Gannon University Hosts Student Night Sponsored by World Renowned Organization
Posted: November 12, 2015
Davide Piovesan, Ph.D., assistant professor of mechanical
engineering at Gannon University and director of the biomedical
engineering program, will present "Antibiotic Impregnation of Metal
Rod for Treatment of Compound Fractures" on November 12 at 6 p.m.
at Room 104 of Gannon University's Zurn Hall, 143 W. Seventh
The presentation will be part of student night at Gannon
University sponsored by the Northwestern Pennsylvania Chapter of
ASM International, the world's largest association of materials
engineers and scientists.
Piovesan will present research on a concept for an orthopedic
implant designed to be inserted into the central marrow canal of a
bone across a fracture site. The device gives structural support
and maintains proper alignment while the bone heals, allowing
patients to use their extremity much sooner. It also contains
timed-release antibiotics to fight infection and promote healing.
The device is made of tantalum, a metal that can be manufactured in
porous shapes, allowing new, healthy tissue to grow while keeping
the same structural support that a titanium rod would give a
The concept won the top prize and a $2,000 cash award for a team
of Gannon University students in the Second Annual Erie Collegiate
Innovation Showcase in late April. The team, which named the
concept Bio-Conduit, included Kristin Bates, Jordan Felice, William
Hendrix and Taylor Mahle.
"Erie has been one of the most prestigious manufacturing towns
in America," said Piovesan, a native of Venice, Italy. "We hope
that the new materials and manufacturing processes utilized in the
field of biomedical engineering will be a new opportunity to create
new manufacturing businesses and research companies."
Piovesan is a graduate of the University of Padua in Italy. From
2004 to 2008 he was a visiting scholar and post-doctoral fellow at
the Ashton Graybiel Spatial Orientation Lab at Brandeis University.
There, he worked on the effect of microgravity environments on
mechano-biology as part of a NASA extramural funding program. He
joined Northwestern University in 2008, working as a post-doctoral
fellow at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago in the field of
Admission to the event is free, and complimentary pizza and
beverages will be served.