Omar Tawakol
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3,104 / 28,245
Skill pts: 6


I am a Ph.D. candidate in biomedical engineering. I have been involved in the design and fabrication of medical devices. I have 3 years of CAD design experience, using Autodesk Inventor, AutoCAD, and SolidWorks.


  • Graduate Research Assistant Illinois Institute of Technology · Nov 2019 – Present 4 mos  Leading project focused on the development of an intraspinal microsimulation system to restore standing and walking for people with spinal cord injury.  Designed and tested a rapid insertion surgical system for the IntraCortical Vision Prosthesis (ICVP) project. The purpose of the insertion system is to implant Wireless Floating Microelectrode Array (WFMA) devices in the cortical brain tissue with minimal damage.  Designed the mechanical structure of a telemetry control unit to enable wireless communication with implantable WFMA device.  Followed medical device safety regulations and obtained FDA approval to utilize the devices in clinical trials.
  • CAD / SolidWorks design Illinois Institute of Technology · Nov 2019 – Present 4 mos Chicago, IL, USA
  • Medical Imaging Tempus Labs Inc · Jan 2018 – May 2018 4 mos Chicago, IL, USA  Developed an image analysis algorithm to perform tumor segmentation using Python.  Evaluated the accuracy of automated tumor segmentation using 3D slicer.  Created a database of labeled MRI and CT tumor scans used to train a classifying machine learning algorithm.
  • Biomedical Engineering Tutor Academic Resource Center - IIT · Jan 2016 – Oct 2017 1 yrs 9 mos Chicago  Provided tutoring for undergraduate students in multiple biomedical engineering courses.


  • Illinois Institute of Technology Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Biomedical Engineering, 3.90 2018 – 2023 (expected)
  • University of Chicago Exchange Programm 3 years long, Computational Neuroscience, 4.0 2018 – 2021 (expected)
  • Illinois Institute of Technology BS, Biomedical Engineering, 3.56 2014 – 2018


English Native or bilingual proficiency

Arabic Native or bilingual proficiency


Chicago, IL, United States