Magazine article American Scientist

Meet Your Fellow Companion: Mike Harding

Magazine article American Scientist

Meet Your Fellow Companion: Mike Harding

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Sigma Xi members hailfrom diverse fields ofacademia, government, and industry. Our motto is the Greek "Sboudon Xynones, or "Companions in Zealous Research. " With that thought in mina, each issue in Sigma Xi Today, we like to take a moment to highlight a different "Fellow Companion"-to learn more about their work ana what the honor of induction into Sigma Xi has meant for their career.

We are excited to feature Mike Harding, currently a graduate student at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia, in this issue's Meet Your Fellow Companions Interview Series. Harding came in first place in the engineering division at Sigma Xi's first annual virtual Student Research Showcase in the spring of 2013 for his project, A Novel Total Ankle Replacement Device for Reduction and Compensation of Limb Length Discrepancies. A member of the reactivating chapter at Mercer University, Harding's research covers timely medical engineering topics and brings a unique student perspective on both the coming advancements in his field and the influence of his membership in . Sigma Xi on his future career.

Do you have a particular teacher or professor who inspired your love of science? Why?

Dr. Sinjae Hyun, Professor of computational fluid dynamics in the Dept. of Biomedical Engineering at Mercer University has definitely inspired my research and love of science. His relationships with students develop quickly, thanks to both his interactive teaching and his great ability to listen. Personally, I struggled to adapt to the college workload, as many students do. Dr. Hyun recognized the potential of my work and helped me attain that potential through constructive feedback. His charisma and motivational teaching styles provided a structure for my personal development into the professional and hardworking student that I am today.

Describe the patent and publishing experience-were there any bumps along the way for you?

Intellectual property (IP) has been a tough road to travel for me. I currendy have three patents pending for medical devices, and each of these have been delayed or rejected for various reasons. First, the most timeconsuming part of a patent application is the initial patent search. It is critical to determine if other similar ideas exist and to identify what each inventor claims in a patent. …

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