2022 Summer Intern Report: Erick Lassair, Jr.


Xavier University of Louisiana, Class of 2022

Analysis of Focal Point and Peak Negative Pressure due to Transducer Fabrication Error

Project Overview
This summer, I’ve enjoyed my time in Charlottesville working on several projects. The bulk of these projects included the use of MATLAB code and k-Wave software to simulate ultrasound waves and compare results to experimental data obtained by my mentors. Another task included the construction of an Excel spreadsheet that will be used to compare many companies in the industry for a potential future project.

Project Outcomes
The outcomes of my projects were an overall success! I was able to construct and modify existing documents that will be used for a larger, more intensive project. Additionally, the work done to revise MATLAB simulation code and analytical scripts will improve the efficiency of collecting and analyzing results. Throughout the summer, I improved my technical and analytical skills and helped the Foundation team make progress in ongoing projects.

What was the most important learning point of your internship experience?
The most important learning point from the internship was the vastness that not only focused ultrasound offers, but also the endless opportunities that exist in the field of biomedical technology.

Has your internship affected your career plans?
Yes! The internship has allowed me the chance to gain a better insight on where the industry of medical technology is heading and where I would like to make my contributions. Also, the relationships I’ve established with members in the field have further sparked my interest in learning more. 

What is one tip that you would give 2023 summer interns?
Be a sponge and remain open to the leadership of your mentors. Try your absolute best to take advantage of the unique opportunity that the Foundation has to offer. Lastly, always work hard but smart and don’t be afraid to ask any questions that may come about.