teamwork, and multidisciplinary collaboration. Students work as a team on a multifaceted problem as guided by professional scientists and engineers.

Honors Program Thesis:  Medical Devices: Methods and Applications
Faculty Advisor:  Dr. Christine Zakewski

In a world where technology is exponentially growing, advancements in medical technology are making drug delivery more robust and efficient. Drugs may be administered across the skin either passively or non-passively depending on the chemical structure of the molecule. Traditionally, drugs like insulin cannot be administered passively through the skin due to the size of the insulin molecules themselves, making the most accessible method of insulin delivery injection by needle. This has lead researchers to investigate less invasive forms of drug delivery for drugs like insulin. This paper will investigate the applications of alternating current (AC) transdermal iontophoresis, a non-invasive delivery method of ionic compounds through the skin by the application of an external electric field.