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Megan Kamachi.

Master of Applied Science in Biomedical/Mechanical Engineering.

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Megan Kamachi

MASc Biomedical Engineering.

Engineer in Training.

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About Me

As a highly-motivated team player and recent MASc graduate, I have both the technical skill set and professional background to excel in a fast-paced work environment. I am looking to leverage my communication, creativity, and problem solving skills to build a dynamic career with a focus on improving the quality of life for others. My areas of interest are engineering biomechanics, R&D, product development, human factors, and medical devices. Browse my site to see what I have to offer.

 
 

Education

2017 – 2019

Master of Applied Science - Biomedical/Mechanical Engineering

University of Toronto / Toronto Rehab Institute

Thesis: Training Caregivers to Reduce Spine Flexion Using Biofeedback

Toronto, ON

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2012 – 2017

Bachelor of Engineering; Biomedical (Co-op) with a certificate in Business

University of Guelph

Guelph, ON

2008 – 2012

Ontario High School Diploma

Bracebridge and Muskoka Lakes Secondary School

Bracebridge, ON

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Technical Skills

  • SolidWorks (CSWP)

  • MATLAB

  • Electromechanical Prototyping

  • Programming - Python, R

  • MS Office - Word, Powerpoint, Excel

  • Experimental Methods in Human Factors and Ergonomics

  • Adobe Photoshop

  • Adobe Premiere Elements

  • Vicon Motion Capture

  • Biomechanical Data Collection - EMG, force plate, goniometer, IMU sensors

 

Research & Work Experience

Technical Research Assistant (including and continuing my master's work)

  • Prototyped a low-cost wearable device, PostureCoach Lite, with mechanical and electrical components to monitor low-back posture and notify the user when they are at risk of injury

 

  • Currently iterating through the design process to implement user feedback on the advanced version of PostureCoach that uses IMU sensors wireless technology to upgrade the user experience

 

  • Determined the long-term effectiveness of biofeedback on retention of safe lifting postures during caregiving activities by collecting postural data from 20 participants during four sessions involving simulated care tasks; the data was processed using MATLAB and statistically analyzed in R and JASP

2017 - present

 

University of Toronto /

KITE; Toronto Rehab Institute

Toronto, ON

Research Assistant – Summer Student

  • Created a back-injury prevention video to supplement PSW employee training program using Adobe Premiere Elements software; the goal of the video was to teach five key lessons about decreasing risk of back injuries

  • Designed a data collection device to measure foot clearance (minimum height a person’s foot clears the ground in swing phase while walking) on outdoor walkways using SolidWorks

  • Collected data with foot clearance measurement device in pilot study to be compared with 3D motion capture data to validate and in the future will be used to inform walkway maintenance guidelines 

2017

 

Toronto Rehab Institute

Toronto, ON

Teaching Assistant

  • Led tutorial sessions of 35 first-year engineering students in Calculus for Engineers I and II, and 40 second-year industrial engineering students in Differential and Difference Equations course

  • Facilitated group learning, marked weekly quizzes and projects; received positive feedback from students and professor

2017 - 2018

 

University of Toronto -

Mathematics Department

(MAT186, MAT321)

Toronto, ON

Biomechanics Research Assistant

  • Assisted in the design and validation of a smart wrist brace to assess and prevent carpal tunnel syndrome - gained hands-on experience with electric circuit design, EMG sensors and Vicon Motion Capture

  • Compared types of force sensitive resistors by evaluating sensitivity, linearity, hysteresis, and creep

2016

 

University of Guelph -

School of Engineering

Guelph, ON

SolidWorks Applications Specialist

  • Completed SolidWorks Associate and SolidWorks Professional Certification

  • Promoted to tech team mentor for new employees within four months of start date and became the company-wide go-to person for all tech support needs because of my interpersonal skills and high awareness of on-going customer transactions, co-worker status, and training calendar updates and equipment​

