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Muthu B Wijesundara

Bioengineering
Last Updated: October 28, 2021
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Education

Education

    • Unknown Array

Appointments

Appointments

    • June 2012 to Present Principal Research Scientist, Division Head
      The University of Texas at Arlington Research Institute (UTARI), The University of Texas at Arlington (Arlington, TX, United States)
      My current research interest is in technology related to tissue regeneration and wound healing, rehabilitation robotics, and human-machine interfacing. The work on tissue regeneration and wound healing focuses on negative pressure wound therapy devices for the hand to promote faster healing and compliant tissue growth. With relation to rehabilitation robotics, I am working on soft-robotic exoskeletons for applying motion therapy to aid recovery from physical and neurological injures and conditions. My research on human-machine interfacing techniques targets prevention of deep tissue pressure injures and skin conditions (pressure ulcers) due to mobility and sensation deficiencies, diabetic foot ulcers due to diabetic neuropathy, and skin and soft-tissue injuries due to prosthetic use.
    • Jan 2010 to May 2012 Faculty Associate
      Automation and Robotic Research Institute, The University of Texas at Arlington (Arlington, TX, United States)
      Developed Sensors and negative pressure wound dressings

    • Mar 2008 to Dec 2009 Process Engineering Manager
      Center for Nano-MicroManufacturing , The University of California at Davis (Davis, CA, United States)
      Developed and managed micro and nano device manufacturing processes
    • Apr 2003 to Mar 2008 Research Specialist
      The Berkeley Sensor & Actuator Center (BSAC) , The University of California, Berkeley (Berkeley, CA, United States)
      Developed harsh environment (High Temperature, High-G shock, High Pressure) compatible microsystems using silicon carbide as the primary material. The work focused on materials, manufacturing, and device development.

Support & Funding

Support & Funding

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    • June 2020 to May 2022 Pressure Alternating Shoes for Prevention of Diabetic Foot Ulcers sponsored by  -  $190027
      Muthu Wijesundara (Funded)
    • June 2019 to May 2022 Clinical Trial of ReHeal Negative-Pressure Wound Therapy Glove sponsored by  -  $498968
      Muthu Wijesundara (Funded)
    • Feb 2019 to Jan 2020 Motion Assisted Hand Exoskeleton with Virtual Reality (MAVHEXO) for Post-stroke Rehabilitation sponsored by  -  $83637
      Muthu Wijesundara (Funded)
    • Aug 2016 to Jan 2021 CLOSED-LOOP BLOOD PRESSURE CONTROL BY NEURAL STIMULATION FOR CARDIAC CARE ENVIRONMENT sponsored by  -  $440669
      (Funded)
    • Sept 2016 to Dec 2019 Soft-Robotic Glove for Cerebral Palsy Hand Rehabilitation (REHAB sponsored by  -  $169846
      Muthu Wijesundara (Funded)
    • Jan 2016 to June 2017 In-vivo Functional Muscle Regeneration Utilizing an Implantable Modular Bioreactor sponsored by  -  $58702
      Muthu Wijesundara (Funded)
    • Feb 2018 to Nov 2019 REU Supplement: Soft-Robotic Glove for Cerebral Palsy Hand Rehabilitation (REHAB Glove) sponsored by  -  $8000
      Muthu Wijesundara (Funded)
    • Oct 2017 to Oct 2018 Manufacturing of a Negative Pressure Wound Therapy Dressing for Hand Wounds: ReHeal Glove sponsored by  -  $227477
      Muthu Wijesundara (Funded)
    • Sept 2015 to Sept 2018 Automated Seat for Pressure Ulcer Prevention Using Real-time Mapping, Offloading, and Redistribution of Interface Pressure sponsored by  -  $741767
      Muthu Wijesundara (Funded)
    • June 2015 to May 2017 Bioengineered Smart-Glove for Regenerative Healing of Extermity Trauma (REHEAL Glove) sponsored by  -  $74911
      Muthu Wijesundara (Funded)
    • Sept 2014 to Sept 2018 Smart Sensing and Dynamic Fitting for Enhanced Comfort and Performance of Prosthetics sponsored by  -  $744300
      (Funded)
    • May 2014 to Apr 2018 AFIRMII: Biodome for Canine Studies sponsored by  -  $28095
      Muthu Wijesundara (Funded)
    • Jan 2014 to Dec 2014 AFIRM II: In-Vivo Functional Muscle Regeneration Utilizing an Implatable Modular Bioreactor sponsored by  -  $84293
      Muthu Wijesundara (Funded)
    • Jan 2014 to Apr 2014 Miniaturization of Aural Stimulation Device sponsored by  -  $9047
      Muthu Wijesundara (Funded)
    • Oct 2012 to Sept 2016 NRI: SMALL : Milti-Modal Skin and Garments for Healthcare and Home Robots sponsored by  -  $1349770
      (Funded)
    • July 2013 to July 2014 Biodigit: Device for Tissue Regeneration ( Muscle, Missing Digits and Limbs) sponsored by  -  $53635
      Muthu Wijesundara (Funded)

