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Melanie Watson

Dr. Melanie G. Watson


MelanieWatson

Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Office: Glaske O118
Phone: 903-233-3938
Fax: 903-233-3901
Email: MelanieWatson@letu.edu

Education:

  • Ph.D. Louisiana Tech University 2010
  • M.S.E. Louisiana Tech University 2008
  • B.S. BME Louisiana Tech University 2004

Current Research Interests:

  • Biofluid Mechanics:
    • Platelet Adhesion Studies
      • Surface Morphology Characteristics
      • Activator/Inhibitor Effects
      • Shear Stress Effects
    • Cancer Metastasis:
      • Platelet/Tumor Cell Interactions
      • Surface Morphology Characteristics
  • Bionanotechnology:
    • Layer-by-Layer Self Assembly Techniques
    • Protein-Coated Biointerfaces
    • Surface Morphology Characteristics
  • Engineering Education:
    • Biomedical Engineering
      • Project-driven Learning Style Integration
      • Undergraduate Research Studies
    • Multidisciplinary freshman engineering
      • Retention Studies
      • Understanding Cognitive Approaches to Project-driven Learning Style
    • Graduate Student Dissemination Skills Training and Mentoring
      • Generate Strategies for Training and Mentoring Grad Students
      • Cognitive/Metacognitive Development during Teaching Phases
    • Learning Disabilities Research
      • Retention Studies
      • Improve Conditions for STEM Students with Learning Disabilities
    • Online Homework Delivery Tools

Active Grants:

  • NSF TUES Type 1, “Open-source Problems for Engineering Studies (OPES): Making the WeB WorK,” (2012), Katie Evans, principal investigator; Melanie G. Watson, co-principal investigator, FUNDED: July 1, 2013-June 30, 2016 – $249,990/3yrs – Award No. 1244833

Publications:

  • Juan M. Lopez*, Melanie G. Watson*, Mihaela Paun, Steven A. Jones: “Improving Layer-by-Layer Self-assembly Nanosurfaces in Platelet Staining Applications with Dynamic Processing: d-LbL”, Annals of Biomedical Engineering (Submitted) *These authors contributed equally.
  • Melanie G. Watson*, Juan M. Lopez*, Mihaela Paun, Steven A. Jones: “A Novel Dynamic Layer-by-Layer Assembled Nano-Scale Biointerface: Functionality Tests with Platelet Adhesion and Aggregation Morphology Influenced by Adenosine Diphosphate”, Journal of Thrombosis and Thrombolysis, Vol. 35, Num. 3, DOI: 10.1007/s11239-013-0905-0 (2013)
  • Melanie G. Watson, Krystal S. Corbett, C. Kyle Prather, Dr. Jenna P. Carpenter, Dr. Michael Swanbom, Dr. David E. Hall: “Fostering Dissemination Skills in STEM Doctoral Students: Tips for the Ph.D. Student and the General Impact on STEM Undergraduates”, ASEE National Conference Proceeding: New Engineering Educators Division, Louisville, KY (2010)
  • Melanie G. Watson, Juan M. Lopez, Dr. Steven A. Jones: “Promoting and Fostering Undergraduate Research Interests with Nanotechnology,” ASEE Regional Conference Proceeding: Gulf Southwest, McNeese State University, Lake Charles, LA (2010)
  • Krystal S. Corbett, Melanie G. Watson, C. Kyle Prather, Dr. Michael Swanbom, Dr. David E. Hall: “Mentoring and Training of Ph.D. Students in the STEM Academic Enterprise: Tips for Doctoral Students and the Overall Effects on STEM Students”, ASEE Regional Conference Proceeding: Gulf Southwest, McNeese State University, Lake Charles, LA (2010)

Student Posters:

  • Patrick Lammert, Abby Genet, Zach Steege, Alex Rhyner, Jamie Malinaric, Lucas Galey, Dr. Melanie G. Watson: Study of Platelet Adhesion using the Novel Dynamic Layer-By-Layer Biointerface Construction: Biomedical Engineering Society Conference (BMES), Seattle, WA (2013) (Submitted)
  • Alex Rhyner, Jamie Malinaric, Lucas Galey, Patrick Lammert, Abby Genet, Zach Steege, Dr. Juan M. Lopez, Dr. Melanie G. Watson: Effect of Calcium Chloride in Platelet-Rich-Plasma on Platelet Aggregation via Biointerfaces: Biomedical Engineering Society Conference (BMES), Seattle, WA (2013) (Submitted)

Current Internships Offered to Students:

  • Clinical Engineering Internships offered through Good Shepherd Medical Center (JCAHO - Accredited)
  • Prosthetics-Orthotics Internships offered through East Texas Prosthetic Orthotic Care (American Board of Certification in Orthotics & Prosthetics - Accredited)

Service Activities:

  • Continuous Improvement Committee (CIC) – Interim Chair (2013-present), LeTourneau University
  • Society of Women Engineers (SWE) – Faculty Advisor (2012-present): Local Student Chapter, LeTourneau University
  • Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) – Faculty Advisor (2012-present): Local Student Chapter, LeTourneau University
  • ASEE Annual Conference – Multidisciplinary Engineering Division (2011-present) – Manuscript Peer Reviewer
  • ASEE Annual Conference – First Year Programs Division (2011-present) – Manuscript Peer Reviewer
  • Thrombosis Research (2011-present) – Manuscript Peer Reviewer

Courses Teaching/Taught:

At LeTourneau University:

  • Introduction to Biomechanics
  • Biomechanics I
  • Biomechanics II: Biotransport
  • Introduction to Engineering Practice II
  • Biomedical Engineering Junior Research I & II
  • Senior Design I & II
  • Cornerstones
  • Special Topics Course: Biomedical Engineering Internship

At Louisiana Tech University:

  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Engineering Problem Solving I
  • Engineering Problem Solving II
  • Introduction to Clinical Engineering
  • Teacher Institute in Science
  • University Seminar
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