muelenaerAndre A Muelenaer, MD, MS

Education: BS Biology, VT 1975; MS Zoology. VT 1979; MD. Eastern Virginia Medical School 1979; Residency Pediatrica. William Beaumont Army Medical Center- 1982; Fellowship Pediatric Pulmonology- UNC Chapel Hill 1988
Dr. Muelenaer serves as Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine; Adjunct Professor, Virginia Tech Wake Forest University School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences; Adjunct Professor- Virginia Tech Faculty of Health Sciences; Visiting Associate Professor, Paediatrics/Child Health, Busitema University, Mbale, Uganda. He has extensive global health experience, including: 27 years combined active/reserve duty as US Army Medical Corps physician, including service as Camp Surgeon, directing all medical and public health operations for one of four US enemy prisoner of war/Iraqi refugee camps during first Gulf War (1991). Co-founded the Pediatric Medical Device Institute, along with VT ME faculty member, Dr. Al Wicks. Mentored dozens of VT engineering and life sciences undergraduates, served on graduate committees of 8 ME students, and research advisor of 4 VTCSoM medical students. Participated in development of appropriate affordable medical devices intended for use in low- and middle-income countries. Since 2004 have served as VP & chief medical officer, chair of board, president &CEO, of CitiHope International, an international humanitarian and medical relief organization. Traveled extensively conducting needs assessments, monitoring and evaluation of programs, meeting with governmental and business leadership in US and throughout Africa, central Asia, and Dominican Republic. Since 1990, CitiHope has procured, shipped and distributed over $1 billion in medicine, medical supplies, nutritional and developmental resources worldwide.

Dexter Austin

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Education: BS Mechanical Engineering, Virginia Tech, Spring 2016
Dexter is currently an undergraduate student at Virginia Tech, majoring in mechanical engineering. Dexter’s interest in biomedical engineering and health professions led him to join PMDI in September 2014. As a student researcher, Dexter works primarily on the project to monitor patients with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome. Dexter plans to continue on to graduate school and earn a master’s degree in mechanical engineering.


Phil Repisky


Education: BS Mechanical Engineering, Virginia Tech, Spring 2016
Phil joined PMDI in 2014 to spearhead the design and build of Global AIR (version 2) for travel and demonstration in Malawi. Since then, Phil has been a part of the Global AIR design modifications (version 3). He now primarily works on the Non-Contact Respiration project using thermal imaging. Phil’s research interests are mainly in the field of Machine Vision and deployable systems. These interests tie in with Phil’s senior design project which involves developing a robotic system to carry out a simplified cataract surgery procedure autonomously.



Ashley Taylor

Education: BS Mechanical Engineering, Virginia Tech, Spring 2014; MS Mechanical Engineering, Virginia Tech, Spring 2016; Master of Public Health, Virginia Tech, Spring 2016
Ashley began working with PMDI as an undergraduate engineering student in May 2011. As an undergraduate, Ashley worked on early diagnosis of Cerebral Palsy in infants. as well as  developing a system for monitoring symptoms of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome. In graduate school, Ashley has focused on global health efforts in Malawi, focusing on community-based innovation in medical devices. Her thesis work focuses on designing an appropriate, affordable suction machine for neonates based on World Health organization standards and community-defined needs in Malawi.