Publications


      2011
      • Book
        Silicon Carbide Microsystems for Harsh Environments
        No
        [Wijesundara, MuthuB.J., Azevedo, RobertG].

      2021
      2019
      • Conference Proceeding
        Soft Robotic Bilateral Hand Rehabilitation System or Fine Motor Learning
        International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics ICORR
        [Haghshenas-Jaryani, Mahdi, Pande, Charu, Wijesundara, Muthu B. J.]. 337-342.
      • Conference Proceeding
        Interconnected Fluid-Filled Cells Design for Reduction of Linear Acceleration and Force Transfer to Prevent Concussion
        Volume 3: Biomedical and Biotechnology Engineering
        [Lindsay, AlexandraR., Chaudhary, Usamah, Terry, TaylorN., Haghshenas-Jaryani, Mahdi, Wijesundara, MuthuB.]. "American Society of Mechanical Engineers". DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1115/imece2019-10675
        http://dx.doi.org/10.1115/imece2019-10675

      2018
      • Conference Proceeding
        CONTROL IMPLEMENTATION FOR REAL-TIME PRESSURE ADJUSTING SEAT CUSHION TO PREVENT PRESSURE ULCERS
        [Nuthi, Pavan, Carrigan, Wei, Pande, Charu, Wijesundara, Muthu B. J.].

      2017
      • Conference Proceeding
        A PRESSURE MODULATING SENSORIZED SOFT ACTUATOR ARRAY FOR PRESSURE ULCER PREVENTION
        Proceedings of the ASME Design Engineering Technical Conferences
        [Carrigan, Wei, Nuthi, Pavan, Pande, Charu, Nothnagle, CalebP., Wijesundara, Muthu B. J.].
      • Conference Proceeding
        SOFT ROBOTIC REHABILITATION EXOSKELETON (REHAB GLOVE) FOR HAND THERAPY
        Proceedings of the ASME Design Engineering Technical Conferences
        [Haghshenas-Jaryani, Mandi, Nothnagle, Caleb, Patterson, RitaM., Bugnariu, Nicoleta, Wijesundara, Muthu B. J.].
      • Conference Proceeding
        TORQUE CHARACTERIZATION OF A NOVEL PNEUMATIC SOFT-AND-RIGID HYBRID ACTUATOR
        [Haghshenas-Jaryani, Mandi, Manvar, Maulik, Wijesundara, Muthu B. J.].

      2016
      • Conference Proceeding
        A flexible microchannel electrode array for peripheral nerves to interface with neural prosthetics
        Proceedings of SPIE
        [Landrith, Ryan, Nothnagle, Caleb, Kim, Young-tae, Wijesundara, Muthu B. J.]. 9859, DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/12.2228906
      • Conference Proceeding
        ANSYS SIMULATION OF IMPACT REDUCTION WITH FLUID-FILLED INTERCONNECTED BUBBLE ARRAYS
        [Kumar, Rajeev, Carrigan, Wei, Dennis, BrianH., Yang, Bo, Wijesundara, Muthu B. J.].
      • Conference Proceeding
        DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT OF A NOVEL SOFT-AND-RIGID HYBRID ACTUATOR SYSTEM FOR ROBOTIC APPLICATIONS
        [Haghshenas-Jaryani, Mandi, Carrigan, Wei, Wijesundara, Muthu B. J.].
      • Conference Proceeding
        Introduction
        Proceedings of SPIE
        [Popa, Dan, Wijesundara, Muthu B. J.]. 9859,
      • Conference Proceeding
        KINEMATIC STUDY OF A SOFT-AND-RIGID ROBOTIC DIGIT FOR REHABILITATION AND ASSISTIVE APPLICATIONS
        [Haghshenas-Jaryani, Mahdi, Carrigan, Wei, Wijesundara, Muthu B. J., Patterson, RitaM., Bugnariu, Nicoleta, Niacaris, Timothy].
      • Conference Proceeding
        Piezoresistive Pressure Sensor Array for Robotic Skin
        Proceedings of SPIE
        [Mirza, Fahad, Sahasrabuddhe, RitvijR., Baptist, JoshuaR., Wijesundara, Muthu B. J., Lee, WooH., Popa, DanO.]. 9859, DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/12.2225411
      • Conference Proceeding
        Pneumatic Actuator Inserts for Interface Pressure Mapping and Fit Improvement in Lower Extremity Prosthetics
        Proceedings of the IEEE RAS-EMBS International Conference on Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics
        [Carrigan, Wei, Nothnagle, Caleb, Savant, Prashant, Gao, Fan, Wijesundara, Muthu B. J.]. 574-579.
      • Conference Proceeding
        Sensorized Soft Robotic Glove for Continuous Passive Motion Therapy
        Proceedings of the IEEE RAS-EMBS International Conference on Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics
        [Haghshenas-Jaryani, Mandi, Carrigan, Wei, Nothnagle, Caleb, Wijesundara, Muthu B. J.]. 815-820.

