Student NameStephanie Weber
Faculty Mentor NameHitomi Greenslet
CollegeCollege of Engineering
MajorMechanical Engineering
Research InterestsNontraditional manufacturing methods, hands-on product development, robotics/controls
Academic AwardsDean's List: Fall 2016, Spring 2017, Fall 2017
OrganizationsUniversity of Florida Women's Crew
Hobbies and InterestsSkiing, traveling, cooking, and reading

Research Project

Interaction Between Needle Surfaces and Tissues During Biopsy Collection

The research project aims to determine the degree to which needle polishing positively affects biopsy success rates in tissue extraction for breast cancer diagnosis. Once the needle internal/external polishing process has been optimized, testing will be carried out on a variety of samples meant to replicate the behavior of human tissue during biopsy procedures. Eventually, the optimization of the needle insertion process will lead to the development of a portable biopsy sample collector which aims to implement the polished needle technology in a practical and mobile application of the needle insertion.