TAV Science Student Receives Internship to Work On 3D Bone Engineering

TAV Science Student Receives Internship to Work On 3D Bone Engineering

TAV Health Sciences student Yisca Perez was pleasantly surprised on her last day of the Winter 2019 semester when she was told that she was selected for the opportunity to be an intern at one of Montreal’s leading biotech labs, as well as the recipient of a $5,000 working scholarship.

3D PRINT BONE ENGINEERING

Perez said she received word about the opportunity via email but heavily debated if she would even apply for it because she felt her chances of being selected within the candidate pool was slim. However, her parents were ultimately the ones who pushed her to go after the opportunity. Perez received assistance with her application on how to make it more persuasive by two of TAV’s staff members, Marie-Lou Larouche (Academic Advisor) and Nima Nateghi (Science Program Coordinator). Moreover, the last day of classes for the Winter 2019 semester, Yisca was requested to attend a meeting with Dr. Nateghi and he informed her that she had won the scholarship. The internship was offered by the Fonds de recherche du Quebec – Nature et technologies (FRQNT), in cooperation with the Montreal General Hospital, under the supervision of Professor Derek Rosenzweig (Assistant professor at the Department of Surgery, McGill University). The internship focused on 3D printing bone engineering. The research is designed to discover new methods to be able to 3D print bones for disabled people who have suffered a major injury resulting in the loss of a bone. Perez said that this new technology has the capability to be life-changing.

CUSTOMIZED BONES TO FIT EXACT SPECIFICATIONS

As opposed to the current methods of bone transplant, which is damaging bones from one part of the body and transplanting it elsewhere, 3D print bone engineering will have the capability to print customized bones to fit the exact specifications of the recipient’s injury zone.

 

GIVEN THE WRONG PRINT MATERIALS

Perez’s task was to research different ratios of 3D print material, ABS, (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene) to bone matter (hydroxyapatite), and then determine which ratio produces the best situation for positive cell growth. Unfortunately, Perez was given the wrong 3D print material: she was given ABS, however, she was supposed to be testing the ratios with PLA (Polylactic acid). The reason this 3D print material was wrong is because ABS plastic has a much higher melting point. Nonetheless, Perez stated that they (her supervisor and the laboratory staff) were very happy with the work she did throughout the summer and the project is expected to be resumed next summer by another student. Perez said that she left detailed research notes so that the selected student (to receive the same internship) in the summer of 2020 will be able to easily pick up where she left off.

 

As a side note, to conclude this article, the TAV College administration is always very proud and enthusiastic about honouring and sharing the stories of our students’ success in academics. We congratulate Yisca on this outstanding opportunity and we wish her the best of luck in her future endeavours; the sky’s the limit.

TAV College to Expand its Campus by 2020

TAV College to Expand its Campus by 2020

Computer aided rendering of the new building concept, TAV College.
EXPANDING DUE TO GROWING ENROLMENT NUMBERS

It has been announced by the administration of TAV College that the institution will be having a new structure built at 5995 Decarie Boulevard to expand the college’s campus.

“With a consistently growing number of annual student enrolment, the board of directors of TAV College has decided to purchase land nearby and build more space for the college to grow for years to come.”

Eli Meroz, Director of Studies

The new building will finally have some very exciting features that students have been demanding for years.

A GYMNASIUM AND LIRBARY

The street level floor will be a state-of-the-art library and study hall with brand new computers and lavish interior design, according to Meroz. The library will not necessarily be devoted to traditional stock, i.e. books and literature. Instead, it will take on a more contemporary style and depend on technology as the main highlight for the information space.

The other floors will be devoted to brand new classrooms with the newest technologies and teaching equipment, as well as office space to accommodate more and more teaching and administrative staff.

UNANTICIPATED PROBLEMS

“Although the building is planned to be completed and ready to use by the Fall of twenty-twenty, you never know which types of problems you will run into along the way,”

said Meroz during an interview. TAV is now in the process of designing the new building, as well as negotiating the designs with city officials. Meroz states that the design for the building has already undergone four redesigns due to city regulations and engineering suggestions.

Also, the current building sitting at 5995 Decarie had to undergo a “heritage site” investigation to determine if the structure was of any significance to Quebec/Canadian history. Luckily for the College, the site was not deemed a heritage site and could be therefore demolished, however, the city is insisting that the new building pay homage to the old and retain some of its features.

The building currently at 5995 Decarie was, at once, a bank and eventually a police station, finally it will now be the new home of TAV College. Despite all the complications with the project, the director is confident that the new building will be ready to use by the expected completion date.

TWO NEW AND EXCITING PROGRAMS

TAV currently has over nine hundred and fifty enrolled students and, according to Meroz, the College is expected to have well over one thousand two hundred by the time the new campus is ready. With that being said, the college is looking into expanding its programs to attract larger numbers of enrolment.

“We currently have two new and very exciting programs at TAV: A social sciences program, as well as a coding program in which students are guaranteed employment upon graduation,”

states Meroz. The social sciences option is a two year DEC program geared towards students who are searching for a program that touches on many different fields of study, which prepares the students for many possible university paths.

The coding program is a six month training intensive that has a partnership with a company entitled Shorify, which guarantees students (who have achieved a seventy five percent or more average) a job upon completion of the course. According to the director, the college will be eagerly looking into more partnerships with corporations for its students such as this program has done.

THE FUTURE OF TAV?

The future of TAV College is definitely an exciting one, however; it is full of unpredictability. The institution is in a constant state of change and innovation. The new building will not only create job opportunities for some twenty plus teachers and instructors, but will allow hundreds of new students to achieve their academic goals. It is inevitable that one day TAV will be competing against larger, reputable institutions such as Dawson College, or Vanier.

This article was updated on December 3, 2019.