      2015
      • Conference Proceeding
        EHD Printing of PEDOT: PSS Inks for Fabricating Pressure and Strain Sensor Arrays on Flexible Substrates
        Proceedings of SPIE
        [Nothnagle, Caleb, Baptist, JoshuaR., Sanford, Joe, Lee, WooHo, Popa, DanO., Wijesundara, Muthu B. J.]. 9494, DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/12.2177415

      2014
      • Conference Proceeding
        Conformal Grasping Using Feedback Controlled Bubble Actuator Array
        Proceedings of SPIE
        [Carrigan, Wei, Stein, Richard, Mittal, Manoj, Wijesundara, Muthu B. J.]. 9116, DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/12.2058253
      • Conference Proceeding
        EHD as Sensor Fabrication Technology for Robotic Skins
        Proceedings of SPIE
        [Shin, Jeongsik, Lee, WooHo, Nothnagle, CalebP., Wijesundara, Muthu B. J.]. 9116, DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/12.2053429
      • Conference Proceeding
        Next-Generation Robots and Systems Introduction
        Proceedings of SPIE
        [Popa, DanO., Wijesundara, Muthu B. J.]. 9116,

      2011
      • Conference Proceeding
        Array-Nozzle EHD Print Head and Its Drop-on-Demand Experimentation
        [Lee, Sukhan, Kim, Yong-Jae, Sin, Jeongsik, Son, Sanguk, An, Kichul, Choi, Jaeyong, Lee, WooHo, Wijesundara, Muthu, Stephanou, HarryE.]. 516-519.

      2007
      • Conference Proceeding
        Corrosion enhanced capacitive strain gauge at 370 degrees C
        IEEE Sensors
        [Jamshidi, Babak, Azevedo, RobertG., Wijesundara, Muthu B. J., Pisano, AlbertP.]. 804-807.
      • Conference Proceeding
        Low temperature ion beam sputter deposition of amorphous silicon carbide for wafer-level vacuum sealing
        PROCEEDINGS: IEEE MICRO ELECTRO MECHANICAL SYSTEMS
        [Jones, DebbieG., Azevedo, RobertG., Chan, MatthewW., Pisano, AlbertP., Wijesundara, Muthu B. J.]. 29-32.
      • Conference Proceeding
        Silicon carbide coated MEMS strain sensor for harsh environment applications
        Proceedings IEEE Micro Electro Mechanical Systems
        [Azevedo, RobertG., Zhang, Jingchun, Jones, DebbieG., Myers, DavidR., Jog, AnandV., Jamshidi, Babak, Wijesundara, Muthu B. J., Maboudian, Roya, Pisano, AlbertP.]. 826-+.

      2005
      • Conference Proceeding
        Piezoelectric thin film ALN annular dual contour mode bandpass filter
        Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems Division of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers
        [Stephanou, PhilipJ., White, CarolynD., Piazza, Gianluca, Wijesundara, Muthu B. J., Pisano, AlbertP.]. 7, 517-523.

      2003

      2011
      • Other
        Silicon Carbide Microsystems for Harsh Environments Introduction
        MEMS Reference Shelf
        [Wijesundara, Muthu B. J., Azevedo, RobertG.]. 1-32.

Service to the University

    • Oct 2020 to  Present Committee Member
      the Institutional Lab Safety Board
    • Nov 2016 to  Oct 2017 Committee Member
      Member of the Task Force on Recruitment and Retention of Under-Represented Faculty and Staff at UTA

Service to the Community

Service to the Community

    • May 2016 to  Apr 2017
      Founding Fellow
      SaferCare Texas Patient Safety Institute