In the future, a “smart” bandage being developed at FIU’s College of Engineering and Computing could remotely send real-time information directly to physicians to advise them how well a patient’s chronic wound is healing.

That’s the hope of the project’s mastermind, Satheesh Bojja Venkatakrishnan, a research assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Venkatakrishnan’s work in the development of a wireless, adhesive bandage to monitor wounds has led to a prestigious National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Initiation Initiative (CRII) grant, also known as a “mini CAREER” award. The highly competitive NSF grant is awarded annually to support the promising research of a small number of principal investigators who are early career academicians.

“It’s very gratifying to receive this award to further my research because millions of Americans suffer from chronic skin wounds ― from burns, diabetes, ulcers and other skin conditions,” Venkatakrishnan said. “These wounds often result in infection and require frequent doctor visits. Treating them can be a painstaking process and quite expensive.”

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