Publications & Awards

Patents:


Surgical Puncture Access with Preload Lock

Patent Pending

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA


Surgical Puncture Access

US 2013/0035709 A1

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA


Laparoscopic Tissue Retractor

US 2012/0123215 A1

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA



Awards:


2013 Lemelson-MIT $30,000 Student Prize for Invention

Awarded annually to an MIT senior or graduate student who “has created or improved a product or process, applied a technology in a new way, redesigned a system, or in other ways displayed a portfolio of inventiveness”.


International Super Student, Engineering and Technology Magazine, May 2013.


1st Place, Graduate Design, MIT de Florez Mechanical Engineering Award

Puncture Access Mechanism recognized for “Outstanding ingenuity or creative judgement in areas that utilize Mechanical Engineering knowledge or practice”.


2nd Place, Graduate Design, MIT de Florez Mechanical Engineering Award

Novel tissue retractor design recognized for “Outstanding ingenuity or creative judgement in areas that utilize Mechanical Engineering knowledge or practice”.


Pi Tau Sigma Mechanical Engineering Honor Society, MIT Pi Kappa Chapter.


First Place, MIT 2.009 Product Design Course, FireSafe Microwave.


Senior Legacy Award, Chi Phi Beta Chapter

Awarded for “extraordinary contributions to the MIT Fraternity Community”.



Publications:


Audible Frequency Vibration of Puncture-Access Medical Devices

Medical Engineering and Physics, Online January 2014.


Classroom to Clinic: Merging Education and Research to Efficiently Prototype Medical Devices

IEEE Journal of Translational Engineering in Health and Medicine, July 2013, Volume 1.


An Improved Puncture Access Tip-Retraction Mechanism

ASME Journal of Medical Devices, June 2013, Volume 7, Issue 2.


Design and Development of a Novel Puncture Access Device

ASME Journal of Medical Devices, March 2012, Volume 6, Issue 1.


Blind Transmembrane Puncture Access: Design and Development of a Novel Laparoscopic Trocar and Blade Retraction Mechanism

MS Thesis, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Spring 2011


Design and Development of an Improved Tissue Retractor for Use in Minimally Invasive Surgical Procedures.

ASME Journal of Medical Devices, Abstract, June 2011, Volume 5, Issue 2.


Design of an Endoscope Lens Shielding Device for Use in Laparoscopic Procedures.

ASME Journal of Medical Devices, Abstract, June 2010, Volume 4, Issue 2.


Design and Development of a Tissue Retractor for Use in Minimally Invasive Surgical Procedures

SB Thesis, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Spring 2009


Safety Profile of Trocar and Insufflation Needle Access Systems in Laparoscopic Surgery

Journal of the American College of Surgeons 209(2):291-2

New England Section of the American Urological Association, 76th Annual Meeting, Sept. 2007

Childrens Hospital Boston Dept. of Urology, Boston, MA



Press Coverage:


Txnologist.com, Student Medical Device Inventor Inspired by Legos, July 2013.


R&D Magazine, From Legos to Medical Devices, June 2013.


Engineering and Technology Magazine, Super Student: Nikolai Begg, May 2013.


Product Design and Development Magazine, Surgical Products Magazine, MIT Student Inventor Awarded for Innovative Medical Devices, May 2013.


Wired.com, MIT Engineering Student Develops Potentially Life-Saving Device, March 2013.


NBC News, Botch-free Puncturing Device Among Prize-Winning Inventions, March 2013.


CBS Boston, Wellesley Grad Student’s Medical Device Wins Lemelson-MIT Prize, March 2013.


Boston.com, Device to Make Surgery Punctures Safer Earns $30,000 Prize for MIT Student, March 2013.


MIT News, MIT student inventor Nikolai Begg receives Lemelson-MIT Student Prize, March 2013.


Boston Business Journal, Lemelson-MIT 30K Winner aims to invent ‘Cost-Appropriate’ Medical Devices, March 2013.


American Society for Engineering Education Accelerator News, Student Inventors Win Lemelson Prize, March 2013.


Wellesley Townsman, Wellesley native wins 30K award from MIT for Invention, March 2013.



Conferences & Presentations:


A Better Way to Get Punctured

TEDx BeaconStreet

November 16, 2013

Brookline, MA


Curiosity, Fascination, Experience: Invention

Lemelson-MIT EurekaFest

June 20-22, 2013

Cambridge, MA


An Improved Puncture Access Tip-Retraction Mechanism

Proceedings of the 12th Design of Medical Devices Conference

April 9-11, 2013

University of Minneapolis, Minneapolis, Minnesota


Design and Development of a Novel Puncture Access Device

Proceedings of the 11th Design of Medical Devices Conference

April 10-12, 2012

University of Minneapolis, Minneapolis, Minnesota


Design and Development of a Novel Puncture Access Device

Technical Session on Safe Access, University of Minnesota, April 2012.


Design and Development of an Improved Tissue Retractor for Use in Minimally Invasive Surgical Procedures

Proceedings of the 10th Design of Medical Devices Conference

April 12-14, 2011

University of Minneapolis, Minneapolis, Minnesota


Design of an Endoscope Lens Shielding Device for Use in Laparoscopic Procedures

Proceedings of the 9th Design of Medical Devices Conference

April 13-15, 2010

University of Minneapolis, Minneapolis, Minnesota.


Invention Workshop: History and Methodology of Invention

MIT Educational Studies Program Splash! Weekend, November 2009.


Safety Profile of Trocar and Insufflation Needle Access Systems in Laparoscopic Surgery

New England Section of the American Urological Association, 76th Annual Meeting, Sept. 2007.


Comparing the Efficacy of Performing Pyeloplasty Using Open, Conventional and Robotic-Assisted Laparoscopic Techniques In an Animal Model

New England Section of the American Urological Association, 76th Annual Meeting, Sept. 2007

Childrens Hospital Boston Dept. of Urology, Boston, MA


In utero Treatment for Bladder Outlet Obstruction Using Robotic-Assisted Laparoscopic Techniques

American Academy of Pediatrics - Section on Urology - 2007 Annual Meeting

New England Section of the American Urological Association, 76th Annual Meeting, Sept. 2007

Childrens Hospital Boston Dept. of Urology, Boston, MA



Professional Affiliations:


IEEE Engineering in Biology and Medicine Society, Invited Member.


IEEE, Student Member.


ASME, Student Member.