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Rebecca A. Bercich

Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Dr. Rebecca Bercich's doctoral research focused on the development of wirelessly powered implantable devices that record and stimulate bioelectric activity. She was the lead graduate student on a neuromuscular interfaces project that produced a patent and a fully wireless myoelectric sensor array for upper-limb amputees using myoelectric prostheses. Dr. Bercich earned teaching awards throughout her graduate studies and served as a guest speaker at Women in Engineering programs that encouraged high school students to explore STEM careers.

Teaching Interests

  • Mechatronics
  • Measurement systems
  • Engineering design
  • Materials engineering

Research Experiences

  • Atmospheric water harvesting
  • Global engineering
  • Biosensors
  • Biological markers of neuropathic pain

Select Publications & Presentations

  • Bercich, R. A., Wang, Z., Mei, H., Smith, L. H., Seburn, K. L., Hargrove, L. H. and Irazoqui, P. P., “Enhancing the Versatility of Wireless Biopotential Acquisition for Myoelectric Prosthetic Control,” Journal of Neural Engineering, Vol. 13 (4), 2016
  • Mei, H., Thackston, K. A., Bercich, R. A., Jefferys, J. G. R. and Irazoqui, P. P., “Cavity Resonator Wireless Power Transfer System for Freely-Moving Animal Experiments,” Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, pp. 99, 2016
  • Seburn, K. L., Bercich, R. A., Wang, Z., Pederson, D., Mei, H. and Irazoqui, P. P., “Miniature Wireless and Batteryless Device for Longitudinal Recording and Stimulating of Bioelectric Events in Small Animals,” 45th Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, 2015
  • Bercich, R. A., “Improving the Mechanistic Study of Inherited Peripheral Neuropathies through Development of a Wireless Neuromuscular Recording Device” (Invited Presentation), University of Minnesota Biomedical Engineering Graduate Student Association, 2014
  • Seburn, K. L., Bercich, R. A. and Irazoqui, P. P., “Development of Miniaturized, Wirelessly Powered Neuromuscular Recording Devices for Use in Mice,” Ninth International Motoneuron Meeting, 2014
  • Bercich, R., Duffy, D. and Irazoqui, P. P., “Far Field RF Powering of Implantable Devices: Safety Considerations,” Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, Vol. 16 (8), 2,107-2,012, 2013
  • Bercich, R., Wang, Z., Seburn, K. L. and Irazoqui, P. P., “Implantable Sensor for Longitudinal Recording of Spontaneous and Voluntary-Evoked EMG and NAP in Untethered Animals,” Sixth International Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers/Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society Conference on Neural Engineering, 2013
  • Bercich, R., Bernhard, J., Larson, K. and Lindsey, J., “Hand-Held Plasma Isolation Device for Point-of-Care Testing,” Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, Vol. 58 (3), 759-762, 2010

Awards & Honors

  • Estus H. and Vashti L. Magoon Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2015
  • Teaching Academy Graduate Teaching Award, Purdue University, 2015
  • Third Place, National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance Biomedical Engineering Startup Competition, 2011

Academic Degrees

  • PhD, Purdue University, 2016
  • MS, Purdue University, 2011
  • BS, Purdue University, 2010