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Cleveland TTAP Center

Technology Transfer Assistance Program

The Cleveland Technology Transfer Assistance Program (CLE-TTAP) is a group of engineers dedicated to translating VA technologies to the private sector via licensing, or for distribution within the national VA system, through fabricating high-level, functional prototypes, performing design and cost analyses, and constructing technical drawings, bill of materials (BOMs) and design history files (DHFs).  We are based out of the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center, ad partner with Sear's Think[box] at Case Western University, to access their state of the art makers space and fabrication machine shop.  Our goal is to complete 4-6 projects per year to assist the VA Technology Transfer Program (TTP) and VA innovators to further translation of their technologies through product development with considerations for increased manufacturability, including ease of fabrication, decreased weight, simplification of assembly, and reduced cost. 

Projects to Date

Hinged Tub Transfer Chair (patent application 62/937,608)

  • This transfer chair provides safety, privacy, and independence for the user with the ability to close the shower curtain completely to keep all the water inside the tub and no device footprint outside of the tub to save space.
  • Prototype A completed and delivered to inventor Dec 2021.
  • Prototype B completed and shipped to potential licensee for evaluation Mar 2022.
  • Link to TechLink page for this product

Cleaning Cart Sweeping Attachment (patent application 63/003,462)

  • This cleaning tool attaches under a janitor’s cart to pick up dirt and dust off hallways while the janitor pushes the cart through the medical center performing his or her daily tasks.
  • Prototype A completed and delivered to inventor Mar 2022.
  • Link to TechLink page for this product

3 Additional Current Projects Involving:

  • Mechanical design and fabrication
  • Electronics assembly
  • Cost analysis
  • Technical drawings
  • *Due to these projects being in the early stages of the patent process, we cannot post specific information here.


Team
Stephanie Bailey
TTAP Manager

Stephanie Bailey Stephanie Nogan Bailey is the Program Manager for CLE-TTAP. With extensive experience in clinical research for novel rehabilitation technologies and training in device translation and project management, she is passionate about finding healthcare solutions for the challenges Veterans and others with complex health conditions face. She is responsible for overseeing the daily operations of CLE-TTAP, engaging with VA inventors and interacting with VA TTP, and managing CLE-TTAP personnel in all prototype design, fabrication, testing, and quality system documentation. All inquires regarding CLE-TTAP should be addressed to her: stephanie.bailey3@va.gov.


William Rasper
Lead Engineer

William RasperWilliam Rasper is the lead project engineer for the TTAP Center.  He oversees and participates in design and fabrication processes related to TTAP prototypes, as well as assisting in student and co-op management and lab maintenance. He also oversees quality document creation and maintenance of product Design History Files, and participates in VA inventor meetings.

Braden Petno
Mechanical Technician

Braden PetnoBraden Petno is the mechanical technician for the TTAP Center. He is studying mechanical engineering and has experience with a wide variety of computer aided design tools, programming languages, and fabrication techniques.  He works closely with inventors and engineers to implement and develop ideas and processes. He also does extensive work on the design and fabrication of these technologies.

 

Mac Camardo
Engineering Co-op

Mac CamardoMac Camardo is a Mechanical/Biomedical Engineer (Co-Op) for the TTAP Center. His duties include mechanical device design, prototyping and fabrication, Design History File document creation and maintenance, and market research. Outside of work, he is involved in research focusing on the use of wearable sensors. He will be graduating from Case Western Reserve University in the Winter with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and a minor in Biomedical Engineering.

Mechanical Capabilities

  • 3D modeling
  • Prototype design and fabrication including
  • Mill, Lathe, CNC
  • 3D print (Resin or filament)
  • Metal and Wood Fabrication and Modification
  • Weld
  • Waterjet cutting, Laser etching
  • Stress analysis

Electrical Capabilities

  • Circuit design and assembly
  • Cable design and assembly

Quality Management Capabilities

  • Quality system support
  • Risk analysis support
  • Quality system auditing and analysis
  • Available forms for a complete design history file
  • Organized and focused prioritization of projects and tasks