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MIT student inventor Nikolai Begg receives Lemelson-MIT Student Prize
Date:3/5/2013

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (March 5, 2013) Nikolai Begg grew up in a box of LEGO bricks and hasn't stopped tinkering since. Today he is an accomplished inventor with a portfolio of novel medical devices. Begg is the recipient of the prestigious $30,000 Lemelson-MIT Student Prize for his inventions that are making surgical procedures less invasive. He is honored alongside the 2013 $30,000 Lemelson-MIT Collegiate Student Prize winners from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Begg, a PhD candidate in the department of Mechanical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), first became interested in medical device engineering during junior high school after studying surgical robots and realizing their profound impact on human health. Today he works with doctors and nurses across medical disciplines in hospitals throughout Boston, to better understand how he can have a positive influence on medicine.

"Nikolai has a true appreciation for the importance of living a problem," said Alexander Slocum, Begg's advisor and Pappalardo Professor of Mechanical Engineering at MIT. "In a field where the end user is often difficult to reach, Nikolai is frequently invited into operating rooms after exciting a passion in physicians who can see that he is motivated only by the opportunity to create something that will transform the way they work."

A New "Gold-Standard" of Safety in Surgical Procedures

Epidurals, intravenous catheter placements and bone marrow biopsies are all examples of "puncture access procedures" in which a sharply-pointed instrument, the puncture device, is used to create a pathway into the patient's body. Despite puncture access being the first step in many minimally-invasive procedures like laparoscopic surgeries, existing devices often plunge forward after breaking through tissue until the surgeon can react and stop applying force, posing a risk to any un
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