Uniting Engineering and Medicine: Improving Clinical Competence through Surgical Simulation


Prof. Scarlett Miller


Pennsylvania State University


Friday, February 24, 2023 at 11:00:00 AM   


GTMI Building, Room 114


Anna Erickson


Engineering and Medicine. Two fields that often feel disparate but at the root are both geared at improving life through the application of science, technology, and innovation. These two disciplines have the shared goal of advancing technology and improving health. This talk will highlight over a decade of research at the intersection of industrial engineering, mechanical engineering, human-computer interaction, and medicine. Specifically, it will outline how a team engineers and medical professionals are transforming the way that we prepare and assess clinical competence of medical residents through advances in surgical simulators. We will discuss the design, evaluation, and deployment of two patented technologies and two patent-pending. The talk will end with a look into the future of medical education.


Scarlett Miller is a Professor of Engineering Design and Industrial Engineering and is the Director of Center for Research in Design and Innovation at Penn State. She also holds graduate appointments in Mechanical Engineering, Information Sciences, and Surgery. She is also a selected fellow of the ELATES at Drexel National Executive Leadership program. Professor Miller's research interests are at the intersection of engineering design, cognition, robotics, and simulation technology. She is on the executive board of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and an associate editor of the Journal of Mechanical Design. Professor Miller has been recognized for her research in several ways including an NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award and the James F. Will Career Development Professorship. More information about Dr. Miller and her research group the britelab can be found at