Break and Make

Designing a Self-Adjusted Automated Linear Distractor


Member profile details

Membership level
2011-2012 Team
Contact Last Name
Break and Make
Team Name
Break and Make
Project Thumbnail Image
Project Title
Designing a Self-Adjusted Automated Linear Distractor
Design Challenge
Currently, there are many children affected by bone deformity due to infection, trauma or congenital causes. In order to address this medical condition, a treatment called distraction osteogenesis implements a device called a linear distractor to slowly separate bone after it has been surgically broken. While the device succeeds in regenerating bone between broken ends, the process is currently very error prone.

Our challenge is to develop an automated linear distractor that can facilitate the process of bone growth for the patients, and thus save them both time and money.
Chuck and Sharon Fox
  • Bioengineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
Faculty Advisor 1 - Name
Marcia O'Malley
Faculty Advisor 2 - Name
Dr. Gloria Gogola
Award(s) and Recognition
People's Choice Award, 2012 Rice Student STEM Research Symposium
Poster Link
Contact us

Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen - Rice University

6100 Main Street MS 390 | Houston, Texas | 77005

Phone: 713.348.OEDK

Email: oedk@

  Industry Partners