  • Provided first-class customer service to up to 12 engineering designers per day from a broad spectrum of companies seeking technical support for SolidWorks - managed all incoming calls/emails

2015

 

CAD MicroSolutions

Etobicoke, ON

Hands-on Projects

Engineering Biomechanics – Studied the effects of fatigue and experience level on consistency of a foul shot using Vicon Motion Capture
Human Factors Engineering – Performed a task analysis, redesign, and evaluation of foot stops for rowing shells
Engineering and Design IV – Development of a joystick controlled toy car for children with mobile disabilities

Bio-Instrumentation Design – Created a wearable device to replace a splint after a flexor tendon operation of the forearm

Bio-Mechanical Design – Designed and prototyped a piece of equipment to assist less-abled individuals stand up after using the toilet

*please see my portfolio for more details

 

Awards

  • One of three students in Canada to receive the AGE-WELL Master’s Student Award in Technology and Aging for my innovative design of the PostureCoach Lite device and research on back-injury prevention (2018)

  • People’s Choice Award recipient at Toronto Rehab Institute Research Day for my oral presentation on PostureCoach and its benefits to a non-technical audience (2019)

  • Graduated from the University of Guelph with distinction – five years on Dean’s Honour Roll (2017)

  • Awarded the College of Physical & Engineering Sciences Leadership Scholarship for my significant contributions to enhancing and promoting engineering through volunteer, leadership, and community involvement (2016)

  • Recipient of the College of Physical & Engineering Sciences Dean’s Scholarship awarded to students who have accomplished outstanding academic achievement (2013)

  • KVR Leadership Award (UofT Rowing) recipient for consistently taking initiative and leading by example (2017)

  • Five-time OUA Student-Athlete Academic Honour Award Recipient (2014 – 2017)

  • Two-time medallist at Ontario University Athletics (OUA) Championships – Rowing (2017, 2015)

Volunteer Positions

Women's Team Captain - Varsity Blues Rowing Team

  • Work closely with coaching staff to foster a team environment that is constructive, supportive, and familial, and facilitate weekly team meetings to communicate updates, expectations and other information regarding events, regattas, and team on-goings​​

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  • Represent the team at university-wide Varsity Board meetings where representatives from each varsity team work together to build and maintain the student-athlete experience to the highest standards

2018 - 2019

University of Toronto

Toronto, ON

Director of Social Media - Biomedical Engineering Student Association

  • Managed social media accounts – Instagram, Snap Chat, Twitter, Facebook – for the graduate student group to ensure members within the group are aware of ongoing events and promote the student group to supporters through event highlights and student profiles

2017 - 2019

University of Toronto

Toronto, ON

Director of Communication - Guelph Gryphons Rowing Team

  • Managed social media accounts – Instagram, Twitter, Facebook – by regularly posting pictures and videos to publicize team achievements, community involvement and upcoming competitions and regattas

  • Acted as the communication bridge between the rowing team and the University Athletics department, therefore responsible for writing post-regatta articles to be published on the website, assisting in OUA Athlete “watch-list” reports and organization of team promotion days

2016 - 2017

University of Guelph

Guelph, ON

Engineering Peer Helper

  • Established a new Facilitated Engineering Problem Solving program for Engineering Systems Analysis for second year students and initiated the development of a workshop series to support UoG engineers by providing the opportunity to build personal and technical skills

  • Facilitated group problem solving sessions (8-10 students) to ensure fundamental concept knowledge and understanding of Engineering Mechanics material

2013 - 2015

University of Guelph

Guelph, ON

Orthotist Assistant

  • Assisted in making custom foot orthoses by mixing plaster and filling casts and shaping Custom Rigid A.F.O.s using orthotist specific tools with precision and accuracy

2014

Algonquin Orthopaedics

Huntsville, ON

Interests

Hiking, Cycling, Rowing, Travelling, Ultimate Frisbee, Cottage-ing, Videography